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ANNUAL REPORT 2015/16

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Annual Report 2015/16 Keep Updated Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH12 9DQ T: 0131 271 9750  E: info@scottishgymnastics.org  www.scottishgymnastics.org Registered in Scotland Company Number SC177815

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CONTENTS Chairman’s Introduction 4 CEO’s Report 5 6 Gymnastics Development Gymnastics Development 15 Participation 18 Workforce Development 19 14 22 2015/16 A Year in Numbers Performance Gymnastics International Profile Performance Programme Performance Support Programmes Competition Participation 7 9 12 13 23

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Technical & Gymnastics Panel Reports Acrobatic Gymnastics 25 Men’s Artistic 27 Rhythmic 29 TeamGym 30 Trampoline 32 Women’s Technical Panel 33 24 34 Commercial Operations Marketing & Communications Corporate Social Responsibility Board Update Business Review Financial Statements Directors Report 45 Accounts 47 44 35 36 38 40

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4 SCOTTISH GYMNASTICS ANNUAL REPORT 2015/16 Chairman’s Introduction It seems that, with each year, the focus on gymnastics in Scotland increases. Following the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scotland welcomed the World Championships to Glasgow last October. This presented an opportunity for our sport to be celebrated in a truly exceptional showcase of the world’s best gymnastic talent, who delivered performances of the highest standard. With qualification for the Rio Olympics on offer to successful teams and individuals, the Championships did not disappoint in any way. Ground-breaking success for Great Britain made sure home advantage was rewarded, inspiring the next generation of young gymnasts to imitate their idols. Congratulations to all involved in the planning, development and delivery of the event. It was a truly wonderful spectacle which will live long in our memory. Following hard on the heels of the World Championships was an event which was very much a highlight of the last year. The reintroduction of our Annual Awards, combined with our 125th Anniversary Dinner, was a truly inspiring evening. We were able to celebrate achievements both recent and in the distant past, and those at the start of their journey were able to hear from those who are much further along the path. Recognition of achievement is not something we should ever undervalue and we have many who have made significant contributions to shaping our sport, its culture and values and I am sure the Annual Awards will become one of the key events on our calendar in years to come. Reflecting on our achievements brings me back to reviewing our own progress over the last four years. Being close to the process, it is sometimes difficult to take a bird’s eye view and remainimpartial and it is natural in such circumstances to be self-critical and understate what has been achieved. That said, I am confident we now have the necessary building blocks in place to move the sport forward and make a real impact. A strong governance structure has been established, a sound financial position is emerging and the membership continues to grow at an increasing rate year on year. Looking back to the start of the process, the development of our new strategy was one of the main focal points of our activity. Through consultation, a new long-term vision was established where it was agreed that we would aspire to world-class standards in everything we do. Scottish Gymnastics is now ideally placed to support the delivery of these ambitious plans. At the end of the first year of implementing our strategic plan, we are well ahead on projections for membership forecasts and financial targets. This is due to the significant growth steps our clubs have made. We now have many clubs working to formal business plans and many more looking to take advantage of the range of new support measures which have been launched or will be made available over the coming months. Scottish Gymnastics’ commitment to working with and listening to our members will also be reinforced later this year with the launch of our new board advisory groups, which we hope to have up and running in the Autumn. The objective is to improve the board’s interaction and engagement with members and to fully utilise the vast experience and expertise which exists within our sport, to shape the future implementation plans. In addition, in order to re-affirm our long-term vision and provide a reference framework related to our approach to implementation, a range of consultation events will take place later this year. As we move forward, our working environment continues to evolve and change. This results in an altered context for our decision making as our view of the future may be different today than the one we envisioned three years ago. It is vitally important we keep our vision and destination at the forefront of our work to meet the evolving needs of our members, with frequent small adjustments to course always easier to implement than major changes of direction. Scott Harper Chairman

