Class Info

For the safety and enjoyment of all our participants, these class procedures should be followed.

  • Please ensure your child has used the bathroom before their class starts. Coaches frequently taking children to the bathroom, interrupts training and we would prefer to keep this at a minimum
  • Gymnasts should wear leotard or tracksuit, leggings, shorts, tucked-in t-shirt and bare feet or gymnastics shoes (strongly recommended) only.  Swim socks, socks with grips, crop tops and bare midriffs are not appropriate. If your child has a verruca, this must be covered with athletic tape (available in Boots) or gymnastics shoes, plasters will fall off.  Long hair should be tied up & no jewellery, watches or items in their pockets. Children arriving to class in denims, dresses, costumes, ballet pumps or face paints may not be allowed to participate.
  • Bring a drink to every class and no food (except camps)
  • Our classes for young children are a lot of fun and we want to ensure that all our participants are safe and ready to learn the wonderful sport of gymnastics – Before signing up for classes, children must be toilet trained, able to stay with their coach and follow directions. Although it’s natural to be a little shy starting off,  kids must be happy to participate without parents. All classes/all age groups are drop-in classes. Parents may not stay in the hall/gym area during training session, unless invited to do so, by coach.  Where available, parents can watch the fun from viewing area
  • Term fees must be paid online, before term begins. Places not taken/paid for by priority registration day  are offered to children on the waitlist. We do not offer refunds for missed classes
  • Gymnasts should be no more than 5 minutes early for class and should be collected on time.
  • Gymnasts may not use apparatus once their class is over.  Our coaches use this time to reconfigure equipment and adjust apparatus for the next session; it may not be safe. Children arriving for class should remain seated until their class commences.  Children not enrolled in our class, should never play on equipment. We ask for the parent’s cooperation with this.
  • For the safety and enjoyment of all our participants, any child whose behavior is consistently disrupting training, will not be permitted to continue. Very young children, who are not yet able to take direction, will be asked to take a break from classes, until they are little older.
  • Please remember to take belongings with you. We do not take responsibility for lost/stolen items.     
  • Gymstars Gymnastics will not tolerate any abuse against our staff or any behavior that negatively affects our gymnasts & staff.  We have the right to refuse service where child or parent/guardian has displayed disruptive or agressive behavior.

2019-21 Child Safeguarding Statement

Gymnastics Ireland provides sporting activities and opportunities for young people though participation in clubs, national events and our national teams. We are committed to safeguarding children in our Club under the guidance of our Safeguarding Policies. All our volunteers and staff working with our young people, throughout our Club, seek to create a safe environment for young people to participate in our activities.

Principles to safeguard children from harm

This statement recognises that in accordance with legislation and with the requirements of our Policies that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that all children have a positive, developmental and enjoyable experience of Gymnastics and when participating in our activities that they do so, as far as is practicable, in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Our Club has completed an assessment of the potential for harm to children when they are participating in and attending our activities under the following headings: Club and Coaching Practices; Complaints & Discipline; Reporting Procedures; Use of Facilities; Recruitment; Communications/Social Media and a further heading of General Risk of Harm. Below is a list of areas of risk identified and the list of procedures for managing these risks.

Risk Assessment

Risk of harm including assault, ill treatment or neglect of a child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare or sexual abuse of a child. Child Safeguarding Policy Recruitment Policy Child Safeguarding Training Policy Vetting Policy
Risk of harm of abuse when hosting an activity and or an away trip Child Safeguarding Policy – Hosting, Away Trips, Transport & Codes of Conduct
Risk of harm of online abuse through social media GI Social Media Policy
Bullying of a child Anti-Bullying Policy & Training

Our Child Safeguarding Statement has been prepared in accordance with the legislature requirements contained in the Children First Act 2015, Children’s First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017), the Children (NI) Order 1995, Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice 1995

The procedures contained in our risk assessment support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our services. We have the following procedures in place as part of our Safeguarding Code and Policies:

  • Procedure in respect to the management of allegations of abuse against any member, non-member or staff or volunteer of a child availing of our services.
  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers with regard to their suitability to work with children
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information including the identification of the occurrence of harm
  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Gymnastics Ireland, Tusla (ROI) and or Gateway Team (NI)
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person – the Club Children’s Officer shall be the relevant person, first point of contact in respect of this statement
  • Procedure in place for the appointment of Designated Liaison Person and Children’s Officer in our Club

The Gymnastics Ireland Mandated Person, who has a legal obligation to report harm of children as per Children First Act 2015 is Dermot Howlin (Policy, Welfare & Compliance Manager), email or phone 01/6251125

 We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our Club Child Safeguarding Statement has been prepared in accordance with the requirements contained in the Children First Act 2015. Our Club is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed within 24 months of the date below.   

Our children’s officer is Grainne O’Dwyer 0866820647