Both a discipline and concept, Gymnastics for All is the foundation for all Gymnastics disciplines, physical movement and sporting activities, and offers a world of movement opportunities suitable for all genders, age groups, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Gymnastics for All activities contribute to personal health, fitness and overall well-being.
Its all-inclusive philosophy – "Fun, Fitness, Fundamentals and Friendship" - was close to the heart of FIG founder Nicolas Cupérus in the 19th century. Its activities today - Gymnastics with or without apparatus and Gymnastics and Dance Gymnastics for All - can be showcased through either demonstration, performance (such as the World Gymnaestrada) or competitive team events (such as the 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.
Organised once every four years since 1953, the World Gymnaestrada is the premiere Gymnastics for All event. From all corners of the globe, Gymnastics groups of all stripes come together for a festival week of city and gala performances, all illustrating the richness and variety of the activity. More than 20,000 gymnasts descended on Helsinki, Finland, for the 15th World Gymnaestrada in 2015. The next edition will be held in Dornbirn, Austria, in the summer of 2019.
Introduced in 2009 and held alternately every four years between World Gymnaestradas, the World Gym for Life Challenge has become another stage for Gymnastics for All groups to show off their skills in a supportive, friendly ambiance. Whereas the World Gymnastraeda is strictly for exhibition performances, the World Gym for Life Challenge allows groups the opportunity to be lightly evaluated based on creativity and originality. The top groups are invited to perform at a closing gala, where the Bruno Grandi Trophy is awarded.