The Programme consists of different schemes – Early Years (Little Gem and Junior Gem), Standard (Girls and Boys), Advanced, Centre Scheme and Club Scheme
Each scheme has its own corresponding training book that each gymnast owns. It lists all the skills required for each piece of apparatus at each of the progressive levels. These skills are ticked off by the coach in their books as they achieve them, creating a complete training record of achievement. At a glance gymnasts, coaches and parents can track the training and skills learned. This can also be achieved through the NatGAP App (iPhone/iPad only currently).
Apparatus Specific Standard, Advanced and Centre Schemes
Because each level shares the same eight apparatus sections, gymnasts can work on elements in sections of the next levels up before completing every section in a level. In this way gymnasts are not held back on any one area if they need further time to progress on some apparatus and are encouraged to keep progressing towards their next award on others.
Each section has corresponding medals to collect. Every medal is different and comes in the colour to reflect the level and section.
To accompany the training books are the coaching guides and posters which have diagrams to show all the skills contained in the books. There are also Coaching Logs so you can keep a record of the skills for 12 children at a time on a sheet which corresponds with the gymnast’s own training books. Should a child lose a book you can then mark a new book with the skills already achieved.