Janine Peart: Manager and Coach
My name is Janine and I have been coaching gymnastics in Bishops Stortford Primary Schools for 7 years (and have taught over 2,000 children in the area). I have been running ‘after-school’ clubs as well as spending time with teachers to improve the provision of gymnastics lessons in the curriculum.
I am also a qualified Pre-School Gymnastics Coach and have run many classes for Under 5s. I like nothing better than jumping around the gym to ‘Flippy Floppy Scarecrow’!
More recently I have gained a qualification in Cheerleading and have been responsible for running inter-school competitions at Birchwood School.
I have a son aged 15 and a daughter, aged 12 who is a fanatical gymnast herself. Therefore, I can totally appreciate what parents want from a gymnastics class and love the gym on London Road as it has a large glass window so that parents can see exactly what they are paying for.
Karen Perkins: Manager & Coach
My name is Karen and I am a Level 2 qualified Gymnastics Coach and my claim to fame is that I coached a primary school team to win a National Final for 2 consecutive years. A real achievement!
I have been married to Andrew for 23 years and have a 18 year old son Lewis, who enjoys all sports.
As a Mum we want to give our children the best start in life by choosing activities that will shape their future. Gymnastics instilled the love of exercise in me, but also determination and perseverance. I used to train 4 nights a week and made long term friendships. I am passionate about creating the best environment for our children to grow.
Wendy: Head Coach
My name is Wendy and I joined owners, Karen and Janine when the club opened. I lead the coaching team and design the lesson plans ensuring all our gymnasts stay motivated, have fun and achieve in their chosen sport. I am a High Performance Coach in women's Artistic Gymnastics, and Level 1 Pre-School Coach. I got involved in elite gymnastics in my childhood and completed my coaching qualifications 20 years ago. I have mentored many prospective coaches and coached hundreds of gymnasts in my lifetime to achieve their best, from entry level to national elite status. The last 10 years I have focused on the developmental aspect of the sport, enjoying helping children from baby age, right the way through to teens! See you at the gym. :-)
Niki: Pre-School & Party Manager
My name is Niki and I joined Stortford Gymnastics in September 2016 as the Pre-School and Party Coordinator. My role within the club is to take the stresses away from parents and co-ordinate fun and active Birthday Parties. I also devise session plans and run classes for our Leaping Lions (aged 3-5 independent classes) and Courageous Cats (aged 18 months - 3 years with parent/guardian).
My background from a young age, was Artistic Gymnastics until around the age 11, I then progressed into competitive Trampolining as a gymnast and as an Advanced Coach until the age of 28! I had a brief gap during 1999/2000 where I joined the circus and performed in the Millennium Dome, now known as the O2.
I have two children and it was while watching my youngest in his Pre-School classes that I decided to change career, re-trained and well the rest is history as I'm here working with all of you! I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and helping your little ones learn and explore through play, and gain confidence and new skills along the way.
Charlie: Club Coach
My name is Charlie, I am a Level 2 Artistic Gymnastics coach and up until recently have been teaching Elite and Recreational Squads at Epping Forest Gym Club. I am Coach Marked under the Hertfordshire Sports Scheme and work with local schools as part of the Birchwood Sports Partnership. I am thrilled to be part of the new Stortford Gymnastics Club and excited at the prospect of coaching and developing great basic techniques to advance gymnasts within a fun and safe environment.
Tom: Club Coach
My Name is Tom, and I am a Level 2, Women’s Artistic Coach and Level 1 Pre-School Coach with over a decade of experience instructing fledgling gymnasts. I pride myself in being able to get the best from those I work with.
I have a variety of coaching experience and qualifications from general gymnastics to women’s artistic.
I greatly enjoy seeing people succeed and have been involved in developing young talent in previous roles.
My second passion, is fitness and being a Personal Trainer, Nutritional Advisor and Sports Massage Therapist I am able to pass on vital knowledge to help participants grow and excel.
Lyndsey: Club Coach
My name is Lyndsey and I joined Stortford Gymnastics in January 2017. I am a Level 2 Club Coach and a Level 1 Pre-School Coach. I decided to become a coach after years of being in the sport as an Elite Gymnast (British champion at the age of 9). I have been a coach for many years but I stopped when I had a family. I am very excited to join the team to develop children's gymnastic ability, social skills, and confidence.
My name is Jean and I have been with Stortford Gymnastics since it opened. I am now a qualified Level 1 Club Coach and currently working towards my Level 2. I decided to become a coach after years of doing gymnastics as a child, and because I absolutely love working with children! I look forward to seeing the children every week and watching them progress in both ability and confidence.
My name is Marie, and I am a Level 1 gymnastics coach who qualified last year, shortly after joining Stortford Gymnastics. I initially found a love for the sport through my daughter who participates in Trampolining gymnastics and coaching. After many years of working in the health and fitness industry, I was inspired and encouraged to take a coaching qualification by my good friend Karen and subsequently completed my first course with British Gymnastics last year. I am continually developing my coaching skills within the club and I am keen to encourage the children to achieve their best potential whilst having fun in a safe and caring environment.
