GYMNASTICS AUSTRALIA SUPPORTS PHYSICAL LITERACY FRAMEWORK



Gymnastics Australia today announced its support for Sport Australia’s Physical Literacy Framework. 

As a national sporting federation with over 91% of our members under the age of 12, the Physical Literacy and Sport Australia’s framework to promote the health and wellbeing of every day Australians resonates strongly with Gymnastics Australia’s commitment to participation and development of everyday stills in individuals of all ages.

“The Physical Literacy Framework provides all sporting and physical recreation organisations with the tools to ensure everyone has the skills to lead active and healthy lives,” said Gymnastics Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Kitty Chiller.

“Gymnastics provides a solid foundation for movement and physical activity for life with programs offered to children as young as 12 months of age through to older adults and individuals from all walks of life.”

With programs such as KinderGym, specifically for children aged 0-5 years of ages, and Fitter for Life, at the other end of the spectrum with participants aged 55 and over, Gymnastics Australia is focused on providing programs and environments where anyone can be involved in sport. 

“Physical literacy is embedded in Gymnastics programs and we are continuing to work closely with Sport Australia to strengthen alignment thereby ensuring that gymnastics provides the fundamental movement skills for individuals to enjoy all sport and active recreation.” Chiller said.

As an official endorser of Physical Literacy, the framework focuses on four areas covering physical, psychological, social and cognitive development for individuals and aims to promote the learning of skills, knowledge and behaviours through physical activity. 

These skills are not just sport specific but are movement skills such as numeracy, reading and writing that are critical in everyday life. 

This framework is an invaluable tool for educators, coaches and families as they promote and contribute to the development of Australian children across the country, establishing these habits for physical activity essential in ensuring children have happy and healthy lives.

Broken down into five stages, pre-foundational, foundation and exploration, acquisition and accumulation, consolidation and mastery and finally transfer and empowerment, the development elements can be specifically tailored to children of all ages, ensuring that no child is excluded from physical literacy.  

Building on the understanding of fundamental movement skills, the Physical Literacy Framework is the key to helping children engage in regular physical activity will provide numerous health and academic benefits in the future.

For more information on Physical Literacy, visit https://www.sportaus.gov.au/physical_literacy 

To find your local gymnastics program, visit http://www.gymnastics.org.au/