Coaches

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. Heather oversees the whole club and its sessions, organises the yearly plan together with the team, 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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Jones – Coach

Has a level 1 in Sports Acro, she runs her squad on a Friday evening, we can’t wait for her to expand this fun team building discipline to produce show stopping routines to music for boys and girls.

 

 

 

 

Karina Brandina – Coach

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sadie Fletcher – Coach

Sadie is very happy to have joined the wonderful Worthing Team. Coming from a successful background herself in both gymnastics and dance, and following an extensive professional dance career, Sadie has always been involved with teaching children in all disciplines of dance, gymnastics, and martial arts. She brings all her experience enthusiasm and passion for these vocations to her coaching.


Sadie is a British Gymnastics Level 1 Coach in general gymnastics and looks forward to developing her coaching skills further with WGC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rafe Brooks – Coach

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 – Leadership Academy Graduates

Our 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.

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTARY COACHES

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!

Josy Stoker

With 3 of her children already keen gymnasts Josy is all too aware of the commitment needed both by the gymnasts and their parents. She is on hand to support parents with any questions they may have and additionally and new and/or existing gymnasts that may need additional support.

Emma Dewy – Pre school Rising 5’s

Ju Ferris – Men’s gymnastics

Pete Pearson – Boys Development