This year, The British Gymnastics Foundation is celebrating 10 years of transforming lives through the power of gymnastics and is calling out for 10,000 members of the gymnastics community to come together to celebrate. 

Founded 10 years ago, The British Gymnastics Foundation was created to increase opportunities through gymnastics and to bring real improvements to the lives of people and communities most in need. 

Since launching, The British Gymnastics Foundation has awarded £395,725 in funds across their Hardship Grant Programme, benefitting 1,182 British Gymnastics members who are experiencing exceptionally difficult times, allowing them to stay in the sport. 

The foundation has also been able to facilitate over 200 inspirational experiences including, sending families to the British Gymnastics British Championships in Liverpool, and hosting meet and greets with Olympic Champions such as Max Whitlock OBE and Claudia Fragapane. 

In honour of 10 years, this March the foundation wants to see 10,000 members of the gymnastics community taking part in Love to Move across ONE week. Love to Move is an age and dementia-friendly seated gymnastics programme created by The British Gymnastics Foundation which is transforming the lives of people living with dementia. 

There are currently 900,000 people in the UK with Dementia, with this set to exceed 1 million by 2025. Love to Move was developed to benefit older people and those with dementia and mild cognitive impairment, by enabling the left side and right side of the brain to process information independently; thus, improving cognitive function, coordination, and the ability to carry out activities of daily living more independently.

The programme currently has an estimated 5,000 face-to-face participants, 3,500 virtual participants and 850 delivers across the UK, helping to run the sessions. 

How can you get involved? 

From 15th-22nd March, The British Gymnastics Foundation want to see clubs, community centres, care homes, schools and you at home following along with a simple Love to Move exercise. You can find a short clip here with British Gymnastics Foundation Ambassador and Olympian, Kristian Thomas showing you what to do. 

Simply follow along, snap a picture, or record a video and tag @british_gymnastics_foundation on Instagram with #LoveToMove or send them a message to theteam@britishgymnasticsfoundation.org. 

Find out more about The British Gymnastics Foundation here.