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WWW.SCOTTISHGYMNASTICS.ORG 5 CEO’s Report 2015 – The first year of the new twelve-year strategic plan and vision with the aim of empowering clubs to achieve their goals. The strategic approach places clubs and members at the centre with the aim of supporting clubs to be the best they can be; providing accessible programmes for coaches, officials and volunteers and to inspire and nurture emerging talent. In delivering these strategic objectives we announced changes to the staffing and technical panel structure to meet the needs of the membership; a membership that has grown significantly over this last year to more than 20,000. The team of Club Business and Development managers has developed and introduced a number of opportunities and programmes in supporting clubs to be the best they can be and meet their own ambitions. Support has been offered and taken making use of the expertise within the organisation to improve club structures and systems, legal status and governance. Starting in Inverness we have launched a series of ‘Drop in Clinics’ for clubs to seek advice and raise concerns. We introduced a ‘Club Leaders Forum’ to strengthen the network of leaders shaping the sport for the future. We now have the expertise within the organisation to better meet the individual needs of clubs by providing business planning and facility development support and advice. Additionally we have been able to offer expertise in the form of the Roberts Partnership providing a series of workshops under the theme of ‘Enhancing your Club’; plus via BDO accountants and business advisors to provide employment tax workshops and helpline. The introduction of a Workforce Development Manager to the team has provided an increased focus in providing accessible support programmes for coaches and officials. With the support of Active Advantage and SSE, coach mentoring workshops have been introduced to accelerate coach development. The strengthening relationship with British Gymnastics has enhanced the formal education offering, with the introduction of e-learning and a Level 3 Generic module. To complement the work of the Technical Panels in developing coaches and judges a Future Workforce Programme has been introduced; online CPD has been launched, and with the support of Edinburgh Napier University, a Post Graduate Diploma has been developed. With the aim of expanding our talent pool and developing Scottish gymnasts to British and World Performance levels, a new approach to developing performance gymnasts has been introduced. This provides a better alignment between Scottish and British approaches and is focussed on developing hard work, continuous improvement and an emphasis on coach development. In addition to the new programmes we have been able to gain additional support from sportscotland through the Coaching Futures initiative and Sports Coach UK Aspire programme to further develop coaches to support performance sport. The profile of gymnastics continues to grow and for many inside and outside of the sport the World Artistic Championships was a highlight of the year. It’s important to note and thank the large number of Scottish judges, volunteers and clubs who contributed to the success of the event. The profile of the sport continues to grow helped along by a number of notable international successes across many disciplines and captured in the International Profile section of the report. In its final year in Irvine, Gymfest had more participants and spectators than ever before. Fitness Scotland has been part of the organisation for a number of years. In the interests of allowing Fitness Scotland to grow and raise its own unique profile it detached itself from Scottish Gymnastics to set up as its own independent company. The Annual Awards were re-introduced this year to recognise the achievements, commitment and dedication in our sport. There will always be many more who go unrecognised. I’d like to finish by saying thank you to the Technical Panels, clubs, members, volunteers, coaches and helpers for all the hard work, energy and commitment that goes into making gymnastics a great sport. Lastly a particular thank you to our supporters and partners, sportscotland, Commonwealth Games Scotland and each of our sponsors who make a significant contribution to the development of gymnastics in Scotland. Euan Lowe CEO

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Performance Gymnastics

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WWW.SCOTTISHGYMNASTICS.ORG PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS 7 International Profile It has been another busy year for Scottish gymnasts on the international stage with some outstanding results across our performance disciplines. March was a busy and successful month with Scotland retaining the Acrobatic Celtic Cup for the fourth consecutive year in Limerick, Ireland and the British Artistic Championships at the Liverpool Echo Arena with a number of Scottish gymnasts making podium. In the senior category Daniel Purvis and Frank Baines on the back of the Commonwealth campaign performed exceptionally and, in the allaround competition clinched the gold and silver respectively. In the Junior category Largs gymnast Louise McColgan had a superb competition demonstrating to her GB Junior Squad team mates that she’s one to watch. Louise walked away with a silver in floor final and bronze in the beam final. City of Glasgow’s Kelvin Cham also performed well in the U18 category and, after securing the bronze medal on the floor in his age group, progressed through to the Masters final. In April 2015 the European Artistic Championships took place in Montpellier, France. Following a successful British, Daniel Purvis produced strong performances, demonstrating coolness under pressure with no major errors and highlights on floor and parallel bars. Daniel once again positioned himself as one of the World’s best gymnasts coming away with the AA bronze. On the 25th April, a full delegation of gymnasts travelled to Cardiff to represent Scotland in the Artistic Celtic Cup. This is a great pathway competition which provides our minor and junior age gymnasts with their first representative opportunity for Scotland. Again, Scottish gymnasts performed well against strong competition from the other Celtic Nations. The minor boys team brought the gold team medal home, with the junior boys, minor girls and junior girls teams all came home with team silver. Kelvin Cham, in his last Celtic Cup competition, performed brilliantly producing a performance worthy of the silver in the allaround competition. Louise McColgan remained part of the GBR Junior European Squad throughout 2015-16 and, due to her strong British performance the month before, was selected to represent GB in a 4-International on the 25th April in France. Scotland’s success on the World stage continued with trampolinist Pamela Clark having another successful year as a senior. Pamela continues her road to Rio journey after producing a sound performance at the World Cup in Russia in June. She performed strongly and came 4th, only 0.173 behind the Chinese and Russian gymnasts. The Sainsbury’s UK School Games remains an important performance development event in our representative calendar, providing gymnasts an excellent opportunity to compete against some of the UK’s best young and emerging talent. The team travelled to Bolton in September, and on the first day of competition, Scotland’s Women’s team of Laura-Jane Core, Anna Gibson, Louise McColgan, Sofia Ramzan and Isla Warr won team bronze, whilst the Men’s team of Kelvin Cham, Pavel Karnejenko, Joshua Lincoln, Rory Smith, Stephen Tonge and David Weir claimed team silver behind England. The second day of competition saw Pavel Karnejenko (City of Glasgow) make his way into four apparatus finals and he went on to secure a podium finish in two (PB & Rings), his stand out performance coming on parallel bars. A total of three bronze medals were won by

