CNGA Coaches’ Mission Statement

We aim to offer a high standard of coaching for all levels of the Artistic, Team Gym and General Gymnastics pathways, encouraging technical accuracy, sound preparation and holistic athlete development.– Get to know the team that make CNGA the force it is!

Management & Administrative staff

Karen – CNGA Manager & Chief Executive Officer
  • Gymnastics discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Nadia Comaneci
  • Career highlight? GBR & England Coach and opening the CNGA we know and love!
  • Fun Fact? For the lack of holidays she had as coach is making up for them now.
Jill – Head of Men’s Artistic Gymnastics & CNGA Deputy Manager
  • Years of coaching experience? 31+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Men’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? High Bar
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Craig Heap
  • Career highlight? Coaching several national squad gymnasts
  • Fun fact? Enjoys session planning
Leigh – CNGA Office Manager
  • Years at CNGA? 13 years
  • Favourite Apparatus? Bars & Beam
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Olga Korbut
  • Career highlight? Receiving an ‘unsung hero of sport award’ which like most unsung heroes she doesn’t like to talk about
  • Fun fact? Has a brilliant sense of humour that people don’t usually get to see

Reception Staff

Clare – Receptionist
  • Years at CNGA? 13 Years
  • Gymnastics Discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Beam
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Beth Tweddle
  • Career highlight? Competing in Florida, USA
  • Fun fact? Used to play the violin
Gill – Receptionist
  • Years at CNGA? 5+ years
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Claudia Fragapane
  • Fun Fact? Loves ABBA but these days spends most of her time singing nursery rhymes for her grandchildren
Janet – Receptionist
  • Years at CNGA? 4+ years
  • Gymnastics discipline? Women’s Artistic & Pre-school
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Simone Biles
  • Career highlight? Winning a medal in her first competition
  • Fun fact? Has a dog called Daisy

Women’s Artistic Coaches

Amy – Women’s Artistic Coach & Head of Pre-School
  • Years of coaching experience? 4+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic & Pre-school
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Aliya Mustafina
  • Career highlight? International training camp in Denmark
  • Fun fact? ”I love food”
Angie – Women’s Artistic Coach & Board member
  • Years of coaching experience? 37+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite Apparatus? Beam
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Nadia Comaneci
  • Career highlight? 5 gymnasts representing region at the NDP’s
  • Fun fact? In the word’s of others ‘brings a bit of sparkle to the gym’
Beth – Women’s Artistic Volunteer & Pre-School Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 4+ years
  • Coaching discipline? General & Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Claudia Fragapane
  • Winning gold at the 2016 Northern Qualifiers
  • Was a diver at age 10
Clare – Women’s Artistic Coach & Pre-School Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 7+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic & Pre-school
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite succesful gymnast? Aly Raisman
  • Career highlight? Winning a bronze medal at the Rosebowl Championships
  • Fun fact? Has heart shaped veins on her wrist
Ella – Women’s Artistic Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 2+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite Apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Taeja James
  • Career highlight? Competing at the Disney Classic in Florida, USA
  • Fun fact? Has passed her Bronze & Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards
Glenn – Women’s Artistic Coach & Board Member
  • Years of coaching experience? 40+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic & Trampolining
  • Favourite apparatus? Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Olga Korbut
  • Career highlight? Full team of national champions
  • Fun fact? Hitchhiked with Led Zepplin
Judith – Head of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Years of coaching experience? 25+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic & Men’s Artistic
  • Favourite Apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Lilia Podkpayeva
  • Career highlight? National squad member for tumbling
  • Fun fact? has a twin brother
Kerry – Women’s Artistic Coach & Board Member
  • Years of coaching experience? 10+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Nadia Comaneci
  • Career highlight? National squad gymnast
  • Fun fact? Wanted to be a trapeze artist when she left school
Lindsey – Women’s Artistic Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 17+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic & General
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Aly Raisman
  • Career highlight? Coaching regional squad gymnasts
  • Fun fact? Collects Disney cups
Megan – Women’s Artistic & Pre-school Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 3+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic & Pre-School
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Shawn Johnson
  • Career highlight? Winning a gold medal at English Championships on Floor
  • Fun fact? Once fell through the springs of the trampoline
Vicki – Women’s Artistic Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 20+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Svetlana Khorkina
  • Career highlight? Receiving a CNGA Special Recognition Award
  • Fun fact? Loves prawns

