Meet the Team

Learn more about your child’s coaches! Find out how our team members first got involved in gymnastics, what they like doing outside of the gym and discover the answers to the all important question; “are you a dog or a cat person?”.

Management Team

Salme Naylor

Director of Coaching

Coaching level: High Performance Coach (HPC)

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I went to a holiday camp at Staveley gymnastics club when I was 7 years old on a recommendation and then was invited to join one of their squads. I was initially an artistic gymnast until my coach realised I couldn’t see the vault when I was running towards it, so sent me to the acrobatics squad, which I then competed in for 15 years.

I started coaching when I was 13 years old and went through the coaching levels along with my training. After I completed my sports science degree, I became a full-time coach at the club, completing my High-Performance coaching qualification at 24 years old and was promoted to Director of Coaching when I was 28.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

Everyone at the club is so passionate about what we do. I love seeing the smiling faces of the children as they come through the door and seeing how they develop over their sessions and the fun that they have. I feel proud of all our coaches and gymnasts regardless of the level that they achieve and obviously watching our elite performers win International medals is just the icing on the cake.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I don’t have much time away from the gym, but when I am home, I like to socialise with my family and friends. A trip to a theatre is always my go-to treat.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was on Blue Peter when I was a gymnast and still have my Blue Peter badge!

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Hmmmm…. Both really- I grew up with dogs and cats, and guinea pigs and rabbits!!! Unfortunately, I don’t have animals now (although my children desperately want a dog), my schedule means that it would be difficult- but maybe some time in the future.

 

 

Melanie Sanders

Operations Manager

Coaching level: High Performance Coach

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I was hyperactive as a child, so my mum started me in gymnastics, as it was the only activity that would take a child at 4 years old! I started as an artistic gymnast but eventually moved to Acrobatics when the club I trained decided to only offer acrobatics.

I loved gymnastics from the very start and it was all I ever wanted to do. When I was coming to the end of my competitive career as a GB gymnast, I wanted to stay involved and give something back to my sport so I decided to become an International Judges and a High Performance Coach.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

Working with like-minded people that are passionate and really value and understand the importance of the work that they do. I also love to see the enjoyment that gymnastic brings to all of those involved and most importantly I enjoy supporting the gymnasts that I personally coach to achieve their goals.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

That’s a difficult one, I’m always working!

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I have a doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I’m a cat person but my children are currently trying to persuade me to become a dog person!!

 

 

Scott Patterson

Finance Manager

Coaching level: High Performance Coach – Level 5

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

As a gymnast I was selected from a recreational gymnastics class in a leisure centre to go to Deerness Gymnastics Club. From there I worked through the regional and national level until I was eventually selected to compete for Great Britain when I was 16 as a middle in a junior men’s group. I then competed for GB for the next 6 years.

I took coaching qualifications whilst I was training at Deerness and coached their development squads whist I was still training and at school and university.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy being able to see the result of my work when gymnasts achieve a new move or get selected to compete at a national/international event. There aren’t many occupations where you are rewarded almost tangibly for your efforts and don’t just receive a pay check.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy renovating houses (I may be a little mad). Having a creative outlet outside of work helps me to focus my mind on things outside of the gym and gives me something else to concentrate on when work gets stressful.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I also work in a school in Guildford on my day off (I’m definitely mad). I think having different people and perspectives around you helps to keep you fresh and on top of your game.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Dog – I have a very energetic three year old Boxer called Ginny.

Kate Fitzgibbon

Gymnastics for All (GfA) Manager 

Coaching level: Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Level 2

Trampolining – Level 2

Acrobatics – Level 1

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I began coaching as an assistant coach at 13 working with the younger recreational gymnasts on a Saturday morning before going to my own gymnastics training in the afternoon.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I really enjoy working alongside the other coaches and gymnasts in the gym, although there is a lot of hard working going on there is also a lot of laughter and fun in training. My favourite moments in my job are definitely when one of my gymnasts achieves a new skill that we have been working on for a long time.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I am not at work I like going for walks in the local parks or by the river, yoga, going to the gym, and socialising with friends and family.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I have a degree as a PE teacher.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Definitely a dog person!

Office Team

Katie Delport

Marketing Manager

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 3

Acrobatics – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I was invited to join Richmond (then known as Staveley) after I attended a holiday camp there when I was six years old. I started off in their Artistic squad before moving to Acrobatics when I was 13 and only leaving when I was 20 and studying Marketing at university.

