Gymnastics is the perfect activity to prepare children for long-term participation in sport and helps to develop the fundamental movement skills for life.
Our state of the art gymnastics facility is fully equipped with balance beams, bungee, climbing ropes, foam pit, parallel bars, rings, sprung floor, trampolines, uneven bars and more.
Children who participate in gymnastics will benefit from:
- Enhanced development of fundamental movement patterns
- Enhanced flexibility
- Ability to learn how to jump, land and fall safely
- Increase in balance
- Increase to both aerobic and anaerobic endurance
- Unique long-term bone forming and strengthening advantages
- Building self-esteem, preparing the body and mind for life’s challenges
School age program information
LaunchpadSuitable for: Children aged five to 14 years
The YMCA Launchpad program involves all apparatus and gymnastics disciplines. The aim of the program is to develop life skills including; confidence, self esteem, discipline, body awareness, strength, flexibility and movement foundations from which the basis of all other sports are formed.
Classes are available every day of the week.
GymstarSuitable for: Children aged five to 14 who have progressed from the Launchpad program
Gymstar is a recreational-competitive program with an emphasis on technique and execution. Gymnasts progress through Gymstar levels and attend external competitions to perform competitive level skills. Gymstar classes are grouped according to age and ability. It builds further on the skills already learned in the Launchpad program.
Classes are available Monday to Saturday at a variety of times depending on the level.
Suitable for: Children aged 10 to 16 years old
This class is suitable for teens who have not participated in gymnastics before. This class will develop skills for the intention of moving into our Launchpad program.
Classes are on
- Wednesdays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
- Fridays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
- Bookings and enquiries
Cancellations, suspensions and refunds
SuspensionsMedical suspensions must be submitted at the centre or emailed to email@example.com with a copy of the medical certificate. Medical suspensions can only be backdated for one month and must last a minimum of two weeks in duration. Participants wishing to maintain their place in their class must remain enrolled and pay gymnastics fees during voluntary absences (school camps, holidays etc).
Alternatively, participants may organise a make-up class or are able to cancel and re-enroll at a time convenient for them without guarantee that their position will be maintained. There are no additional fees associated with re-enrolment.
CancellationsParticipants wishing to cancel their enrolment must do so by completing a cancellation request form at reception or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a period of notice of 14 days, unless otherwise specified, between the date of request and the date of actual termination, during which any payments due must still be paid in full.
RefundsWe do not offer refunds for classes missed. Any credit provided is at the discretion of the gymnastics club. Cash refunds are not provided for account credits.
For your safety:
Please wait behind the red tape until your coach or the teacher in charge collects you for your class.
- Please don’t use the equipment unless your coach is supervising you
- Listen and follow all instructions given by your coach, they are here to help
- No flips or somersaults without your coach’s permission
- One at a time on the trampoline, rope, rings and bars
- Please do not leave the room without first checking with your coach
- If your hair is long you need to tie it back off your face
- Please take off all jewellery, watches and wearable technology
- You will be moving a lot so no stockings, belts, denim or dresses
Other important things:
- We don’t want you to miss any class time so be sure to visit the toilet before class
- Please respect our staff, coaches and other participant
- Be considerate of others and use appropriate language - swearing is not OK
- Parents or guardians are not permitted to enter the gymnastic area but are encouraged to watch from the viewing area
- No photos or videos to be taken without prior discussion with the coach
The most important rule is to have FUN!
For your safety:
- Look before you jump
- Don’t cover your head and shoulders with foam
- No throwing foam at people
For your safety:
- One person at a time on the trampoline
- No flips or somersaults without your coach’s permission
- Look before you jump
Play Gym rules
- Adults must provide constant supervision of their child
- A-Frame rings, high bar and high beam are out of bounds
- No touching chalk in bowls
- Hands only on rings – no feet
- One person at a time on the equipment
Frequently asked questions
How can my child change or upgrade to a new class?Participants may change their class day or time, or upgrade to a new level at any time. Once the participant displays 70-80% competency in the skills for their current level, as per our LaunchPad curriculum. Your child’s coach will notify you when they are ready to progress. Once notified, please proceed to reception to organise your new class day and time. Changes will not be made automatically. Upgrades and changes are dependent on class availability. Additional fees may be applicable when changing classes or increasing the number of training hours.
What should my child wear?Macleod YMCA requires participants to wear comfortable, appropriately sized active wear to all gymnastics programs. Participants are not permitted to wear socks, shoes, denim, dresses, skirts or stockings while participating in classes. No jewellery should be worn by participants, as this has the potential to cause injury to the gymnast or coach and may damage apparatus. Earrings should not be worn, however small studs are acceptable.
