Our coached Gymnastics classes are open to boys and girls and work mainly on beam, bars, floor and vault skills. Classes also cover dynamic balances, flexibility stretches and strength work. All children start at Entry Stage where they master the basic skills and move up through Stages 1-4 as they become competent in the skills for that Stage. If they have previous gymnastics experience, they might be invited for a skills assessment and be directed to a more suitable Stage. We have a small number of Boys' classes at Tumbles at Portobello and these classes will also work on Men's Artistic skills and equipment. Children’s progress is monitored against the Edinburgh Leisure competencies and you can keep a track by signing up to our home portal.
Annual Festive Gymnastics Display!
Taking place this Sunday the 3rd December at Meadowbank Sports Centre, the Festive Gymnastics Display has always been a fantastically popular event with large audiences enjoying gymnasts teams and individuals performing routines throughout the day.
It is an amazing spectacle and gives some of the Edinburgh Leisure gymnasts and visitors the opportunity to showcase their achievements. It is also loads of FUN!!
Our tickets are SOLD OUT but click below to view the running order or for more information!
Please book into our Entry Stage class if your child is new to our gymnastics programme, or has had a break and is in Primary 1 or above. Even if they have done some gymnastics before, our coaches will assess all new children coming into these classes and will recommend the correct class for them to move to if appropriate.
If your child has had significant recent experience please submit an enquiry using the form on this page and one of the team will get back to you.
Our 60-minute Entry Stage Gymnastics class is the starting point for all new customers P1 and above. Participants will learn basic gymnastics skills and have the opportunity to build confidence and friendships as well as learning basic skills on vault, beam, bars and floor. They will gain exposure to different types of gymnastics equipment within this class and start to learn the basic skills on each piece of apparatus. There are no prerequisites for this stage of class.
Our Stage 1 Gymnastics class is the next progressive level from Entry Stage. The class is still 60 minutes and during this time participants will further develop the fundamental skills and will start to develop an understanding of the language used within the sport. At this level, they will start to show a desire to build their core, flexibility and strength which will aid improved performance. Participants will consolidate their learning and start to build accuracy on key skills that were learnt at Entry Stage. You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment.
In Stage 2 Gymnastics participants will be demonstrating that they are eager to learn, determination and have a desire to progress within the sport. Training time increases to 90-minute classes and at this level they will build on strength and stamina. On the apparatus, the gymnasts will start to develop their skills and progress onto more challenging skills and start to understand the need for good body tension and spacial awareness. You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment.
Our Stage 3 Gymnastics classes will further progress participant's gymnastics skills. They will see an increase in the length of class to 120 minutes, along with more focus on the accuracy of the skills delivery. On apparatus gymnasts will be challenged with more difficult skills needing good body tension and spacial awareness. You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment.
Our Stage 4 Gymnastics is the top level of coaching within our programme and only available as our bespoke facility at Tumbles at Portobello. Gymnasts continue to perfect the basics and start linking skills together more. Class length is still 120 minutes. You cannot book directly into this class, please book into 'Entry Stage' or request a skills assessment.
What clothing is needed?
Participants are asked whenever possible to arrive ready for their activity as some venues have very limited changing space. Children should wear appropriate stretchy and comfortable clothing that they can move around and be active in, for example T-shirt and shorts, tracksuit bottoms or leggings or a gymnastics leotard (dresses or skirts are not suitable). For reasons of safety at all ages, longer hair should be tied back off the face and jewellery must be removed or taped over for duration of the class. Participants should bring a water bottle with them. They will take part in the gymnastics lessons in bare feet.
Do I need to accompany my child to gymnastics lessons?
P1+ Gymnastics (under 9 yrs) - Parents/carers of our participants may leave the building once the child is safely in their class but should return to the delivery area at the end of the session to collect their child.
P1+ Gymnastics (9 yrs and over) – Participants may arrive and leave classes
Throughout the year every participant is regularly assessed against the expected skills level for their class. The skills and their progress can be viewed by you at any time through our Coaching Portal.