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THE LITTLE GYM Wandsworth & Fulham

   

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Gym director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- Well as I have been working at The Little Gym Wandsworth since 2008 you can imagine I have lots of favourite stories especially as there is no favourite child. There are kids you start teaching when they are 1 year old. At the beginning they seem shy with you and the new environment. Over time you become friends with them, while they also grow in their confidence. Parents then tell you that they talk about you all the time. And they always ask: “is it Little Gym Today?” It’s those things that make me stay here at the gym.

What is your background in sports?
- Since I can remember I always preferred running instead of walking. My mum put me on skis’ when I was 3 years old. So there was no chance other than to become a passionate alpine skier. Apart from that I have no idea it must be in my genes or karma.

What ​makes you special?
- I’m an active member of a lay Buddhist community and enjoy Buddhist meditation and spending time with my Buddhist friends.

​Describe yourself in 3 words
- Kind, silly, patient

Where ​are you from?
- I’m from Chemnitz, Germany where I was born. I lived for one year on an Island, Amrum in the North Sea where I did ecological educational work with children and adults. I worked for a year and a half with children with special needs in Minsk, Belarus. I studied Sports & Exercise in Muenster and Berlin, Germany. Since 2007 I enjoy living in London and working at the Little Gym since August 2008.

   

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Program director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I LOVE working at The Little Gym and adore the children and their honesty and working in a ‘warm and welcoming’ team. I don’t have one favourite story because every day something happens to be my new favourite!

What is your background in sports?
- I did gymnastics competitively in Italy from a little girl until I was 18, then I became a Sports Acrobatic coach. I moved to London 4 years ago and I coach some competitive girls squads at another London gym as well as TLG.

What ​makes you special?
- I always try to be positive!

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Energetic, Little, Smiley

Where ​are you from?
- Lodi (close to Milan), Italy

Most likely to find me…
- Trying skills in the gym, talking really loudly, or working on my pronunciation!

   

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Senior Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I worked for The Little Gym Wandsworth when I graduated University in 2012, or 2 years, I then took some time out to travel and spend time with family. I came back in 2016 because I missed the gym (and the kids) so much. The best thing about returning to the gym is seeing all of the ‘babies’ I taught in my Parent & Child classes run into the gym as tall, strapping 5 & 6 year olds. Some of them are nearly taller than me!

What is your background in sports?
- I was always sporty growing up and took part in lots of sports recreationally. I never competed in gymnastics but did it for fun – I also loved netball & swimming! I’ve done my Junior and Community Sports leaders awards and am a qualified gymnastics and cheerleading coach. I joined a cheerleading squad while at university and used my gymnastics background to stunt, tumble and dance with my squad for several years. I also run my own fitness business in Kent and teach Pilates too!

What ​makes you special?
- I run 2 of my own health and well being businesses outside of working at TLG Wandsworth.

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Organised, funny, loving

Where ​are you from?
- Jersey - Channel Islands

Most likely to find me…
- Drinking coffee & chatting with the kids!

  

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Senior Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I’m thrilled to be part of the team here at The Little Gym Wandsworth and my favourite thing is working with the team of our fantastic instructors! My son Vincent comes to the Birds classes now, coming to class with him and seeing him enjoy all the amazing benefits of The Little Gym has to be my favourite story!

What is your background in sports?
- I’m a qualified Basketball and Gymnastics coach and have worked in a variety of teaching posts, within schools and sports clubs both here and in Peru where I am from. I hope my Latin spirit shines through in the gym and I try and live by the mantra ‘Believe in your potential and have fun and fun and fun’!! So basically have lots of fun!

What ​makes you special?
- My sense of humour.

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Polite, happy, energetic

Where ​are you from?
- Peru

Most likely to find me…
- Chatting & laughing!

  

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Gymnastic Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- During my first class as a teacher at The Little Gym, I was approached by a child who said, 'aren't you a bit too big for this class?' It warmed my heart and I knew this was the sort of environment I wanted to work in.

What is your background in sports?
- I’m an ex-international gymnast and qualified British Gymnastics coach. I love transferring my skills from this over to The Little Gym non-competitive, nurturing environment.  I love being around children, listening to their stories and playing an active interest in their lives. I also love Volleyball.

