Cooking and gymnastics club for girls only?

(17 Posts)
questionsgalore Tue 10-Sep-13 21:43:39

Please excuse my stereotyping - I'm hoping it isn't the case. I've been encouraging DS to be more sociable and join some clubs. So he has chosen gymnastics and cooking (even though he has two left feet).

I know he's not going to be so keen if there are only girls when he turns up. So I just wondered if anyone else's boys do cookery or gymnastics clubs? He's totally not interested in football despite my repeat questioning.

Thanks.

scurryfunge Tue 10-Sep-13 21:47:18

My son went to a gymnastics club which had predominantly girls as attendees. He loved it and did quite well. He was not remotely interested in football but has been playing rugby too for several years.

numbum Tue 10-Sep-13 22:06:49

DS did cookery last year. 6 girls and 3 boys.

He did have a rant today when he had to do gymnastics during PE though. Although I know there are 2 boys in his year who do gymnastics through a club and are very good at it

My DS has also never been interested in football training, although he loves watching football. He did one term of after school football but all he did was come home excited about his new talent of spitting!

Would it bother you so much if any DD you have was the only girl wanting to do football or karate (complete stereotyping there but am sure you get what I mean)

Jenny70 Tue 10-Sep-13 22:21:54

Our school gym club has 2-3 boys in each age group, my year 1 ds starts gym tomorrow! I'd show him some olympic footage on YouTube if he expressesany doubts.

And cooking is fine, what a good skill to start him learning.

Periwinkle007 Tue 10-Sep-13 23:24:44

I wouldn't worry about it - I have male friends who have been international gymnasts, they are stronger both mentally and physically than many other sports professionals.

thegraduand Tue 10-Sep-13 23:26:40

Our local gymnastics club has loads of boys, they even do classes just for boys as they need to learn different equipment apparently

Periwinkle007 Tue 10-Sep-13 23:39:21

when they are really young then boys and girls train together because they won't be doing any apparatus in just a recreational class but yes as they get older and more serious the girls will move to do floor, beam, bars and vault and boys do floor, p bars, high bar, rings, pommels and vault. Most schools would just do floor and vault. There are loads of different branches of gymnastics though, the apparatus I have listed is artistic gymnastics and is what you would see at the Olympics, then there is rhythmic which is girls only (ribbon, hoop, clubs, rope and ball I think) then there is trampolining, tumbling, DMT (double mini tramp) and sports acro which can be in mens or womens pairs, womens trios, mixed pairs, mens 4. there is also team gym.

DeWe Wed 11-Sep-13 09:31:10

DD2's gym club is nearly half boys in her group. There tend to be fewer at secondary age though.

Taffeta Wed 11-Sep-13 09:42:44

There are a handful of boys in DDs gym and country dancing clubs. My DS would love a cookery club, you're lucky to have one.

Bunnyjo Wed 11-Sep-13 09:43:45

DD's gymnastics club do separate lessons for boys right from the start, as they learn different skills and different apparatus. The boys classes are quite popular, though, and they have male competing gymnasts and regional level.

kilmuir Wed 11-Sep-13 09:45:50

cookery club is popular with boys and girls at my DCs primary

souperb Wed 11-Sep-13 11:27:50

DS would love to do gymnastics. He did a week crash course at a local leisure centre last Easter and not only did he love it, but it was the first physical-type thing that he has not been completely rubbish at. There were 8 in his class, all infant aged. Three boys and five girls.

We have since moved and I am looking for something locally and am also hoping to join a class/club with some boys. DS remains utterly horrified at the existence of girls.

GreatNorthRoad Wed 11-Sep-13 11:48:13

DS1 does cooking club at secondary and loves it. I think he is about the only boy, but he doesn't seem to mind, he loves food that much!

DS2 does Gymnastics at an out of school club gymnastics- they split them into boys' and girls' groups after a certain age (8yo?) and I would say overall they are about 2/3 girls to 1/3 boys

BackforGood Wed 11-Sep-13 12:03:10

When they've had cooking clubs at my dcs' schools, they have been even split. The gym club and dance club is usually mainly or totally girls - boys can (and in some years do) go, but tend to be the only one. Which is fine if they are happy. Equally, my dd was the only girl who wnet to football training in Yrs3 and 4 - nobody had a problem with it, but part of that is down to personality. She didn't consider it an issue, so the lads didn't either.

feetheart Netherlands Wed 11-Sep-13 12:17:36

DS(7) has been doing gymnastics for about 2 years at a local gymnastics club. They have separate classes for boys and girls from about 5 as they do different apparatus. He loves it and I'm sure would still do it if there were girls in the class!

He would LOVE to do a cookery club. So much so that we are actually looking for some sort of class/course as a birthday present for him. Again, girls wouldn't bother him.

meditrina Wed 11-Sep-13 12:20:30

No cookery club.

DD's (recreational) after-school gym club is about 1/3 boys.

MogTheForgetfulCat Wed 11-Sep-13 13:37:49

My DS1 did ballet quite happily as the only boy, and both he and DS2 liked the nature/gardening club that predominantly had girls.

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