Here you will find our club's passionate team of Coaches and Welfare Officers with their most relevant gymnastics coaching qualification listed next to their names. 'GG' refers to general gymnastics, 'MAG' refers to men's artistic gymnastics and 'WAG' refers to the women's artistic gymnastics discipline. As you will see a large section of coaches are ex-gymnasts from the club demonstrating their dedication and passion not only for the sport of gymnastics but for the family at Idsall Gymnastics Club.
Katie Hulme (Level 2 WAG)
Head Coach and Manager
Katie has been with club since the age of 10 where she developed under the coaching of Liz and Helen becoming the first gymnast in the club to medal in a Women's Artistic competition. During her final competitive years Katie became one of the first 'Young Helpers' along with Chinique and Lewis. After successfully completing her Level 2 award Katie took over the club as Head Coach in 2012 from Helen.
(Level 2 WAG & GG)
Coach and Manager
Dave started as a volunteer parent helper within the boys section of the club. He developed his knowledge and coaching abilities and now is a full time coach helping his daughter Katie to manage the club.
Gemma Morris (Level 2 WAG)
Gemma is a welcome and new addition to the coaching team having 3 children in the competitive section of the club. She has quickly developed her coaching knowledge to become one of the main coaches we rely upon and can be seen in nearly all of our sessions. Gemma is responsible for all purchases of the club merchandise.
Saskia Morris (Level 2 WAG)
Saskia has been with the club since the age of 6 and continued with competitive gymnastics until the second year of college as well as becoming a coach. Recently she has completed her Level 2 award in coaching and started a Gymfusion section of the club.
Millie Lea (Level 1 WAG)
Millie joined the club later in her gymnastic career entering several competitions. She has since become one of the coaches and is responsible for our younger development gymnasts and several recreational classes..
Graham Aykrod (Level 2 MAG)
Graham began coaching with us in 2006 when his children joined the competitive section of the club, with his son competing for the West Midlands at the MAG British Network Championships two years running. In his younger days, Graham was selected to represent Zimbabwe at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and competed at international level against Wales and Scotland in 1987.
Lewis Walker (Level 2 MAG)
Like most of our coaches Lewis has developed through our club from a gymnast achieving some notable successes in MAG and as a young helper Lewis is shortly to depart for Oxford University where we wish him every success and pass on our many thanks for all he has done.
Sarah Howell (Level 2 WAG)
Sarah has two daughters in our competitive section of the club and is a former competitive gymnast herself. She currently works with our squad at Lilleshall using her experience as both a gymnast and coach from a previous club to train some of girls towards a higher competitive level.
We have several Young Helpers who are our more senior gymnasts and provide our younger children with their experience and guidance by assisting the senior coaches in maintaining the focus and concentration of gymnasts. Without these committed team members the coaches job would be considerable more difficult! Many thanks for your help and dedication!
John Manning (Level 1 WAG)
John has been involved with the club since its inception and has given untold free hours to the club. He has seen many of the coaches, including Katie, Chinique, Lindsey and Lewis, develop through the club and is currently responsible for keeping our older girls engaged in the sport when many often leave for other things.
(Level 2 WAG)
Chinique was a gymnast in the competitive section of the club until a bad back injury caused her to continue her passion for gymnastics as a coach. She has used her experience as a gymnast and young helper to become part of coaching team. She currently coaches across various recreational sessions and is responsible for developing our younger squad girls through their first competitions.
Anne-marie is a volunteer and has a child within the competitive section of the club.
Anne-marie is a school teacher and is the Point of Contact, for all members, on any Welfare issues and can be approached about any other issues. Anne-marie is available on a Saturday afternoon and Wednesday evening.
You can also contact her on the following email: Anne-Marie - email@example.com and via Katie or Dave who will be able to provide a phone number.