My name is Gaynor. I became interested in gymnastics when my two daughters , one with co-ordination difficulties and the other a competing dancer, joined Janine’s school club over 6 years ago. I soon realised the huge benefits and fun that gymnastics had to offer to children of all abilities and ages.
My involvement in primary school gymnastics grew, and my role as a parent helper evolved. Over the next 4 years, I helped Janine take the Little Hadham Primary School squad to lots of competitions, reaching three County Finals - three years in a row. In addition to achieving a bronze at Eastern Regional Finals.
I am now proud to say I have qualified as a Level 1 General Gymnastics coach and I continue to enjoy working and watching children of different abilities flourish and develop through gymnastics.
My name is Ellouise, and at the age of 4, I began dancing. I then went on to train full time to become a professional dancer and was was lucky enough to succeed. Following this, I trained to become a dance teacher and qualified in 2016. During my teacher-training I noticed a huge upsurge in Gymnastics influence and thoroughly enjoyed this aspect. This led me to become a qualified Level 1 Gymnastics coach which I am proud to say I gained in 2017. I enjoy integrating my unique dance skills at Stortford Gymnastics.
My name is Jo and I qualified my Level 1 Women’s Artistic Coaching qualification at the start of 2016. I’ve been involved in gymnastics since the age of 4 and have been doing competitive gymnastics since the age of 7. My greatest achievement is being selected to represent Essex in a Team’s Regional Competition. I have also recently become a judge, gaining my qualification in 2015 and judging many County competitions. I am really excited to start coaching at Stortford Gymnastics, and I look forward to helping young gymnasts achieve their best.
My name is Kelly and I qualified as a Level 1 General Gymnastics coach in 2018.
I also work as a teaching assistant and work closely with Special Olympics Gymnasts and those needing extra assistance. I have worked with Young People and Children for 15 years in various different areas and was a keen gymnastic as child. Working at Bishops Stortford Gymnastics has re sparked my love of this sport!
My name is Miles and I absolutely love all sport, especially football and West Ham. I am a PE teacher in a local school and thoroughly enjoy my job working with children and watching them grow through sport. I have always admired gymnastics from afar and find the skills which gymnasts can achieve amazing. I decided to get involved with Stortford Gymnastics to further my skills in coaching gymnastics and get a better idea of how the gymnasts do their awesome stuff!
I am a qualified Level 1 General Gymnastics, which I gained in 2018. I look forward to working with the children in the caring, supportive and fun environment that the club provides.
Megan : Coach
My name is Megan, I have recently moved to Bishop’s Stortford from Ireland and was lucky enough to get a job with Stortford gymnastics. When I was younger, I did competitive gymnastics which then led onto Competitive Cheerleading. I have coached both gymnastics and cheerleading and I am now a qualified Level 2 Cheer Coach. My greatest accomplishment so far, is competing at the World Cheerleading Championships in 2012 with Team UK resulting in being placed 10th in the World. I am so looking forward to coaching all of the children in the club and getting to know them individually.
My name is Tina, I have been with Stortford Gymnastics since October 2016, my role within the club is to assist the Pre-school coaches as a helper. I ensure the gymnasts are settled and offer that 'motherly' comfort if required. If this isn’t required I embrace the theme of that week and get stuck in! I am due to take my Core Proficiency Coaching Course in early 2018. I joined Stortford Gymnastics because I enjoy working with children and love the structure of the Pre-school classes. It really is a lot of fun, acting as various objects and things!
Alex: Core Proficiency
My name is Alex and I have been working at Stortford Gymnastics since September 2017, I have loved the sport from a young age and have been in many competitions since I was 6. I am a qualified Core Proficiency Coach and I really enjoying working here and teaching the kids to learn and love the sport I thoroughly enjoy. I am hoping to expand my coaching skills and qualifications as I am constantly looking to improve and Stortford Gymnastics is a great place to do this
Chloe: Core Proficiency & Receptionist
My name is Chloe and I have been working at Stortford
Gymnastics since February 2017 as a receptionist on Saturdays and
Tuesdays. Since starting, I have carried out my Core Proficiency and now coach
in the gym on a Saturday afternoon. I attended gymnastics until the age of
10, but stopped when I found my passion for swimming and I have competed at
County, Regional and National level since. I always enjoyed gymnastics as a
child and have gained this enjoyment back since working at Stortford
My name is George and I have been working at Stortford Gymnastics as a Core Proficiency Coach on Saturday afternoons since March 2017. I first enjoyed gymnastics at primary school with Janine as my coach, but have recently rediscovered a passion for the sport through coaching and helping to bring through the next generation of gymnasts.