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8 PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS SCOTTISH GYMNASTICS ANNUAL REPORT 2015/16 Scottish gymnasts. In the Women’s event, Anna Gibson maintained her form on beam, and club teammate Stephen Tonge took the joint bronze on pommel horse. Louise McColgan’s second GBR cap came in October 2015 in the Rushmoor Rosebowl. After an exciting year for Louise, she performed strongly in the AA, scoring 51.650, progressing to apparatus finals for beam and floor and placing 3rd in the AA competition. After a break in attendance in 2014 for the Women, a delegation of 5 Scottish gymnasts travelled to Limerick to participate in the 2015 Northern European Championships. Being used as a selection event by many countries for the Worlds Gymnastics Championships 5 weeks later, it was a fantastic benchmark event for a number of our gymnasts. The gymnasts a demonstrated strong team spirit and performance behaviours that will support them on their continued journeys. Shannon Archer produced superb vaults on day 1 of competition moving into the apparatus final, whilst Louise McColgan made two finals and as a junior came 2nd in the senior competition. Glasgow took centre stage again in October and November, this time hosting the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena. Following a historic and spectacular show for GB gymnasts in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Daniel Purvis was part of Team GB and played a significant part in GBR’s historic team silver. Daniel looked confident, calm and cool throughout the days of qualifications and team events, and made floor and the AA final. November brought further International representation for Trampolining at the World Championships in Denmark. As part of the GBR delegation, Pamela Clark was again selected for the senior women’s section in Trampolining. Remaining cool under pressure, the City of Liverpool trampolinist qualified for the semifinal in 6th out of 79 competitors, performing her voluntary routine with the highest difficulty tariff of the entire field. Although the final was disappointing for Pamela; Team GBR finished in 5th position. Hot on the heels of the senior championships were the World Age Group Championships commencing on the 3rd December. Scottish representation came with Ciara Donlevy and Caitlin O’Brien (City of Edinburgh TC) being selected to represent GBR in the 17-18yrs DMT event, supported by their coach Lauren Jeffrey with Bruce Craig selected as Judge. In Caitlin’s second WAGC she placed 9th, with Ciara’s debut finishing in 13th. Our final representative event for 15/16 was Cups de Arques in France. A small delegation travelled to the French countryside producing some fantastic results and providing Scotland debuts for two of the gymnasts. In the Women’s category the two Largs gymnasts, Louise McColgan and Kacey Morrison secured silver medals in the all-around competition in the Junior and Minor age group competitions respectively. In day two of competition, Kacey Morrison and Anna Hollins produced solid performances in the Youth Vault final finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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WWW.SCOTTISHGYMNASTICS.ORG PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS 9 Performance Programmes In 2015, Scottish Gymnastics launched our new approach to performance across all gymnastics disciplines. The National Performance Programme and Performance Pathway Programme have been designed with an emphasis on better aligning Scottish and British Programmes, developing a culture of hard work, continuous improvement and a focus of coach development, by ensuring we have World Class technical leadership for each of our programmes across each discipline. Performance Pathway Programme (PPP) The PPP has been shaped to strengthen the performance development of our coaches and gymnasts on the competition pathway and in their training group with an aim to better support coaches and their gymnasts’ progress within the elite pathway for their discipline. The SG performance team is working hard with the Technical Panels to design and implement this programme, which has a clear focus on increasing the number of gymnasts with the potential to enter the British system through age group squads and representative programmes. Men’s Artistic The programme launched in July 2015, delivering a series of training camps led by Scott Hann and his team of experts at South Essex Gymnastics Club; home of Olympian and World Gold medallist, Max Whitlock. A selected group of gymnasts and coaches, identified through the Grades competition system, attended the camps where the ethos of hard work and ongoing improvement was required. 18 gymnasts and 9 coaches have been involved in the programme so far and there have been demonstrable improvements seen in gymnasts since the programme started. One of the coaches who attended the programme said: “The camps have helped me reflect on my coaching and how I prepare and plan for my gymnasts. The things I have learned I can pass on to coaches and gymnasts so Scotland can ”continue to move forward. Barry Collie, BG National Coach, also delivered two coaching clinics in the Spring and Autumn of 2015 focussing on the development of young gymnasts and his experience of maximising the performance of athletes. His presentations were thought provoking and engaging for our coaches who attended, and included practical gym delivery to share technical and nontechnical coaching points.