Men’s Artistic Coaches

Jill – Head of Men’s Artistic Gymnastics & CNGA Deputy Manager
  • Years of coaching experience? 31+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Men’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? High Bar
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Craig Heap
  • Career highlight? Coaching several national squad gymnasts
  • Fun fact? Enjoys session planning
Misha – Men’s Artistic Coach & CNGA Technical Advisor
  • Years of coaching experience? 18+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Men’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? High Bar
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Alexei Nemov
  • Career highlight? Attending & training at Olympic School in Ukraine
  • Fun Fact? Circus Performer - High Bar (12m over ground)
Matthew - Men's Artistic Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 13+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Men's Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor and Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Kōhei Uchimura
  • Career highlight? Coach of British Aparatus Champion
  • Fun fact? Football Referee

Team Gym Coaches

Caity – Team Gym Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 3+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Simone Biles
  • Career highlight? Representing CNGA at the British Championships Gala in 2016
  • Fun fact? Is a competitive cheerleader
Chloe – Team Gym Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 3+ Years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Larisa Iordache
  • Career highlight? 2018 British Team Gym Champion
  • Fun fact? Has watched the first Harry Potter film so many times she can recite it word for word
Hannah – Team Gym Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 12+ Years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Nadia Comaneci
  • Career highlight? Having coached Bronze British Champions
  • Fun fact? Favourite food is chocolate
Jess – Team Gym Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 6+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Isabella Eineus
  • Career highlight? 2 time Great Britain gymnast
  • Fun fact? Is training to be a primary school teacher
Kelly – Team Gym Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 4+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Oksana Omelianchik
  • Career highlight? Primary challenge team qualifying for and competing at the British Championships
  • Fun fact? Is a black belt in kickboxing
Niamh – Team Gym Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 3+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Nile Wilson
  • Career highlight? Winning a gold medal at 2018 British Championships
  • Fun fact? Started at CNGA at age 5
Ruth – Team Gym Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 13+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Simone Biles
  • Career highlight? Receiving ‘Master Coach’ award
  • Fun fact? Loves melted mars bars
Sam – Team Gym Coach
  • Year of coaching experience? 17+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Isabella Eineus
  • Career highlight? Having coached silver & gold British Champions
  • Fun fact? Doesn’t eat fruit or vegetables
Scott – Team Gym Coach & Head of Recreational Gymnastics
  • Years of coaching experience? 13+ Years
  • Coaching discipline? Team Gym & Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Ludivine Furnon
  • Career highlight? Receiving ‘Master Coach’ award
  • Fun fact? Has a phobia of sharks

General Coaches

Hannah – General Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 13+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Shawn Johnson
  • Career highlight? Every time a gymnast overcomes a challenge
  • Fun fact? Is a former national cheer leading champion
Victoria – General Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 7+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s Artistic
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Beth Tweddle
  • Career highlight? Helping choreograph general gymnastics mass Christmas display every year
  • Fun fact? Knows Pi to 80 decimal places

MEET THE RECREATIONAL COACHING TEAM!

Scott - Head of Recreational Gymnastics
  • Years of coaching experience? 12 years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Team Gym
  • Other gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Ludivine Furnon
  • Career highlight? 2016 ‘Master Coach’ Award
  • Fun fact? Has a phobia of sharks
Aisling - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 9+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics discipline? Pre-School & Display gymnastics
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Shawn Johnson
  • Career highlight? Competed at World Cheerleading Championships representing Ireland

Amy - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 4+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics discipline? Team Gym & Pre-School
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Aliya Mustafina
  • Career highlight? International training camp in Denmark
  • Fun fact? I love food!

