At the Little Gym we have 3 simple rules for our classes and those are:
- Be super super safe!
- Have lots and lots of fun.
- You don’t have to be the best you just have to try your best.
Studies have shown just how important our second rule can be in young people. Because children are specialising in sports younger and younger, more and more children are dropping out of these sports and the majority of them never pick up sports again. This is not good!
Here at the Little Gym Leeds we are all about Serious Fun. We know just how important it is for children to find things fun and interesting. As soon as it’s no longer fun children are not interested.
Our environment is fun, but our purpose is serious. That’s why we embrace a proprietary philosophy called 3-Dimensional Learning, in which physical activity is our tool for nurturing your child as a whole. This approach to skill development means that in every class we teach, we offer growth in not just the physical sense,but we give them brain boosts and life skills. Having a 4 year old sit and listen to the teacher explain the class is a big deal. A 2 year old waiting their turn is a great life skill.
Gymnastics is a great sport for young people to get into as it has so many benefits. They don’t just learn how to do cartwheels and handstands but did you know that taking part in physical activity as a child significantly reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in adulthood.
Other benefits include:
General health: The habits children learn through playing and physical activity are often carried through to adulthood.
Social skills: Attending regular gymnastic classes teaches young people how to communicate with other young people, teamwork and how to engage with adults.
Commitment: Gymnastics requires concentration and commitment. Our 3 and 4 year olds get used to sitting and listening to a teacher talk; preparing them for school.
Strength: We develop strength, body awareness, body control and coordination, all of which will transfer over to any other sports children decide to do later on in life.
Check out this article on the effects of early sports specialisation.