Welcome to Balance & Beam offering a gymnastics-based child development programme for children from 4 months to 12 years. Situated on Festival Park, next door to Waterworld we are in our 12th year and going from strength to strength. We have a wealth of experience building confidence and self esteem in children of all ages through our child development programme and have well over 500 children coming to classes on a weekly basis.
Using imagination, creativity, themed lesson plans and extremely motivating & encouraging instructors, children thrive in our non threatening purpose-built gym and with small class sizes, children receive individual attention and skill progressions develop week by week over the course of a term.
Free trials are conducted during our regular classes so that you can experience exactly what we have to offer. They are completely no obligation and our members tell us this really helped when making their decision.Book my FREE trial
Please click on the links below - Have Fun!!Join Yvonne for her PE Workout / Facebook LIVE video from 12th May (30 mins)Partner BalancesHave a go at these great balances with Charlotte & her little brother...watch out for the Bloopers at the end!Grace's Jumps & Leaps - Take a look at some of the various jumps and leaps you can do. Once you've got the hang of them try them in a stright line as if you were on a narrow beam. You could put a chalk line on the ground or put a thin towel down to 'balance' onCharlotte & Grace's Balancing ActsIt's All About the boys!Luke's Handstand Tutorial - Learn how to do a proper handstand with Luke's adviceLuke's Handstand TutorialParent/Child Stick Activity - Have some fun with your little ones trying our stick activityParent/Child Sticks Movement ChallengeAlphabet Challenge - Click on the link below to see our full A - Z challenge then try spell out your name, or your mum or dad's name or days of the week....there's no end to the words you can spell!!Yvonne's Alphabet ChallengeTeam Work TuesdaysHave fun with our obstacle challenge ideasParent/Child Donkey Kick - This is a very beginner handstand for very little people - try it in the safety of your own home or gardenParent/Child Donkey KickHoola Hoop Movement Challenge - Great fine motor skill development for the fingers rolling and twirling the hoopHoola Hoop Movement ChallengeGet ready for Charlotte's Stretching SessionCharlotte's Stretch VideoHow To Do A Backward Roll & Some Conditioning from LukeWatch Luke's excellent video. Make sure you work your way through the various steps have a nice soft surface to protect your neck....don't try any activity until you are ready...we want you guys to stay safe!!How To Do A Backward RollHow to do a BridgeTry this great Max Whitlock WorkoutMax Whitlock WorkoutToddler Challenge - Overhead Backward Throw Overhead Backward ThrowFrog BalanceTry This Frog Balance - It's one of the BG Badge SkillsMonkey Jump (Beginner Cartwheel) Learn how to do a cartwheel for very little peopleCartwheel DemoWatch Luke & Grace demonstrating cartwheelsHeadstand DemoLearn How to do an amazing Headstand with Charlotte & brother, Jake - Followed by a Shoulder Stand!Pirate Warm Up 'LIVE'https://www.facebook.com/BalanceAndBeam/videos/593...
Dear MembersWe’re very excited to tell you that we are becoming ‘virtual’, yes indeedy, you read that correctly and over these next few weeks we will be adding activities to our Facebook, Instagram & website pagesSo from Monday, 6th April we will be showing you some great ideas to help inspire your little people into getting more active but it’s not just for them, we want you all to participate and have lots of fun too!Here’s what to look out for: We will introduce our weekly ‘theme of the week’ along with Monday’s skill We will post our daily activity for you to try each day We will post some ‘how to’ videos We will upload a weekly Movement Challenges for you to try in your own home or gardenWe want to give you a range of activities that not only help the physical skills but also work on fine and gross motor skills, balance & co-ordinationSo the days will look like this:Monday: Get Movin Monday – Start the week off as you mean to go on with a specific skill of the week to work on all weekTuesday: Teamwork Tuesday – Family Obstacle ChallengeWednesday: Workout Wednesday – This could be Plank Challenge work out, flossing, Abs challenge, Bring Sally Up…you get the idea – a challenge for the whole familyThursday: Throwing Thursday – We will be working on a different throwing &/or catching activity of the week to work onFriday: Freeze Friday – Will be static shapes or stretches to work on balancing techniquesSaturday: Share Your Skill Saturday - We’d love you to share your workout challenges with us on our page so make sure you video yourselves every now and again Sunday: Funday Sunday – Show us what other FUN things you have been up to over the week. Remember we are one BIG Family at Balance & Beam! Why not tag your friends in or even let grannie & gramps see how you are, I know it can be lonely for them right now and it would make their day to see their little peopleI have to say we’re a little bit nervous at getting this off the ground but hopefully we’ll get better as the weeks progressDon’t forget to check our Facebook page at 9.00am Monday morning for your weekly theme and challenge of the day and then we’ll post at 9.00am every dayJust one final little bit… We do take health & safety very seriously at the gym, so in our ‘virtual gym’ you will need to make sure you take care when you’re practicing these skills in and around the house and garden so….Remember, we want all you guys to stay safe and well. Please make sure that you have enough space around you to do the activities safely. DON’T try anything that you don’t feel able to do. Parents, this is a BIG one for you, please remember that most of you are not ‘coaches’ so don’t get the kids to try triple flips or back somersaults (it’s not safe OK). Get the kids to know & understand their own limitations. Start small and grow – that’s the Balance & Beam way!. These activities are meant to be FUN challenges!