What ​makes you special?
- I have a birthmark in my eye

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Crafty, patient, clumsy

Where ​are you from?
- Poland but I grew up here in the UK.

Most likely to find me…
- Telling stories to the kids or other TLG team.

   
  

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Gymnastic Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I love working at the Little gym as I’m a big kid at heart and enjoy getting to know the children and their individual characters. I don’t have one favourite story but my favourite thing is watching the children’s skill level increase week by week, especially in the Flips/Twisters classes.

What is your background in sports?
- I am a trampoliner and gymnast and love the sport so much. I started working for TLG whilst also studying, I recently completed A levels and now I’m at University in London studying sports science. I used to work at a trampoline park, running parties for children. My favourite skill is a side aerial which is a cartwheel with no hands! I also love football and netball.

What ​makes you special?
- I love to BOUNCE. I’ve been jumping around since he age of 3 so now I am super springy!

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Energetic, optimistic, sporty

Where ​are you from?
- Born in the UK, my parents are from Grenada in the Caribbean.

Most likely to find me…
- Bouncing somewhere in the gym!

  

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Gymnastic Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I think The Little Gym has the perfect approach to teaching the children how to have some “serious fun” and at the same time maybe turn those cute BUGS into acrobatic AERIAL butterflies. My favourite story would be how I’m always amazed by the joy the children show at every little achievement in class!

What is your background in sports?
- I come from a background of dance, from a very young age I practiced all different forms of dance and once old enough, I went on to teach it in my hometown of Bratislava, Slovakia. After that, I got my Masters degree in Physical Theatre in Prague, and founded a Contemporary Circus company together with a friend. We performed and taught around the world as acrobats, visiting Japan, Turkey and France among others. My specialty was Static Trapeze, Silk and Acrobalance…yep, all very high in the air! I am also a pilates coach too.

What ​makes you special?
- I love life & travel

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Amazing, funny, stubborn

Where ​are you from?
- Slovakia, Bratislava

Most likely to find me…
- Eating or laughing, or both!

  

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Gymnastics Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I believe that having fun is the best way of learning. The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham is nothing but fun and there is no end to what the children can learn here!

What is your background in sports?
- I trained as a Synchronised swimmer and have performed for many synchro clubs. I’m also a synchro coach and I love expanding my skills and passion for teaching through the gymnastics at The Little Gym. I also love horse riding.

What ​makes you special?
- I once was a mermaid

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Fun, chatty, confident

Where ​are you from?
- Poland

Most likely to find me…
- In the water…or pretending to be a mermaid in the gym!

  

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Gymnastic Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- Getting to pretend to be a fireman during one of my Little Gym Pre school classes, I used to want to be one when I was younger so it is so much fun acting it out with the children in class.

What is your background in sports?
- I trained and competed in gymnastics from a young age. I also coached Men's gymnastics. I love the sport, in particular the Floor and Bar apparatus and spreading my enthusiasm to children. I also love Tennis!

What ​makes you special?
- I think I have the soul and heart of a child.

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Family man, smart, curious

Where ​are you from?
- Romania, Bucharest

Most likely to find me…
- Flipping around or swinging on the bars in the gym!

  

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Gymnastic Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I love The Little Gym as I get to enjoy my hobby (gymnastics) in my job and incorporate different and interesting learning methods using skills, songs and games. I love the grace and strength required in gymnastics!

My favourite story would be from my first week at TLG when I was surprised and amused to hear one of our Funny Bugs exclaim that a forward roll on the beam was ‘easy peasy’!

What is your background in sports?
- I did Gymnastics and Acro Sports competitively for many years, I coached and judged the sport too.  I am also a qualified fitness instructor and have taught gymnastics, sports and fitness in many places such as my home in Hungary, China, Italy and here in London.

What ​makes you special?
- I love to travel and have lived and worked in lots of countries around the world!

​Describe yourself in 3 words ​
- Energetic, happy, warm-hearted

Where ​are you from?
- Hungary

Most likely to find me…
- Making sure the gym is looking clean & tidy!