Hair should be tied back neatly and should not get into the participants eyes or face.
For older gymnasts, deodorant is required.
Can I take photos of my child?Macleod YMCA does not permit parents, guardians, spectators or participants to take photographs of children participating in gymnastics programs. YMCA is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people. We are aware that photography and video can be misused for inappropriate purposes, and by prohibiting this behaviour, can minimise the risk of misuse within our programs.
Full details of the YMCA Safeguarding Children and Young People can be obtained on request at the centre, or go to our terms and conditions page.
Member / participant conductInappropriate physical, verbal or other behaviour towards any employee, contractor, guest or participant of Macleod YMCA, may result in removal from the facility and cancellation of enrolment. Management reserves the right to refuse entry to any individual at its discretion. Participants in Macleod YMCA programs are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Macleod YMCA rules, as displayed in centre. Failure to comply with the Macleod YMCA rules may result in disciplinary action or the cancellation of enrolment.
What is a make-up class?If your child misses their usual class and you advise us with at least two hours' notice that you can’t attend, you are eligible for a make-up class.
A make-up class allows your child to participate in another class of the same level. Make-up class availability is dependent on vacancies in other classes. We wish we could, but unfortunately we can’t always give you the same teacher or a time that you may ideally prefer.
What classes are available for a make-up?All preschool and recreational classes will have a make-up option available. To enquire about make-up classes please call (03) 9459 9022 or email email@example.com.
Can I book my make-up class now for it to occur in two weeks?Enrolments in each class change frequently, this is due to a number of reasons such as children progressing to the next level and families needing to move to another day. In order to provide families with continued program flexibility for permanent class enrolments, make-up classes can only be booked a maximum seven days in advance.
What happens if I’m not able to attend my make-up class?A make-up class cannot be made for a make-up class. Unfortunately, a make-up class that is unattended is forfeited.
I forgot to mark my child absent. Can I still use my make-up class?We require you to mark your child absent to be eligible for a make-up class. Giving us as much notice as possible also creates more opportunities for other students to have their make-up classes.
How long do I have to use a make-up class?A make-up class must be used within one month of the missed class. Unused make-up classes are forfeit after one month.
Fees and payments
Play Gym classes are available on a casual basis and are $9 first child, $8 each additional child per family per class, paid at reception on the day of the class.
Membership fees are paid fortnightly by direct debit. The gymnastics program runs for 46 weeks over the course of the year.
Gymnastics membership fees fortnightly direct debit are $36.60 for a weekly one hour class.
Gymnastics Victoria membership fees
Annual preschool registration fee: $45.00
All participants of the gymnastics program will be charged an annual membership fee pertaining to the state body for gymnastics, Gymnastics Victoria. This fee covers the development of the gymnastics programs and insurance.
This membership fee is to be paid in full upon enrolment, and then in your / your child’s first direct debit each year thereafter. This fee includes registration with Gymnastics Victoria / Australia for the calendar year. This fee is not refundable, but may be transferable between affiliated Victorian gymnastics clubs.
Insurance, medical attention, liability and acceptance of risk
Personal accident insurance is included in the Gymnastics Victoria membership fee paid annually by each participant. Accident insurance is provided by Marsh Advantage insurance and may cover injuries sustained whilst doing gymnastics at or with Macleod YMCA. All claims must be notified to Marsh Advantage insurance as 'Banyule YMCA Gymnastics Club' within 120 days of the accident.
Medical attentionParents are responsible for ensuring that Macleod YMCA is given all relevant contact details in the event of a medical emergency. Where immediate medical attention is required, and neither parents nor the emergency contact can be contacted, the parent or guardian of the participant gives consent for the child to be treated by a medical professional as arranged by Macleod YMCA. Macleod YMCA will contact emergency services (e.g. ambulance) in the event of any major injuries. All fees associated with seeking medical attention (including ambulance costs) on behalf of your child are the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the participant concerned. Parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to consider ambulance cover and private health insurance in the event of an emergency involving your child.
Liability and acceptance of risk
Any activity involving height or motion, including gymnastics and related activities, or involving gymnastics equipment, including trampolines, sprung floors, bars, balance beams, vaulting equipment, or physical activity in general, involves significant risk of participants suffering personal injury, including the possibility of serious injury, permanent disability or death. All participants who engage in such activities do so at their own risk.