I first qualified as a Coach when I was 16 years old and have been involved with the club all my life one way or another! I came back to the club permanently in 2019 after living abroad for most of my adult life, to work as both a Coach and the club’s first Marketing Manager.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

The combination of creativity within the Marketing role (who doesn’t like looking at gymnastics?!) and satisfaction from coaching- seeing children achieve their goals no matter their ability is lovely.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Swimming outdoors, walking my dogs, and spending time with family and friends. I also love travelling but that’s sadly not so easy anymore.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I learnt to fire dance in South Africa.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Both! I grew up with cats but now have three rescue dogs.

Lizzie Haynes-Blackburn

Office Manager

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy the daily challenge of never knowing what the day will bring and working with a huge variety of people – staff and members. I love the buzz of always being busy!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy Vinyasa Yoga, paddle boarding, vintage fashion & antique hunting & chasing sunsets.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was a member of a female football team until a few years ago and played tennis competitively in my teenage years.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Both! I have a brown Labrador called Bear and two cats; Prince and Dizzee Boo.

Louise Crosby

Receptionist

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I have not done a gymnastics class since I was a child, but my children attended this club when they were pre-schoolers.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy working with the public and love seeing the excitement on pre-school gymnasts faces when they come for classes.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I do textile art and have a small online shop selling my works and kits to do-it-yourself. I used to teach textile workshops and hope to start again once we live in a healthier world.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I share a birthday with Andy Murray.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I prefer dogs but don’t tell my cat!

 

 

Evie Balfe

Receptionist

How did you get into gymnastics/coaching?

I actually got into working on reception at RGA through my brother. He used to coach and also compete as part of a Men’s Group in Acrobatics. Unfortunately I don’t have any gymnastics skills myself!

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I love the RGA team and love that I get to watch the amazing gymnasts from my desk everyday.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?

When I am not at work I enjoy music and art. I regularly release and gig my own music and sell my art. I also teach private singing lessons in East Sheen.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
That my birthday falls on international men’s day (lucky me).

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Sorry dog lovers, but I grew up with cats and so I am definitely more of a cat person!

Heads of Discipline

Tracey Brown

Coaching level: Pre-school – Level 2

Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I decided ten years ago I wanted to change my career. Gymnastics and working with children have always been a passion of mine so I came and watched a few pre-school classes at RGA and I’ve never looked back!

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

Seeing those little smiley faces every day, having lots fun and hoping that I’ve made a small difference in their little lives.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

My favourite thing at the moment is stand up paddle boarding (SUP). I also enjoy wild swimming, long walks in the countryside, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I grew up and lived in Malawi for 18 years.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)? 

Dog person!

Kate Fitzgibbon

Head of Gymnastics for All

See Management Team.

Melanie Sanders

Head of Acrobatics

See Management Team.

Ella Tralls

Head of Development

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

My sister did gymnastics so I started coming to watch her from when I was a baby. Then started my own lessons when I was about four or five.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I like seeing the gymnasts I’ve known since they were little winning medals at big competitions!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy cooking and watching reality TV.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m really shy when I meet new people.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I love both but cats are my favourite.

Rompers Pre-school

Tracey Brown

Lead Coach

See Heads of Discipline.

Bekah Perring

Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started gymnastics when I was three when my mum brought me to a toddler class near where I lived. I loved it and didn’t stop doing it till I was 15 after being part of various disciplines. I then got into coaching as a way of still being part of the sport I loved. Then I moved to London for university and after that started to coach at RGA.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy working with the other coaches and being able to have fun and be silly with the kids. I especially love dressing up for fun week and also love seeing the kids have fun and progress so quickly during camps.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy dancing and I love knitting, and on Sundays I love to go to church.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was 16th in the world for my individual routine in Aerobic Gymnastics and was part of the Great Britain squad for Aerobic Gymnastics from ages 10-15.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

If I had to choose, it would be dog but I would definitely prefer to have a cuddle with a baby than a dog or cat!

Miguel Moraes Vaz

Coach

See Squad Coaches- Acrobatics.

Gymnastics for All - RGA Centre

Kate Fitzgibbon

Head of Floor and Vault

See Management Team.

Moneice Lemard

Gymnastics for All Programme Leader

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I first started attending RGA when I was around 11/12. I loved it and continued attending classes until I was about 16 years old. The staff were all so friendly and encouraging.

