Although Sam did partake in lots of gymnastics when she was younger her chosen sport was as a trampolinist and a swimmer. She discovered a real love for gym when after having three boys that climbed up door frames and taught themselves to backflip from the sofa, she signed them up at the local gymnastics centre. She started to help out in classes, and within a couple of years took exams to become a fully qualified coach and then after further training became the Head of the Pre School unit.
Having spent 7 years coaching, Sam wanted all children within schools to have the opportunity to partake in gym classes learning skills they would learn if they were in a gymnastics centre. She truly believes that every child deserves the best so she set up ‘the little gymnastics company’ – a mobile gymnastics club that brings quality accessible lessons into schools.
Sam and her team now teach breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs in 18 local schools and she also teaches gymnastics in curriculum PE lessons backed by the recent government sports funding.
Sam believes one of her biggest strengths as a coach is having children that are gymnasts. She understands the frustrations and upsets that sometimes come a gymnasts way, and being the Mum of Freddie, our local GB tumbler and two other boys that have been high level gymnasts, she can understand and empathise with the amount of time, money and dedication the sport sometimes demands.
Sam is obviously really proud of all that her three boys have achieved as gymnasts, but is just as proud of the children that she teaches.