Beth - Recreational Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 4+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Team Gym
  • Other gymnastics discipline? General
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Claudia Fragapane
  • Career highlight? Winning gold at 2016 Northern Qualifiers
  • Fun fact? Was a driver at age 10
Beth - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 6+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Acrobatics
  • Other gymnastics discipline? Tumbling
  • Favourite apparatus? Beam
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Max Whitlock
  • Career highlight? British School Finals for Tumbling and Acrobatics
  • Fun fact? Has a pet Bearded Dragon

Caity - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 2+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Simone Biles
  • Career highlight? Representing CNGA at 2016 British Gala Showcase
  • Fun fact? I have been part of gymnastics for 13 Years

Chloe - Recreational Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 2+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Team Gym
  • Other gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Favourite apparatus? Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Larisa Iordache
  • Career highlight? 2018 British Team Gym Champion
  • Fun fact? Has watched the first Harry Potter film so many times she can recite it word for word!
Clare - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 7+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics discipline? Pre-School
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Aly Raisman
  • Career highlight? Winning a bronze medal at the Rosebowl Championships
  • Fun fact? Once got chalk on her face and her coach thought she had been eating it

Ella - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 2 years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Taeja James
  • Career highlight? Competing at the Disney Classic in Florida, USA
  • Fun fact? Has passed both her Bronze & Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Georgia - Recreational Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 5+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Tumbling
  • Favourite apparatus? Beam & Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Shawn Johnson
  • Career highlight? Having gymnasts compete FIG Development for Tumble in NDP'S
  • Fun fact? Is training to become a primary school teacher
Katherine - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 2+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor & Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Simone Biles
  • Career highlight? Coaching her first class
  • Fun fact? Failed her driving test 3 times!

Lisa - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 2 years & 7 Years as a volunteer
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics disciplines? Women's Artistic Judge
  • Favourite apparatus? Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Tasha Coates
  • Career highlight? Recipient of Newcastle Sports Unsung Hero Award
  • Fun fact? Is Ex-military and now a Primary teacher

Louise - Recreational Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 4+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics disciplines? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Vault
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Ellie Downie
  • Career highlight? Winning Vault at the Manchester Open
  • Fun fact? Loves Musicals
Megan - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 2+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics disciplines? Pre-School
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Shawn Johnson
  • Career highlight? Winning a gold medal on Floor at English Championships
  • Fun fact? Once fell through the springs of the trampoline

Nicola - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 10+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Favourite apparatus? Bars
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Nadia Comaneci
  • Career highlight? Receiving Newcastle Rising Star Award, being part of National Development Squad and competing in Russia
  • Fun fact? Whilst working at David Lloyd she asked Alan Shearer to take over at the toon, the next day he did!

Olivia - Recreational Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 6+ Months
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Trampette
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Kolbrun Thorradottir
  • Career highlight? 2x Great British gymnast
  • Fun fact? Has a staffie named Tinkerbell
Rachel - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 6+ years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics disciplines? Team Gym
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Simone Biles
  • Career highlight? Yorkshire Level 4 Champion
  • Fun fact? Studying Mechanical Engineering

Sarah - Recreational Coach

  • Years of coaching experience? 6+ Years
  • Primary gymnastics discipline? Women's
  • Other gymnastics disciplines? Cheerleading
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Shawn Johnson
  • Career highlight? Representing Ireland at Youth Olympic Games in Turkey
  • Fun fact?  Appeared on the CBBC programme Ultimate Sports Day

Sophie – General Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 3+ Years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s
  • Other gymnastics disciplines? General
  • Favourite apparatus? Floor
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Ellie Downie
  • Career highlight? Returning to gymnastics after a 3 year break
  • Fun fact? I love art. Drawing and painting especially!
Sue – General Coach
  • Years of coaching experience? 7+ years
  • Coaching discipline? Women’s
  • Favourite apparatus? Beam
  • Favourite successful gymnast? Beth Tweddle
  • Career highlight? Daughter competing for North of England
  • Fun fact? Licensed motorbike driver