Qatar hosts the fifth FIG Age Group Programme Development Camp
The last of the four planned events to introduce the FIG Age Group Project to developing gymnastics countries was hosted on April 17-19, 2012, at the magnificent facilities of the Academy for Sports Excellence (ASPIRE) in Doha, Qatar.
These four were held with the funding support of the IOC so that each invited federation could send one Men's and one women's artistic gymnastics coach.
An additional such camp was held in January in South Africa and was funded by the FIG with its Development Fund for Continental Unions. This time, in Qatar, a total of 21 coaches from 10 FIG member federations attended. The participating countries were Bangladesh, Iraq, Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar and Yemen.
As reported in the past, the Age Group programme includes a testing and monitoring programme for MAG and WAG physical abilities and technical skills as well as a complete multi-level competition programme with modified rules for age-group gymnasts and compulsory exercises for all ages.
It also includes a variety of additional information related to developing a systematic gymnastics programme that can lead to high performance. << The testing programme was developed by well-known coach and clinician Dieter Hofmann (GER)
...and the competition programme by Hardy Fink, the Director of Education and Academy Programmes and, for the choreographic and artistic elements,by many time World and Olympic-coach and consultant to the British Team, Carol Angela Orchard. *source: fig / Qatar Gymn. Fed.