Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. Those who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them - and their benefits - forward for the rest of their lives - and this is important to us at VGA. For youngsters, there are many benefits to be gained - including the role of physical activity in helping children to be ’school ready.'
Our fully qualified, enthusiastic and specially qualified team of coaches provide a range of fun-filled classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers of all ages and provide an excellent introduction to physical activity! Our classes are highly recommended: “I've been taking my granddaughter for two years. To say she loves going to both the structured and drop in toddler sessions is an understatement. I would recommend this to all parents and grandparents of toddlers- keep up the great work VGA!”
Music and movement (Wednesdays 1.30pm at VGA Crumlin and Mondays 1.30pm at Skills4Life Abertillery) is a perfect for babies from 3 months upwards, as well as toddlers who enjoy singing, dancing, climbing and exploring. A review from one of our recent members is extremely positive: “I took my 5 month old along to the music and movement session for the first time today. She absolutely loved it, especially the instructor, Luke, he is so animated, she was mesmerised!” These classes provide a perfect introduction for little ones. There is no need to book for these classes, you are welcome to pop along. Please note that these classes do not run in school holidays.
Our pre-school drop-in sessions are suitable for those from walking age to 4 years and give little ones the chance to explore all of our large and small equipment, trampolines and foam pits alongside their carers. Our coaches are on hand to encourage and offer advice. Through these play sessions, pre-schoolers will develop their confidence, coordination, balance and movement skills – and also burn off some of their excess energy. These classes run Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (10.30) from VGA Crumlin . We also run a range of sessions from our Skills4Life venue in Abertillery Leisure Centre and from Merthyr Leisure Centre (10.00 Friday mornings) - so please take a look at our Facebook page for more information.
These sessions are extremely popular and are a great introduction to gymnastics – as well as a fantastic way to engage in active play with your little one and to socialise with other parents / carers. There is no need to book any of these classes but please note that there are usually changes to the schedule in the school holidays so again, please check out @ValleysGymnasticsAcademyn Facebook page for up-to-date information on sessions running.
structured pre-school classes
Once children are confident in the gym we encourage you to try our structured pre-school classes which will really start to develop your little one’s gymnastics skills and school-readiness skills! These classes are fully structured and lead by one of our fully qualified and experienced pre-school coaches. The classes are typically suitable for age 2-4 and will develop your child’s cooperation and listening skills – as well as their fundamental movement skills.
Classes run various days and times across 4 of our delivery venues. Please contact us for more information on class availability or sign up via the link at the top of the home page.
Sessions run from the following venues:
VGA Crumlin (weekday mornings and afternoons and Saturday mornings)
Abertillery Skills4Life (weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings)
Merthyr Leisure Centre (Friday daytime)
Go Gym Cwmbran Stadium (Monday teatime and Friday afternoons)
'Rising 3s' Independent Pre-school Classes
From the age of 3 we encourage children to progress to our independent Rising 3's classes. These sessions are fully structured and lead by one of our fully qualified and experienced pre-school coaches - with several helpers / young leaders on hand to provide additional support. These sessions are designed to further develop independence, cooperation and listening skills alongside gymnastics skills as little ones begin nursery or school.
These classes are a great next-step following on from our parent / carer and child classes and are available at three venues:
VGA Crumlin (Monday and Wednesday teatime and Saturday mornings)
Abertillery Skills4Life (Thursday teatime)
Merthyr Leisure Centre (Tuesday and Thursday teatime)
Please contact us for more information on class availability or sign up via the link at the top of the home page.