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10 PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS SCOTTISH GYMNASTICS ANNUAL REPORT 2015/16 Women’s Artistic In partnership with the WAG Technical Panel, a high-quality programme led by experts including Rochelle Douglas, David-Roy Wood and Adam Folwell was launched for our women’s pathway. The inclusion of Adam is an example of the support British Gymnastics have given to help establish Scotland’s pathway programme. Over the year there were 100 coach attendances and 89 gymnast attendances to the camps and clinics, with many of the above being recurring visitors. There has been high praise for the content and learning environment created for these camps and clinics. Following the final coach clinic of the 2015-16 year one coach said: “Going through the deductions and the best way to use the bonuses and deductions in your favour was good. Rochelle explained how to construct routines / performance skills that will help gymnasts with problem areas to still be successful when performing ”their routine. Trampolining The PPP for Trampolining has been shaping up over the last couple of months with a launch date for the 16-17 year. Scottish Gymnastics is excited to have Paul Greaves as our Technical lead for the programme. The programme targets NDP Levels 6, 7 & 8 plus FIG U14’s. Acrobatics In partnership with the Technical Panel, the Acrobatic PPP will launch in June 2016 with Technical expert Ian Said driving the programme. This programme will target partnerships in NPD Grades 3 – 6.

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WWW.SCOTTISHGYMNASTICS.ORG PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS 11 National Pathway Programme (NPP) Acrobatics With the input of BG National Coach, Toshko Pavlov, a new National Performance Programme was introduced with the aim of providing targeted Long Term Athlete Development. This programme supports FIG partnerships who are competing at British Gymnastics (BG) events, and working towards BG selection events. The NPP included support for the coaches of the identified partnerships as well as training camps aimed at development of the partnership. A cohort of 14 gymnasts and 12 coaches took part in the first NPP camp and clinic in November 2015. Men’s Artistic Following a review of the Men’s Artistic National Squad, which led into the Commonwealth Games 2014, Scottish Gymnastics appointed Paul Hall MBE to lead our NPP. The programme launched in August 2015 in Huntingdon, supported 6 selected gymnasts and personal coaches. Over the first 8 months of the programme Paul, in partnership with attending personal coaches agreed targets for the boys to progress within their own home training environments. Paul’s expertise and technical knowledge is World Class and Scottish Gymnastics is excited to have him as part of our programme supporting Junior and Senior gymnasts in the current cycle leading up towards the Gold Coast in 2018. Women’s Artistic Under Claire Starkey’s expert leadership, the Women’s NPP has been running since January 2015. With the support of choreographer Daniela Nanova, gymnasts and their personal coaches have enhanced their technical development and performance preparation. Similar to the Men’s programme the gymnasts are set personal targets which are to be worked on within their own club training environment and must demonstrate ongoing progression of their physical preparation and compulsory requirements (CR’s). As part of the 2015/16 programme selected gymnasts from the NPP attended a training camp and representative event in Nottingham in November competing against England and France in the Sandra Clark Cup International. Team Scotland’s gymnasts produced some outstanding performances, winning the Team event, with Louise McColgan placing 1st in the Senior all-around competition, Shannon Archer 3rd all-around in the senior category, Kacey Morrison and Anna Hollins 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Junior all-around competition. Programme selections for 2016 took place in January, with 16 gymnasts identified as part of the 2016 programme. As in the previous year, gymnasts need to demonstrate positive performance behaviours and ongoing improvements. The 2016 programme also operates a reward system for camps. British Gymnastics Squads Congratulations to the following gymnasts (and their personal coaches) for their successful selection in the British Gymnastics National Squad system: Men’s Artistic: Matthew McGill (Largs GC), Rory Hall & Aidan Jordaan (both West Lothian AGC) selected to attend the National Club Reward Camp in December 2015 Women’s Artistic: Anna Hollins (Largs GC) selected to Home Nations Development Squad; Louise McColgan (Largs GC) selected to the Junior European Squad and Millie McConville (Dynamic GC) selected to the Performance Pathway Development Squad. Teamgym: Kendal Smith, Lara Craig, Katie Vince, Adam Soutar, Fraser McLeod, Sandy Wallace and Dylan Campbell (all Saltire Team Gymnastics),Ross Donaldson (Forth Valley GC) and Shaun Rennie (Spartans) for being selected into the GB Teamgym Squad preparing for European Championships in October 2016.