We’re All in This TogetherThe health and wellbeing of everyone here at Balance & Beam is very important to me as my team IS my business and I couldn’t do it without them. We continue to keep in touch by email and video link. You too are extremely important to us here and we miss each and every one of you and hope you and all your families are all staying safe and well during these difficult and unprecedented times.We can’t wait until we can see you all again. Take Care Of One AnotherThe Government has called on a collective effort to beat this dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) and together we will! During this time, please be reassured that all your classes have been suspended and we will pick up where we left off just as soon as we can, which will probably mean extending the term and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that we bring back normality, structure, routine, energy and lots of physical fun once we’re back.We appreciate your continued support during this period.Watch This Space!It seems the whole World has joined together to bring exciting, innovative & imaginative things online which is absolutely amazing and I wanted to let you know that I am busy working behind the scenes looking at ways that we too can help to keep all of you in our thoughts and Balance & Beam in yours, so I will be in touch by email / Facebook / Instagram soon with our virtual plans.We’re Here For You!In the meantime, if you’d like to share any of your little person’s special talents on our Facebook page then we’d love to see them, as we will keep our social media channels updated. And just so you know, our email is constantly monitored if you need to connect.Please take care, stay safe and let’s think of each other.Yvonne x
“What a wonderful 1st birthday party we had today, thank you so much for making it a very special day for our little boy. All the parents & children had a great interactive session and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Lucie & Mike, mummy & daddy to Dexter”
“I just wanted to send in a testimonial for Setta for the Sunday advanced class. She does a superb job of the class every week and makes a big effort to give them a fully rounded gymnastics class - giving all the class their own routine is the icing of that cake. What I wanted to point out was how she is genuinely engaged with the kids to the point where it is clear how happy the children learning and improving makes her. It's lovely to see and I'm glad that my daughter gets such a pleasant, capable and committed coach each week. Rob, Dad to Emmy S (Aged 9 years) ”
“For me balance and beam is now one of four core elements of care / socialisation for a toddler in their early stages. Exercise, strength and learning things in a class environment & out school clubs all obvious extra bonuses.”
“Just a quick note to say thank you for all that you do at balance & beam, Thanks for the lovely bond you’ve all built with K & us as a family, For the time & effort you put into developing your children through the well thought out themes which you explain thoroughly in class, Keeping the Facebook page fun & exciting with birthdays & star of the week, The end of term certificates that we keep & the stickers you give which mostly get squashed or chewed but are very welcome, For your newsletters so we know exactly what’s happening & for all the other activities you make possible that we’ll look forward to joining in with as K grows, I can’t wait to have a birthday party with you! Thanks for always being so caring & asking how we are & for being so accommodating with our classes on weeks when K hasn’t been too well over the winter, Your skills at knowing how to safely encourage our little girl when she was just 4 months old & started coming to class have been so enriching for her, We’re very proud to be a part of balance & beam, thanks for facilitating such a fabulous skill locally, “Thank you ladybirds” ”
“Would like to say a HUGE thank you for Macy's birthday party on Sunday, Mel and Ellie are a credit to Balance & Beam, so welcoming and organised, and generally lovely girls, really kept the children engaged, all the children had a lovely time and were asking their parents if they could come again, all the parents were impressed how lovely the gym was and just how fab the instructors were. Macy loved every minute, best party ever, so thank you again, especially to your lovely girls Mel and Ellie xx”
“Just wanted to share with you this video of Edith conquering her fear this week and say a massive thank you, because it’s all down to your hard work and dedication. I know this doesn’t look like much, but believe it or not this tiny little beam is the root of all her fear! She had a nasty slip on it about a year ago and bust her lip, and since then has been scared of anything even remotely beam-like. Coming to gym has done wonders for her confidence and every single day she gets more and more adventurous when we are at the playground or even just messing about in the garden. Tackling the “original” beam at forest school this week is a huge thing for Edie and just goes to show how much her confidence has improved. Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done for her. The progress she has made makes a difference to her every day ”
“This was one of the most relaxing parties I’ve had. From a parent’s viewpoint, it's such a simple party to organise....and from the party girl’s viewpoint.....'epic party again Mum, even better than last year’s!”
“My daughter Freya regularly attends camps in the school holidays. She really enjoys the wide range of activities. The camps feature time in the gym as well as some fun crafty time. As a parent I know that I am leaving Freya in a safe, supportive and engaging learning environment and when she is picked up she is already looking forward to her next camp”
“Just a quick note to say how great I thought the class was last night - a whole world away from the last gymnastics class he did. Really good fun and a great variety of activities - I was amazed that he was doing the running/jumping forward rolls after a couple of attempts. He also really enjoyed it - he's not normally the most enthusiastic but he was talking about it all the way home after class and telling his friends the following morning on the walk in to school ”
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the best ever party. I didn't have to do anything at all, it was so stress free and the girls in the gym were amazing. We'll certainly be back next year”
“I just wanted to email you and say a huge THANK YOU.- For listening to mine and my daughter’s concerns and for suggesting ways to help, and WOW did it help. To see her little face in class and others too, smiling and laughing & enjoying what they were doing. As her Mum I knew I needed to and trusted you enough to be able to talk to you. You proved me right, by listening, taking on board my concerns and changing things slightly to help my daughter I know to each and every parent, their child is special and they are the only thing that matters at that point, whereas you have hundreds of children to think of. Again, you embrace each and every child and this is unique and special. A well-deserved thank you and I’m proud to be part of the Balance & Beam Family”
“I've been coming to camps for 5 years and love spending time in the gym. My little sister Phoebe comes with me now so we have even more fun together”
“Thanks so much for making our birthday party so much fun yet again. This was Mollie's 4th Birthday party here and again all the staff were wonderful. Thanks so much to Yvonne & the team!!”