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Old 27.06.2013, 16:31
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anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

Hey all. I have two young kids who i think i would like to enroll in gymnastics for the coming school year. I've been wading through websites and posts in this forum and still haven't been able to make heads or tails of any of the information. I would like something anywhere between 1-4 hours a week and where they can have a good time but also provide them with the option on doing it more seriously if they take an interest.I have seen the links, but at this point I am more interested in personal recommendations from other parents. Is this a recommended extra curricular activity? Did your child enjoy? and where did you send them?
I live in Zurich btw.
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

Mine go to the opfikon school every saturday morning for a 2 hour session.
They really enjoy it. They take children from 4 and have gymnastics then for the more competive (if you want to ramp upto competions etc.).
It runs on the school term and for the saturday mornings I pay about 60sfr a term. I heard about it from another mum - Ill try and find the link and send it to you.
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Old 27.06.2013, 17:04
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

that sounds great but unfortunately would be too far for me. i still appreciate your help, and its good to hear that your kids enjoy. 60 sfr per term sounds very reasonable.
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Old 27.06.2013, 17:10
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

btw im also open to other suggestions. if you have a 4-6 year old kid in dance classes, aerobics, martial arts etc or anything good for developing flexibility and mobility that you would like to recommend then id be happy to hear more about it.

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btw im also open to other suggestions. if you have a 4-6 year old kid in dance classes, aerobics, martial arts etc that you would like to recommend then id be happy to hear more.
That's not the same as gymnastics though.

In gymnastics classes, the instructor generally chooses your child rather than the other way around.

If he or she is a little rotund or has a lack of coordination then they're not going to make the classes.

That's what it's like in our Gemeinde, anyway.
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That's not the same as gymnastics though.

In gymnastics classes, the instructor generally chooses your child rather than the other way around.

If he or she is a little rotund or has a lack of coordination then they're not going to make the classes.

That's what it's like in our Gemeinde, anyway.
Right, so ive gathered.... i basically want them to learn and develop coordination. all of the above options meet my criteria for that, while gymnastics simply appeals to me the most. I am curious about the admission process. HOW coordinated is a four year old expected to be to be accepted into such a program? How much dedication does enrolment require?
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Right, so ive gathered.... i basically want them to learn and develop coordination. all of the above options meet my criteria for that, while gymnastics simply appeals to me the most. I am curious about the admission process. HOW coordinated is a four year old expected to be to be accepted into such a program? How much dedication does enrolment require?
In our gemeinde,the selection was made when they were about six years old.

Quite a few hours per week of commitment. There were other more general sports classes where no ability was required.
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

Our daughter accompanied a friend to the local village gymnastics club when she was in the 1st grade. We thought it would be a good "optional" exercise for her, she could show up for practices when she had time. Boy, were we wrong. This was a serious club, with serious trainers, and not showing up was a no-no. She ended up putting in about 6 to 9 hours of training a week, and there was a steady stream of competitions with official "entrance" ceremony, events scored by judges, and an awards ceremony after each meet. Lots of local sponsors, tons of money spent on equipment, setup, food, decorations and colorful leotards. I ended up being sucked into being the team photographer and webmaster. My wife became one of the "Gymnastics moms"...shuttling the girls back and forth between practice and competitions. It was like a vortex that sucked us in. It went on for 5 years. in the end, it was the main reason we ended up getting to know some of the local Swiss families. It helped immensely when we went to the Gemeinde for our Swiss citizenship interview. And our daughter learned the discipline of regular training, how to perform under pressure in front of hundreds of people, experienced the satisfaction of winning medals and standing on the podium....disappointment of blowing a competition, camaraderie with her teammates (most meets were team competitions), as well as becoming extremely fit. And we have lots and lots of photos and videos. So, I think in the end it was a very positive experience.

We ended up moving to another village, but to this day, although her studies take first priority, she is still in a "gymnastics light" club (Geraeteturnen) which takes less time, but still gives her the sense of belonging to a team and competing, something she now assumes is part of normal life.
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

Do you have a local Turnverein? I would contact them to see whay they offer.
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

Okay so it looks like the swiss version of gymnastics is not what i had in mind. im looking forsomething recreational to help my kids relax, and not to put them under additional pressure.

I found capoiera recommended and then while watching a YouTube program about one of the classes here, my kids pediatrician suddenly appeared supporting how healthy it is.
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

I see I am a few years late to the conversation, but I am in the same situation. I have a daughter who loves gymnastics. She used to train every week for 2 hours in Ireland. We had a fantastic Sports Hall with great equipment, and brilliant teachers, and new members were always welcome, regardless of ability. They were just put into the apporpriate group based on their level. She participated for recreation, and sometimed she took part in small competitions within the club. It was all in good sport. I am struggling to find anything like this in Zurich, even Switzerland! All attempts I have made to reach out to Gymanstics clubs, want to test her first (Schnuppertraining), and some have told me she is too old to 'start' at 10 also! There must be some groups who offer this as fun weekly activity for kids. I think it is a great excercise for kids and should be encouraged, but I can't understand why I cannot find a suitable club, they were everywhere in Ireland-I must be missing something! Does anyone know of any club that will take in children to train them at gymnastics, no matter what their current level is? The weekly commitment isn't a problem for me-finding a club that is willing to train her is a huge problem, because she has only doen it for about a year previously and is still essentially a beginner.
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Re: anyone send their kids to gymnastics classes?

Check this link for some further Information about the difference in Switzerland between Kunstturnen and Geräteturnen http://www.ztv.ch/site/index.php/spo.../geraeteturnen


The classes for Geräteturnen are usually run by the local "Turnverein". There is several ones in Zurich and usually one in all the bigger Gemeinde and also Dörfer. You can find some Clubs http://www.ztv.ch/site/index.php/spo...ressen-vereine


Another option would be Mädchenriege. They are also run by the Turnverein but do different Sport and also play different games. See for example Turnverein Zurich Affoltern http://www.maedchenriege-zhaffoltern...d-spiel-spass/ and http://www.tvaltstetten.ch/index.php...site&cat=maeri for Zurich Altstetten


Hope you will find something suitable for your daughter!



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