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12 PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS SCOTTISH GYMNASTICS ANNUAL REPORT 2015/16 Performance Support Programmes Coaching Futures In Autumn 2015 Scottish Gymnastics secured investment to employ a coaching position as part of the Coaching Futures initiative. Coaching Futures is sportscotland’s performance athlete to coach apprenticeship programme that involves former athletes taking on a three year funded coaching role within their Scottish Governing Body, whilst being supported by individual and group professional development opportunities, a mentor and peer apprentice coaches. The programme targets recently retired performance athletes with aspirations to develop a career in coaching and invests in Scottish Governing Bodies (SGBs) which can provide a suitable environment for the coach to learn and develop their skills. Andrew Mackie was successfully recruited in October 2015 and deployed within West Lothian AGC to work under Regional Performance Coach John Campbell. Andrew is working with West Lothian as part of their coaching team supporting boys from 6yrs+ to develop through the British Grades system. Sports Coach UK Aspire Programme The sports coach UK Aspire Talent Coach Development Programme is funded by UK Sport and supported by sportscotland. The 15/16 year saw two gymnastics coaches nominated by Scottish Gymnastics following notes of interest and successfully selected as part of the programme; Sandra Stevenson (City of Glasgow GC) and John Campbell (West Lothian AGC). The programme is for selected coaches from across all four home countries who are either working with talented age group/development athletes and/or talent pathways or have the potential to progress onto world class programmes. The aim of the programme is to accelerate the development of coaching expertise and enhance critical knowledge, skills and behaviours in a supportive yet challenging environment. The programme runs over a 20-month period and coaches benefit from a blend of learning opportunities. Sandra who was part of the 15/16 intake was in her final year of the programme, with John being selected as part of the 16/17 group commencing the programme. Both are thoroughly enjoying the challenge, networking with other coaches from other sports and being supported by superb experts from a variety of fields such as leadership and sports science.

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WWW.SCOTTISHGYMNASTICS.ORG PERFORMANCE GYMNASTICS 13 Competition Participation WAG 11 COMPETITIONS 2437 GYMNASTS ENTERED TRA and DMT 10 COMPETITIONS 1843 GYMNASTS ENTERED TUM 4 COMPETITIONS 695 GYMNASTS ENTERED MAG 9 COMPETITIONS 549 GYMNASTS ENTERED RHY 3 COMPETITIONS 338 GYMNASTS ENTERED ACRO 5 COMPETITIONS 1514 GYMNASTS ENTERED TeamGym 1 COMPETITIONS 164 GYMNASTS ENTERED 43 7540 competitions gymnasts entered For the 2015 competition year, the above table highlights participation numbers per discipline which covers entry level competition through to elite pathway and senior competition participation. A strong partnership between Scottish Gymnastics administration and each discipline Technical Panel has ensured that a successful competition programme was delivered in 2015 and developments are planned for the 2016 programme to continue to improve both gymnast and spectator experience.

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