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The MYLeadership Academy is an initiative set up by British Gymnastics, and is a voluntary group of young people aged 12+ within a club, school, or leisure centre who want to develop their leadership skills.

The leadership academy gives you the opportunity to work with coaches who will supervise and support you when you undertake coaching courses and other generic courses.

There are awards, rewards and recognition available at various stages of completion to encourage the leaders to continue to develop. Academy members follow the MYLeadership Academy Programme. The leaders meet throughout the year with their Academy Captain to help plan events, complete training and socialise as a group.

What is it?

The MyLeadership Academy Programme is designed to create a structure which young people can follow to help them develop as leaders within gymnastics environments (schools, clubs and leisure centres). The programme encourages leaders to complete five different ‘topic’ areas:

  • MY Learning: Leaders are tasked with completing a number of different courses, both generic and sport specific.

  • MY Development: Leaders are tasked with identifying a mentor and learning from working alongside them.

  • MY Volunteering: Leaders are tasked with volunteering their time at events and meetings.

  • MY Future: Leaders are tasked with producing a development plan and working towards completing their goals.

  • MY Projects: Leaders are tasked with identifying appropriate needs, and running a project to add benefits to themselves and their club.

The programme introduces Young Leaders to the various roles and opportunities available within gymnastics, helps them to identify their strengths and the aspects of gymnastics they enjoy and encourages leaders to stay within the sport for longer, creating a larger and stronger workforce for the future.

The programme is structured, yet flexible in that it can be adapted to suit the needs of individuals and different environments.

How can it benefit you?

Leaders will work with an experienced and enthusiastic, qualified gymnastics coach currently working for Vivace Gymnastics to gain knowledge of coaching gymnastics and working with young children. You will be able to gain coaching qualifications and other generic qualifications throughout your time including safeguarding, first aid, judging, events management and club management. The programme is designed to be fun and to allow young people to learn new skills and meet new people. It will also enhance your CV, develop you as an individual and hopefully put you on the path to your first job.

Our Current Members


Erin Pennthomas - Academy Captain Bullers Wood


Sherina Mogane

What does the MYLeadership Academy mean to you?

" It means I get to help other children fall in love with gymnastics just like I did "


Sophia Draycott

What would you like to achieve within MY Leadership Academy?

" Within the Academy I would like to help young children achieve their goals with my support and also improve my coaching skills"


Ruby Bennett

Why did you want to be a part of MYLeadership Academy?

" I wanted to become a part of the academy as I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and to be a part of young gymnasts development. "


Maddison Henry

What would you like to achieve within MY Leadership Academy?

" Within the leadership academy, i would like to improve my coaching skills, i would like ot design and lead sessions and achieve a womens artistic or general coaching qualification "


Erin Taylor

Why did you want to be a part of MYLeadership Academy?

" I wanted to be a part of the academy because i think its really beneficial for me to have some experience in the workplace and even though i dont do gymnastics anymore i still love to be around the sport and help young people."


Daria Schimke

What do you think will be the best part of the Academy?

" I think the best part of the Academy is that it gives us a clear pathway to follow, as well as allowing us to do things that we perhaps might not be able to find and do otherwise, like courses and workshops. "


Nina Gordge

Eleanor Davis

What does the MYLeadership Academy mean to you?

" To me the academy means a community where I am able to grow and learn new skills while having fun. I am able to develop my coaching while also helping young children"


Grace Buckingham

What would you like to achieve within MY Leadership Academy?

" I would definitely like to start looking at Disability Gymnastics. I would love to be qualified in that discipline because I think I can learn alot. "


Isla Bushell

What do you think will be the best part of the Academy?

"  I think the best part of the academy is how nice everyone i s. I love working with the other coaches and the children are lovely!"

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Emily Talbot - Academy Captain Bromley


Emmy Lawrence

Why did you want to be part of MYLeadership Academy

" I would really like to teach younger gymnasts that they can achieve their goals. "


Rachel Hunt

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in joining our Leadership Academy, we would love to meet you to talk to you in more detail about who we are, what we do and the opportunities this  academy can offer.

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