When I was in Year 9, I chose RGA for my work experience and completed two weeks of coaching a range of classes and a bit of admin work, as a teenager with no industry experience. I loved every second of it and decided to do my Level 0 coaching qualifications which enabled me to become an Assistant Coach. Ten years later I am still here,  coaching and inspiring children everyday. 

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy the bond I have created with the other coaches.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I’m not working, I’m working ! I can’t really keep still and enjoy keeping myself busy. 

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

For those of you that don’t know, I love cooking and consider myself the best cook in my home (even better than my mum!!).

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I love dogs but my kitten Moon is honestly the best animal on earth. 

Jennifer Bailey

Display Programme Leader

Coaching level: Acrobatics – Level 2 (studying for Level 3)

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started gymnastics because my sisters both did it. When I turned 14, I started volunteering and then did my coaching qualifications so I could do coaching alongside my training at the gym as part of the Acrobatics squad.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

Teaching the display squad and getting to see them improve and learn skills they’ve worked really hard on. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I am not coaching/working, I really enjoy going rowing with team mates. 

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I took my A Level exams in Azerbaijan.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I don’t dislike dogs but I am definitely a cat person! I have a pet cat and he is super fluffy!

Georgia Thompson

Invitational Programme Leader

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 1

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started at Shene Sports Centre (an RGA satellite centre at the time) when I was four years old.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I love choreographing displays and having such a fun group of coaches to work with. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love travelling whenever I get the opportunity to.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’ve been coaching at RGA for nearly nine years now.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Dog person!

Heather Janes

Lead Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I trained at at another gymnastics club for four and half years, from the age of nine. I then wanted to start coaching gymnastics when I was 17 and worked alongside a qualified coach at a leisure centre who helped mentor me and improve my confidence. I taught there for four and half years alongside my trampoline coaching which I have taught from the age of 13.

I am also a Trampoline Club Coach and qualified to do rig handling which I did in my Club Coach qualification. I also work at Teddington Leisure Centre doing my trampolining coaching which was how I came across Richmond Gymnastics – I taught a couple of the coaches who put me in touch to start coaching gymnastics as well! I then took my Level 2 gymnastics qualification whilst working at RGA and have gained a lot of confidence and learnt a lot of other ideas from coaching.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I love that every coach is supportive of everyone and we all help everyone that needs it. All the gymnasts themselves are fantastic as well as they are always willing to help.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love going water-skiing, listening to music, dancing and volunteering at a disability club.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m allergic to all dairy products.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I absolutely love dogs! They are loyal and give you lots of cuddles and kisses, as well as always being there to greet you with such love and happiness.

Tracey Brown

Lead Coach

See Heads of Discipline.

Megan Rogers

Lead Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2 (studying for Level 3)

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I volunteered at my old club and then when I was old enough I did my coaching qualifications. When I moved for university, I started coaching at RGA. 

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy teaching display and building a rapport with the gymnasts. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I am not working I am a cheerleader, minus the pom-poms, more ‘Bring it On’ style! 

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m on my second degree, studying physiotherapy.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Both! I can’t choose, I want both! 

Katie Delport

Lead Coach

See Office Team.

Csilla Tyuhan

Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

It’s been a lifelong passion. I learned different disciplines as a child from rhythmic gymnastics to synchronised swimming and circus arts, and I have always stayed connected with gymnastics. I love the community it creates as much as practicing it.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

It is a very positive and supportive environment. The rooms are clean and very well equipped. I have always felt supported and welcomed here. It is good to work with different age groups and get to know the new generations while sharing my knowledge with them.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love dancing, faraway travels and vegan cooking/baking.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I practice Olympic diving at Tom Daley’s academy.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I like any animals in general, more of a dog person, but I love wildlife. My favourite animal is the humpback whale.

Jamie Jeffery

Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I have been involved with Acrobatic gymnastics competitively since I was 15. Before that I was doing recreational gymnastics from the age of 12. I started coaching when I was around 19.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

RGA is a kind place. The staff are smiley, and happy to see anyone who comes through the door. It is somewhere I am always happy to be on my way to, whether for coaching or training.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love to spend time in cafés reading. I will most likely be over in Kew doing this in the hours preceding work or training at RGA.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’ve always jokingly said that my guitar playing is the last thing people find out about me.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I am definitely a cat person in theory. Though spending lockdown at home with my sister’s French Bulldog was a lot of fun.

