Come together.

The World Gymnaestrada is a world-wide, non-competitive FIG Gymnastics for All event held every 4 years, attracting the largest number of active participants of any FIG event. Participation is for everybody, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, culture, ability or social standing. The event is organised by a FIG Member Federation, in collaboration with a city and awarded by the FIG Council as stated in the Statutes. The FIG Member Federation awarded by the FIG Council, acts as the organising body, establishing their own organising structure, including a Local Organising Committee (LOC). This part of the Gymnastics for All Manual contains the World Gymnaestrada Regulations and, together with the formal agreement signed by the selected hosting FIG Member Federation, outlines the organisation for this event.
These regulations are written for both participating and organising FIG Member Federations. The regulations can also be used for national and/or continental Gymnaestrada.

What is Gymnastics for All = GfA

Gymnastics for All offers a variety of activities suitable for all genders, age groups, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Gymnastics for All activities contribute to personal health, fitness and well being – physical, social, intellectual and psychological.

The focus of Gymnastics for All activities is Fun, Fitness, Fundamentals, and Friendship and can involve:
–Gymnastics with or without apparatus
–Gymnastics and Dance

Gymnastics for All can be showcased through either demonstration, performance (e.g. “World Gymnaestrada”) or competitive team events (e.g. “World Gym for Life Challenge”).
Gymnastics for All offers aesthetic experiences in movement for participants and spectators while providing the opportunity to focus on items that are of particular interest in a national and cultural context.

celebrating diversity, cooperation and community

» The World Gymnaestrada plays an important role in promoting a world view in society where the focus is less on being better than somebody else, but about celebrating diversity, cooperation and community both on a social (age, gender, nationality) and physical (skills, forms) level. «

Source: Prof. Dr. Angela Wichmann
Lecturer at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Munich. As a gymnast had often taken part in the World Gymnaestrada and has studied the effects of belonging to a group in the form of a qualitative dissertation. This doctoral dissertation is published on www.wg2019.at.

World Gymnaestrada as basis and springboard

Only those who enjoy gymnastics will ever become a gymnast. This is valid and the same for general sport as well as for competitive sport. Thanks to the World Gymnaestrada, huge numbers of people have found enjoyment in a variety of gymnastics in a free and easy way. The World Gymnaestrada motivates and activates people to movement and forms a central basis for gymnastics and its further development and the World Gymnaestrada is likewise an important springboard. The international participants convey the enthusiasm for gymnastics throughout the world and communicate this with other gymnasts worldwide via social media. Behind every Gymnaestrada participant is ultimately a little lobbyist for gymnastics.