Federation Friday: Great Britain

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Federation Friday: Great Britain

October 14, 2016

This week British Gymnastics tells us about two new initiatives: Take the Jump for Pudsey Challenge and the hosting of the 2017 World Cup in London’s massive O2 arena

Take the Jump for Pudsey Challenge

We’re excited to announce a new opportunity for our registered clubs and leisure centres. We’ve teamed up with Boots UK to launch a brand new campaign that is encouraging the nation to get active and raise money for BBC Children in Need.

We’ve created a unique ‘Jump for Pudsey Challenge’ which will see gymnasts leaping, hopping, jumping and bouncing their way to draw attention to this great charity and help raise money to fund projects for disadvantaged children and young people right across the UK.

Get involved!

Have fun at your club by staging a Jump for Pudsey Challenge. We’ll provide everything you need to get started - it couldn’t be easier to get involved.

Wednesday 26th October 2016 is the official Jump for Pudsey day.  You can join in and celebrate Jump for Pudsey day or run your challenge on any day between October - December, and as many times as you like!

Get started

Download your Jump for Pudsey Challenge Delivery Pack from the GymNET Resource Centre. This will provide you with everything you need to know to run a Jump for Pudsey Challenge including the Challenge cards, posters to advertise your event, templates and top tips.

By taking part you’ll be helping disadvantaged children and young people in the UK through raising vital funds. The more gymnasts we can get jumping the better!


World Cup of Gymnastics heading to the O2

We are delighted to announce the World Cup of Gymnastics will come to The O2, London on Saturday, April 8, 2017, live on Sky Sports, in an exciting new partnership with Matchroom Sport.

Set to feature Team GB stars such as Olympic Gold medallist Max Whitlock, the World Cup of Gymnastics sees the world’s best gymnasts invited to compete in the prestigious ‘all-around’ competition with the men battling it out over six testing apparatus (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the high bar) and the women competing on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.

The event will take place at The O2 on Saturday, April 8, 2017, with the women’s competition taking place in the afternoon and the men’s in the evening session and will be broadcast by Sky Sports throughout.

The World Cup will feature nine male and nine female gymnasts representing eight different countries. Nations will nominate their representatives in the spring but for now the following countries have confirmed they will be attending.

Women - USA, Russia, China, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, Great Britain (host federation)

Men - Japan, Russia, China, Great Britain, USA, Brazil, Germany, Ukraine, Great Britain (host federation)

The World Cup of Gymnastics was launched by British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen, Matchroom Sport’s Barry Hearn and Team GB Olympians Max WhitlockNile WilsonAmy Tinkler and Bryony Page at a press conference at The Shard, London. Bryony, who took trampoline silver, has been invited to perform during the World Cup of Gymnastics to showcase her incredible skills.

Jane Allen: “We’re delighted to bring this world class gymnastics event to London for the first time through the development of a new partnership with Matchroom and Sky Sports. Its testament to the huge success of our sport that we are able to stage this event and showcase gymnastics in the magnificent O2 Arena. British Gymnastics continues to go from strength to strength and our gymnast’s historic achievements during Rio 2016 mean gymnastics is in demand and more popular than ever. The World Cup of Gymnastics is a fantastic competition with some the world’s best gymnasts in action. Having been staged superbly in Glasgow for many years in front of sold-out crowds this is a chance for even more new fans to witness our sport. Our athletes are excited to now perform and compete in London, entertaining a huge crowd in a spectacular venue.”

Barry Hearn commented: “British sport is riding the crest of a wave after a quite outstanding performance at the Rio Olympics and I am thrilled to be bringing some of Team GB’s gymnastics superstars home to London for this major event. Gymnastics is something completely new for Matchroom and I cannot wait to put our unique stamp on this global event.

“The O2 is expected to sell out fast for this and I encourage all British sports fans to come and support their heroes in one of the most competitive global events on the gymnastics calendar.

“With Sky Sports adding their world-leading weight behind the event, the World Cup of Gymnastics promises to be a spectacle not to be missed.”

Max Whitlock added: “It’s amazing that gymnastics is coming back to The 02! My experiences competing there during London 2012, with the incredible home crowd support, are amongst the most memorable of my career. British Gymnastics is flying at the moment after we made history in Rio and I’m confident the British public will come out in force for this world class event.”

Tickets will go on general sale at midday on Friday, September 30. Prices start from £30 per session, with family tickets for the whole day available from £99. Platinum VIP packages are available from £200 per person per session. For more information, please visit www.worldcupofgymnastics.com.

The World Cup of Gymnastics in London forms part of the 2017 International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) individual all-around World Cup Series that begins in America, then travels to Stuttgart and finishes in London. Medals are handed out at each competition with gymnasts also picking up ranking points across the three events to crown the eventual World Cup series champion.

Text and photos: British Gymnastics