Rosie

Rosie Bunn

Assistant Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I got into coaching as I already had a great passion for gymnastics and it was convenient working at the same place where I trained. 

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy how RGA is a friendly environment and every coaching session is different. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I’m not working I enjoy being out and about. 

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know I can scuba dive.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I am both a cat and dog person- can’t decide!

Olivia Siviter

Assistant Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started gymnastics aged 11 at school and joined RGA when I was 13. I spent most of my time at RGA in the Display group! 

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I love seeing my gymnasts progress and have fun whilst doing so. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I spend a lot of time at gym or with my friends. I also do cheerleading now which is very similar to gymnastics.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I can still do all the tumbles that I could do when I finished gymnastics at 18!

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Both!

Leona Edwards

Assistant Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

From doing gymnastics in the playground, I joined a gymnastics class at my primary school. After a summer camp at RGA, I was invited to join the Acro squad. I represented RGA at regional and national events for five years and then moved over to the Display team. I have been coaching for two years now.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I find it really rewarding when I see how excited the gymnasts are, especially when they learn new skills they’ve been working on.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy meeting up with friends.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

When I was five, I entered a Channel 5 TV drawing competition on ‘Milkshake!’ and won a toy buggy which I was overjoyed at!

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

A dog person!

Syriah Lemard

Assistant Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started going to gymnastics classes at RGA and then became a coach.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

Getting to know the gymnasts and watching their progression throughout gymnastics.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I like spending time with family and friends.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m missing three teeth that never came through.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Even though I have a cat, I’m both a cat and a dog person.

Tegan Wilcock

Assistant Coach

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started doing gymnastics from when I was a baby and just kept going my whole life! Then I started coaching from this and love it.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I most enjoy coaching young children and passing on my knowledge of gymnastics to them. It’s great to see them have fun in the sport that I love. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I’m not working, I am usually training as that takes up most of my time! I also really like going out with my friends and reading a good book.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’ve climbed the highest mountain in south east Asia.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I’m definitely a dog person.

Gymnastics for All - Satellite Centres and Leisure Centres

Mily Brewer

Lead Coach

Centres: Grena and Nelson’s

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 3

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I was put in front of some children when I was a 13 year old squad gymnast and told “just teach them some bunny hops”.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

My job is literally rolling on the floor, playing with kids, what’s not to like?

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Singing, dancing and talking.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m actually very shy.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Both, but adopt don’t buy people!

Emil Krastev

Lead Coach

Centres: Grena and Orleans

Coaching level: High Performance Coach (HPC)

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started at my primary school gymnastics club and then moved to a club with Acrobatics and competed as the base of a Mixed Pair.

I have a coaching degree from the Bulgarian Sports Academy and also hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in PE. 

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy working with young people and the RGA motto; ‘to every child the opportunity’.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Playing badminton, walking and visiting different places.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

My sports background and achievements.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Cat person.

Meredith Webb

Lead Coach

Centres: Grena

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I got into coaching after completing voluntary hours as part of my ‘D’ Gymnastics for All RICHMOND Award Scheme. I really enjoyed it and I was asked if I would like to go on a coaching course and coach regularly… that’s where it all began!

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I really enjoy working in the fun, friendly atmosphere at the gym! Helping gymnasts to progress and gain new skills is really rewarding work.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, seeing new places and spending time with friends and family.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am currently studying Forensic Psychology at university.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Both!

Heather Janes

Lead Coach

Centres: RGA and Grena

See RGA Centre.

Tracey Brown

Lead Coach

Centres: RGA and Queen’s

See Heads of Discipline.

Csilla Tyuhan

Lead Coach

Centres: RGA and Grena

See RGA Centre.

Bekah Perring

Coach

Centres: RGA and Grena

See RGA Centre.

Eleanor Munro

Lead Coach

Centres: St. James

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 2

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I started gymnastics at pre-school age and I was invited into the Acro Squad aged seven. I continued to compete at regional and national level until the age of 14 when I stopped and began to learn how to coach.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy the sense of teamwork which is central to the sport both amongst coaches and gymnasts. Personal goals are always achieved through a combined effort.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy Photography; I studied Art in school and it is something I have continued to do in my own time.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I have covered all bases – I have been a top, a middle and a base in Acrobatic gymnastics.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I am both a dog and a cat person.

