Coaches

Danielle is the head coach at the gym. She is working to her Level 4 coaching qualification. She works as a firefighter.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 3 Coach
  • Regional Judge

Tara has been coaching since 2007. She runs our Gym Tots sessions.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 2 Coach
  • Preschool Level 2 Coach

Best tip for young gymnast: Never give up!


Shelley, started coaching at 15 through to aged 21. She took a break and has been back coaching at Buckley since 2012.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 2 Coach
  • Women’s Artistic Club Judge

Best thing about coaching: I do it because the feeling we have when we see the girls improve and nail that move they have been so desperate for is second only to seeing your own succeed.

Advice to gymnasts: There’s no such word as ‘can’t’, just’ ‘I’m not done yet’.


Emily has been coaching at Buckley since 2013 and teaches gym in school.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 2 Coach
  • Women’s Artistic Club Judge

Tip for Gymnasts: Work hard at home as well as in the gym and never give up.

Best thing about coaching: Seeing the girls achieve what they’ve been working towards.


Becca started helping as a parent-helper in the Pre-school classes in 2010 and now she helps to run them.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 1 Coach

Best bit about coaching: I really enjoy seeing the children grow and progress through Pre-school and now moving up through the club.

Best tip for young gymnast: Your shapes are the fundamentals of your sport. Every move can be broken down into a series of shapes. Practise, practise, practise.


Helen has been coaching since January 2015.  She started out as a parent helper as she has a daughter at the club. Helen works as a product development manager.

  • General Gymnastics Level 2 Qualification

Best thing about coaching: Seeing the surprise when a gymnast achieves a new move.


Jo has also been coaching since January 2015 and has two children training at the club. Jo is a PE teacher.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 2 Coach
  • Men’s Artistic Club Judge

Best thing about coaching: Seeing the children develop over time.


Betty has been coaching since August 2016. She trained at the club aged 11-15. She helps to coach the Advanced gymnasts. Betty is a PE teacher.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 2 Coach
  • Women’s Artistic Club Judge

Best bit about coaching: Seeing the girls succeed when they have worked hard


Jess trained as a gymnast from the age of six and she has been coaching since the age of 13 after gaining a Sports Leader qualification. She gained her formal coaching qualification at the age of 16. She has completed her A-Levels.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 1 Coach

Julie has been coaching since 2015. She coaches in the General Gymnastics classes and Intermediates.

  • General Gymnastics Level 2 Qualification

Gym background: Trained as a gymnast from the age of seven-14


Lucy trained at the club from the age of seven and returned as a coach after completing her university studies.

  • UK CC Women’s Artistic Level 2 Coach
  • Working towards Level 3

Chloe trained as a gymnast and now coaches General classes 2, 3 & 4 as well as Intermediates.

She has completed her A-levels and will be heading off to study at Liverpool University.


Bethan has been coaching since 2004 and has recently started coaching general classes at Buckley.

  • UKCC Level 2 Women’s Artistic

Best bit about coaching: Spending the extra time with a gymnast to overcome an obstacle, and the absolute joy when they achieve.


Kristy began coaching about a year before we moved to the Gwernaffield unit. She is an area coordinator for NSPCC schools service and is mum to a gymnast in the Intermediate class.

  • UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic

ChloeChloe trained as a gymnast when she lived in Bedford. She is studying children’s nursing in Chester.

  • UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic

Tip: Always try to get back up and try again


Claire is an English and History teacher who coaches the Development class. Her daughter is also a club gymnast.

  • UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic

Bella is our club captain. She has been training with the club since Preschool classes. She trains four times a week. She is studying NVQ Level 3 in beauty.

  • UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic

Amelia Amelia has been with the club since she was six. She became a Sport Leader before taking her level 1 coaching qualification. She still trains with the club and studies dance at college.

  • UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic

Kate trained as a gymnast until 15, then sports acrobatics until 21 where she trained in the Welsh Squad.

Midwife Kate came back to coaching when daughter Emily started training and she currently coaches in Tuesday’s class.

  • UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic

Niamh is an Advanced class gymnast and is a former Welsh champion.

  • UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic