Inclusive gymnastics: Unlimited fun in Markt Schwaben
Created: 12/24/2022, 11:30 am
By: Helena Grillenberger
Sliding, rolling, jumping: together with the volunteers Alexandra (left), Lisa (next) and Babsi (right), Caro (left on the mat) and Antonia (large picture) do gymnastics on the soft floor mat slide.
TV Markt Schwaben: In inclusion gymnastics with trainer Ingrid Geigl, the imagination is given free rein.
– Josef climbs onto the bars, which are covered with a soft floor mat.
Right in front of him, one of the girls has rolled down the makeshift slide.
The boy tries to jump.
He lands on the mat, but he still has too much momentum and falls forwards to the ground: immediately everyone is on alert, his father jumps up from the bench to help him.
But the boy is already standing and laughing, happy about his jump.
Controlled chaos reigns in the gymnasium of the middle school in Markt Schwaben – and sheer joie de vivre.
Every Thursday between 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. the members of the TV Markt Schwaben inclusion gymnastics group do gymnastics for one hour.
The procedure during the gymnastics lesson is not set in stone: the participants can bring in their own ideas, and each lesson begins with a warm-up game.
Then it continues with gymnastics, various ball games or a parcours with stations, for example on the rings, on the trampoline or on the wall bars.
Above all, the participants should be taught to enjoy movement.
"This is just about having fun."
Trainer Ingrid Geigl
Inclusion gymnastics has been offered in Markt Schwaben since 2017.
On average, the group has around eight training guests.
A few more would be nice, says Ingrid Geigl, the group's trainer, because then there would be completely different opportunities for playing together.
With or without disabilities, everyone is welcome.
While the other children stay by the slide to roll, slide and roll, Josef has now found a love of jumping.
He makes his way to the trampoline.
He jumps up and down five or six times, then he climbs back down from the device without the final jump onto the soft floor mat.
"It's all about having fun here," explains Geigl (58).
You can do gymnastics here without pressure, just to do sports together and spend time together.
If you don't feel like doing gymnastics, you can do other things.
One of the participants enjoys just walking around in the large hall every week: "She just feels so good about it and laughs all over her face, it's so nice," says Geigl, moved.
And if you don't want to move at all - or just need a break - just sit on the edge and watch, that's okay too.
Only two children without disabilities are currently in the group.
Unfortunate, says Geigl.
But many are simply too afraid of contact, she explains.
"They come once and then never again." Membership costs 30 euros a year if you have a disability card.
People without disabilities pay a total of 78 euros per year.
And there is no disability that would preclude participation.
Age doesn't matter either.
At the moment the participants are between six and 35 years old, but everyone is welcome to the TVMS gymnasts.
Whether with or without a disability: everyone is welcome at the inclusion gymnastics in Markt Schwaben
The trainer is also actively looking for new members, for example she advertised her gymnastics group in Zinneberg.
"But maybe that's just too exhausting for many," she suspects.
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After an hour of extensive gymnastics at all four stations, it's time to clean up together.
Everyone as he can and everyone looks at each other.
So little Antonia pushes the big trolley with mats, keeping a close eye on Josef so as not to run over him.
Caro heaves the boxes from the trampoline back into the equipment room and then comes the final highlight: mat slides until the end of the lesson.
Caro, Antonia and Josef hold hands and walk towards the soft floor mat in the middle of the hall.
A jump, a slipping mat and children's laughter.
And coach Geigl also shows her protégés a new game at the end: First set up the mat and then let it fall over with it.
The children are a bit skeptical about the matter at first, at first none of them will fall over.
But when Antonia falls over and laughs out loud, the others lose their shyness too.
They throw themselves onto the heavy mat three or four times.
If Geigl hadn't taken over the group, inclusion gymnastics would have ended at the end of the year.
"But I like it so much," says the trainer.
"They're just having so much fun."
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