Susie Porter-Vinsen

Assistant Coach

Centres: Queen’s

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0 (studying for Level 1)

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I got into coaching through doing gymnastics at RGA.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy the community of coaches and seeing new faces in class.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

When I’m not coaching I enjoy spending time with friends.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was in the newspaper for a sunflower I grew when I was three years old.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I am both a cat and dog person, as I have both and can’t chose!

Gabby Potter

Assistant Coach

Centres: Nelson and St. James

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0 (studying for Level 1)

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I used to be a gymnast at Richmond and thought coaching would be a cool thing to do.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy seeing my gymnasts getting better and learning new moves.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Outside of work, I like going out with friends.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’ve taught my dog to do tricks and I took on her first agility course recently.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Definitely a dog person!

Rosie Bunn

Assistant Coach

Centres: Grena and RGA

See RGA Centre.

Anna Costeanu

Assistant Coach

Centres: Grena

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I have been training RGA for a number of years and saw the opportunity. I started coaching little children, fitting them around my training schedule and I found a love for coaching.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

RGA to me seems to be like one big family and I love the environment in the gym. RGA has given me many opportunities to do the things I love; coaching and gymnastics, and opened many doors for me.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy going outdoors with my friends and spending time with my family. I also really enjoy watching comedy or coming of age movies.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I am in The Vogue Magazine.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Cat person all the way!

Millie Alleyne

Assistant Coach

Centres: Grena

Coaching level: Gymnastics for All – Level 0

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I got into gymnastics as I started the baby classes at 18 months and carried on from there.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy teaching gymnasts’ new skills.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I like going out with friends.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I am a twin.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I’m a dog person!

 

Squad Coaches

Acrobatics Coaches

Melanie Sanders

Head of Acrobatics

Squad 1 Coach

See Management Team.

Scott Patterson

Squad 1 & 3 Coach

See Management Team. 

Ventsi Genov

Squad 1 Coach

Ella Tralls

Squad 3 Coach

See Heads of Discipline.

Miguel Moraes Vaz

Squad 2 Coach

Coaching level: Level 4

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I joined gymnastics when I was eight years old and started Acro when I was around 13. I started coaching when I was 16 and haven’t stopped since.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I enjoy coaching the different age groups across all competitive squads as well as being in a high-performance club that practices an athlete-centred approach.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Watching TV, going for long walks, working out, travelling, and visiting my friends and family back in Portugal.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I cannot survive without my morning coffee!

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

A dog person.

Fearn Griffin

Squad 2 Juniors Coach

Coaching level: Acrobatics – Level 1

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

Following several attempts to somersault off my parent’s sofa, I started at RGA in 2003 aged seven. 17 years later I am still here coaching part-time.

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

The big grin on the gymnast’s face when they have learnt a new skill.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Consuming delicious meals and going to the theatre.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I can recite the alphabet backwards in under four seconds.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

Cat person.

 

Jamie Jeffery

Squad Coach

See RGA Centre.

Robert Tregonning

Choreographer

Floor and Vault Coaches

Kate Fitzgibbon

Head of Gymnastics for All

See Management Team.

 

Lucy Anastaiou

Floor and Vault Programme Leader

Coaching level: Level 2 (studying for Level 3)

How did you get into gymnastics / coaching?

I trained as a county competitive gymnast for many years and then transitioned into coaching as soon as I could!

What do you enjoy most about your work at RGA?

I love teaching the Floor and Vault squads, watching them progress and compete.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m an actress alongside coaching gymnastics.

And most importantly, are you a dog person or a cat person (or neither)?

I’m a cat and a dog person- I love both!

Georgia Thompson

Squad 2 and 3 Coach

See RGA Centre.

Development coaches

Ella Tralls

Head of Development

See Heads of Discipline.

Miguel Moraes Vaz

Lead Coach

See Acrobatics Squad Coaches.

Mixed bridge coaches

Ella Tralls

Head of Development

See Heads of Discipline.

Salme Naylor

Lead Coach

See Management Team.

Miguel Moraes Vaz

Lead Coach

See Acrobatics Squad Coaches.

Inclusion Team

Tracey Brown

Lead Coach

See Heads of Discipline.

Salme Naylor

Coach

See Management Team.

 

Bekah Perring

Coach

See Rompers Pre-school.

Eleanor Munro

Coach

See Gymnastics for All – Satellite Centres.

Syriah Lemard

Assistant Coach

See RGA Centre.

Issey Clark

Assistant Coach

Moritz Speck

Assistant Coach

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