All our coaches have been police-checked and hold DBS certificates, formally known as CRBs. All hold British Gymnastics (BG) qualifications, or are working towards them under the supervision of a fully qualified coach. All members of the coaching team have been trained in emergency first aid, have attended and passed child protection courses and remain committed to the important principles of child protection, welfare and equity in their coaching.
Heather Sampford – Head Coach
|Heather is the founder of Worthing Gymnastics Club and has been Head Coach since its inception in 2011. With almost 20 years’ experience in gymnastics she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.Heather oversees the whole club and its sessions, organises the yearly plan together with Gemma, and gives guidance to Junior Coaches in all areas of their roles.She also oversees Men’s Artistic and training with a keen eye as this is where her expertise lies.
British Gymnastics Qualifications: Level 3 General Gymnastics – Level 2 Men’s Artistic, Pre-School and Trampolining Add on Module: Fun 4 Baby – Freestyle
Gemma Bland – Assistant Head Coach
|Gemma is one of the club’s core coaches, Gemma is a well experienced coach within the WGC team who has helped the club to become what it is today and a fantastic, fun, and focused coach.
Gemma heads up many of our club’s events. The years calendar includes Broadwater Carnival, FKA ‘fire station open day’, The Elderflower Festival and our in house annual club competition. She also helps to plan, choreograph and run WGCs spectacular Christmas Display and Annual Club Awards.
British Gymnastics Qualifications: Level 2 General Gymnastics – Level 2 Freestyle – Floor & Vault Judge.
Brings fun, energy and bundles of enthusiasm to her general gymnastics sessions. She is keen to support the girls in a floor and vault programme and offers competition opportunities. She is dynamic and gets the gymnasts to achieve at their level at every session.
L 1 GFA Gymnastics qualification.
Has extensive knowledge in dance and choreography and was a national rhythmic gymnast in her county of Latvia. We welcome her and the opportunities she brings to expand our menu of gymnastic disciplines and activities especially for our girls. She has a keen interest in sports acrobatics as well, we can’t wait to expand our programme in September to accommodate her new programmes.
Is taking her level 1 in Sports Acro, we can’t wait for her to expand this fun team building discipline to produce show stopping routines to music for boys and girls.
Rafe Brooks has made a big impact with our boys as a Coach and Mentor to our Men’s Artistic Squad. A Talented Gymnast himself, Ex MAG National Rafe is helping to inspire and produce the next generation of competitive 6 piece gymnasts!
Megan Villis, Leilani Mason and Joesph O’Reilly:
Our newly qualified L1 GFA coaches Megan, Leilani and Joesph are working with our development girls and boys, producing new and exciting programmes. They are enthusiastic creative and hardworking coaches and strive to provide a safe and fun environment for all gymnasts to engage in the sport that they love.
First one in and last one out, Kai is a key member of our club coaching all ages and abilities in every session we run, connecting with both Gymnasts and their Guardians helping to keep a real community spirit about the club. Outside of the Gym Kai heads up our digital marketing campaigns and looks after our website while assisting our admin team.
Most of our wonderful voluntary coaches are ex gymnasts from many years ago or have experience in other sports they are all parents of our amazing boys and girls in our club. We couldn’t operate with out their support!
Emma Dewy – `pre school Rising 5’s
Ju Ferris – Men’s gymnastics
Pete Pearson – Boys Development
Leadership Academy Coaches:
With our young adults free runners and gymnasts already an inspiration to our club members, these boys and girls have taken the next step, either assisting in coaching, being involved in day to day running of the club as well as helping at events and competitions. They all play an important role in transforming the future of WGC, by passing on their knowledge experience, mentoring younger members and assisting in club development roles.
Our next generation of leadership coaches are making a real impact on the club and looking to take their first Level in coaching, U16 – 11+ : Jacob Tidley, Joshua Cridland, Zander Pearson, Zak Lawrence, Fynlay and Oscar Rolfe.
The Leadership Academy Programme, continues to make headway and encourages sustainability and a sense of ownership. A special mention to our Leadership girls.
U16 – 11+ : Galatee Oger-Libor, Lucy Gould.
Our leadership team is invaluable to our club and lots of fun! Keep up the good work girls and boys.
Hannah Ferris – Competition Secretary
|Hannah has three children, two who are members of WGC. She is your first point of contact for all things competition related, including club kit. She is also a valuable volunteer and organises our fundraisers at all our events and displays. You can contact her on email@example.com|
Katherine Lawrie – Funding & Sponsorship Manager
|Katherine has two sons. Her youngest, Joseph, has been a member of WGC since its inception and is now coaching and training to be a L1 Coach. She heads up the fantastic group of parents and friends who organise the wonderful fundraising and events and all the hard work behind the scenes. She is also one of the main points of contact for funding and grant bids. Half of our equipment would not be here without the hard work she puts into writing bid and grant proposals. Please contact Katherine with any funding ideas on firstname.lastname@example.org|
Alex Walter – Welfare Officer
|Alex Walter has three children, two of which attend WGC. He is a specialist paramedic in urgent and primary care, working for the out of hours GP service here in Worthing. He is also the Resuscitation Officer for the local community NHS Trust and teaches first aid to local school staff and parents.
He has been involved with young people, ever since he was one himself! Previously he has been the chairman of a local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Committee
Alex believes that we need to encourage our children to take more exercise than they do and to instil a sense of discipline that will enable them to tackle today’s world in a more confident yet caring and healthy way.
He will be available at some classes throughout each week, although please feel free to ask to meet him in person and he will attend any class that he can.
You can also contact him about anything regarding the welfare of our young gymnasts, including health related matters. It is usually best to contact him via e-mail – email@example.com – or give any of the coaches your number and they will contact him to call you.