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Special Needs

As a club, South Durham Gymnastics welcomes enquiries from those who can find accessing classes difficult at times.  We have a number of different dedicated sessions available within our programme for those with additional needs and also seek to be inclusive within our gymnastics and trampoline sessions to accommodate any additional needs the participant may have. 

Adult Disability Sessions

Following COVID-19, our Adult Disability Gymnastics sessions (for adults with special needs) have yet to resume.

If you, or someone you know is interested in joining these sessions (Monday, 12.00 - 1.00pm) please contact the Office so we can take your details, and get back in touch with you once sessions resume:

In the past, coaches and participants have accomplished what was thought to be impossible - a testament to what truly dedicated and inspirational people can achieve working together!

Sportsability Sessions

These popular sessions are usually available during school holiday times.  They are designed for those up to 18 years old with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to be able to explore the gym in a safe and fun way with their parents and siblings. 

You can drop into the session on the day (£6 per person) or book online in advance via our Sportsability page. 

Down's Syndrome

For those with Down's Syndrome that wish to participate in gymnastics or trampolining, we will do our very best to accommodate them within our classes / sessions.  Please make us aware when signing your child / participant up to waiting lists that they have Down's Syndrome so our office staff can advise you appropriately. (Contact us on 01388 811877 or gym@southdurhamgym.co.uk.)

British Gymnastics have a set of guidelines that we, as a Club, must adhere to regarding participation in gymnastics and trampolining for those with Down's Syndrome to ensure their safety in the gym. 

All participants with Down's Syndrome are required by British Gymnastics to ask a medical practitioner (General Practitioners; Orthopaedic or Paediatric Consultants; School Medical Officers/Doctors; Chartered Physiotherapists) to fill out a form regarding Atlanto-Axial Instability (AAI) before they are able to access the gym for gymnastics or trampolining.  

Please download the Atlanto-Axial Instability form required by British Gymnastics.  This needs to be competed by a medical practitioner and then returned to us here at South Durham Gymnastics.  We will send the completed form to British Gymnastics where they will process it within 30 days of receiving it.  

Once British Gymnastics has approved the Atlanto-Axial Instability form, BG also require participants with Down Syndrome to take out basic gymnast insurance with them. For more information on British Gymnastics Memberships, please click here

Please be aware that this process does take a little time, so we will get participants in the gym as soon as we are able.  


The Dwarf Sports Association advises that people with Achondroplasia or another genetic skeletal dysplasia (forms of dwarfism), should not participate in trampolining. It is also advised that they should not perform gymnastics skills which involve repeated jumping or rebounding.  For further information please see the British Gymnastics guidance.

If you would like to register a potential participant for gymnastics - please contact the office on 01388 811877 or gym@southdurhamgym.co.uk and we can liaise with you regarding the best pathway and programme.