Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active


Primary Schools

**Registration for these programmes are currently closed**

Cork Sports Partnership and Gymnastics Ireland have teamed up to coordinate a number of exciting school Gymnastics participation programmes for Cork schools.

School Gymnastics Programmes currently available through Cork Sports Partnership include:

  • Primary – 4 Week Schools Gymnastics Programme
  • Primary – GymSTART Teacher Training

Gymnastics 4 Week Programme

Primary Schools

Cork Sports Partnership and Gymnastics Ireland have teamed up to roll out the GymSTART Primary School Gymnastics Programme in Cork.

The aim of the programme is to provide 1st, 2nd & 3rd class primary school children with a taste of gymnastics, in a supportive and safe environment, with qualified Gymnastics Ireland coaches. In return for full commitment to the programme, each school will receive a 4-week programme of gymnastics sessions (60-minute per class).

The package also includes a teacher-shadowing process whereby the teachers learn & improve confidence to further develop their own class gymnastics teaching skills & lesson plans, ensuring sustainability of a gymnastics programme within the school *Teachers must participate in each class.

The programme will cost each school €10 per pupil (€2.50 per pupil per session) for the initial pilot, which will be payable upon acceptance to the programme.  This programme is heavily subsidised by Cork Sports Partnership & Gymnastics Ireland.

How to register

Schools are invited to register their interest for the programme throughout the school year. However, places for the pilot programme are limited. Schools will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Fill out the registration form below to register your school.

Contact Details

Email: James Kirby –
Phone: 021-4347096

Steps involved in the Application Process

Step 1: School registers 1st , 2nd or 3rd classes to participate in the Primary Schools Gymnastics Programme by completing the programme registration form & retuning it to Cork Sports Partnership. (Online form or download available below).

Step 2: Registration will be acknowledged by Cork Sports Partnership as soon as possible.

Step 3: Successful schools will be contacted by Cork Sports Partnership to confirm acceptance on to the programme and invoiced €10 per pupil to take part. Unsuccessful schools will be placed on a waiting list for future phases of the programme.

Step 4: Following receipt of payment, the Gymnastics Ireland club will contact the successful schools to arrange suitable training days either in the school and/or the Gymnastics Club Hub (full time gymnastics facility)

Step 5: A Gymnastics Ireland Coach will deliver the 4 training sessions (60 mins each) as agreed in advance with school. 

Gymnastics Teacher Training


Gymnastics Ireland and Cork Sports Partnership are delighted to announce a date for the Cork GymSTART Primary Schools Teachers Workshop 2020. This teacher workshop is an introduction to teaching basic gymnastics skills in a school setting. The skills are applicable to all ages and ability. The workshop will cover technical progressions and development for the key curriculum-based skills and offer FUNdamental ideas for teacher to use. It is practical based, and the core objective is to improve candidate’s knowledge and confidence in teaching gymnastics within a school setting.

Who is it for?

The module is aimed at any Primary teachers who are interested in gymnastics and who wish to extend or refresh their knowledge of building up and progressing the basic skills and activities. This module is also designed as a stepping stone towards the other modules and coaching courses. No experience required. Experienced primary teachers may be interested in attending one of the other modules in this programme, such as Floor and Vault, Acrobatics, Trampolining or Rhythmic.

For more information

Email: James Kirby:
Call: 021-4347096

Module Duration & Content:

4 hours – The module is practical based therefore please bring appropriate attire for indoor use to allow you to participate in Gymnastics-Related Activities. Teachers will get full opportunity to jump, rock and roll! Runners and comfortable clothing advisable. No formal assessment. Full attendance is compulsory for certification

The module will introduce some key aspects in the following areas: 

  • Warm-ups
  • Key Fundamental curriculum-based skills; rolling, jumping & landing, balancing, movement and sequencing
  • Additional activities such as acrobatic group balancing and rhythmic gymnastics (hoop/ ribbon)
  • Practical activities and games
  • Class planning
  • Basic safety and equipment setup
How to register

Express your interest using the online form below.

Schools Gymnastics Programme

Registration Form for Primary Schools

GymSTART Teacher Training Course
Registration Form

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