Meet the Team

Yvonne Shuttleworth - Owner

Most of my previous career history was office based until 2006 when I took the plunge to open my own business, firstly as a 'The Little Gym' franchise and then in 2010 re-branding as Balance & Beam Gymnastics.  We now have over 500 children attending classes on a weekly basis so literally thousands have come through the doors since we opened and it's a real privilege to have been part of their lives.

I have various High School qualifications including A levels, Child Psychology, Childcare Learning & Development Level 3, including the importance of play along with Business Management courses & a Business Mentor/Coach to back me up and of course a love of gymnastics and getting little people into a physical environment from a very early age.

I am also co-owner of Flip Out Stone & Chester

I have a wonderful husband, who is an avid road cyclist, 3 grown up children, Elliott, owner of Jordan, owner of Capacity Functional Fitness in Eccleshall. Holly, a Junior Litigation Executive and CILEX at a Solicitors in Manchester and a gorgeous little grand daughter, Bella, 3 in September who has been coming to classes here since she was 4 months old.  

I love being physically active and being 'functionally fit' courtesy of Capacity FF,  running, road biking and the odd triathlon when I get chance.

Pam Green - Marketing Consultant & HR

Qualifications O Levels and A Levels

I have always enjoyed being active. At school I was part of the swimming team gaining many certificates including teaching qualifications. I loved anything sport and was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh programme and achieved my Bronze Award.

I still enjoy going to the gym which I do regularly with my lovely hubby. I also love walking and we try and go for a walk every evening. Getting away from TV, mobile phones and IPads and just having a catch-up. We have two grown up children and a beautiful little granddaughter, Violet Dolly who I love to spoil

I joined the Balance & Beam team in March 14 to help Yvonne spread the Balance & Beam word and can honestly say I enjoy every minute of my working day. It is such an amazing positive place to work. We have lots of laughs at some of the funny things your little people say and do and seeing our little members develop and blossom week by week is so rewarding and testament to our fantastic programme. My mission is to help get as many children as possible Cartwheeling into a Happy healthy Life

Elly Martin - Team Leader & Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

Hi! I’m Elly and I have been a part of the Balance & Beam Team since September 2013 and I have loved every minute! 

During my school years, I was a part of as many sports teams as possible and enjoyed competed in a variety of competitions to represent my school. I volunteered as an Athletics Coach & Trampoline Coach and gained lots of experience and qualifications including Level 1 & 2 Athletics Coach working with little people which led me to Balance & Beam.

Since leaving college, I am continuing my education here and completing courses such as Child Development, Customer Services and Business Management. I am a regular gym goer and love extreme challenges such as extreme obstacle courses, mud runs and skydives from 13,000 ft!

I love helping all our members, children and parents, gain confidence in the gym and gain a love of gymnastics & sport!

It is great being a part of such a fantastic team at Balance & Beam Gymnastics! 

Tayshan Dowe - Level One Gymnastics & Child Development Coach

Qualifications I have achieved since beginning coaching in 2014 include: Level 1 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Proficiency Award Scheme Coaching, Club Level Judging, Safeguarding and Emergency First Aid. I started gymnastics at the age of 7, first at a recreational level, and then in an artistic development squad before going onto compete as an elite rhythmic gymnast. Once I retired from training, I went onto coach both competitive and non-competitive gymnastics as well as judging competitions.

I started working part-time at Balance & Beam in 2014 before leaving to pursue other opportunities. I then returned in October 2016 to work here full time! I love that coaching gives me the opportunity to share my skills with little people. It’s so rewarding to see children meet their own personal little milestones and love gymnastics as much as I do!

Charlotte Cartwright - Gymnastics & Child Development Instructor

I have worked at Balance & Beam since October 2015, enjoying every moment of it. It's been amazing for me to see so many children develop in so many different ways and me being a part of that feels great. I also love my job as I always get to meet new children and help them to develop socially & emotionally as well as ensuring they're having fun!

After leaving school and college with a variety of dance, drama and sporting qualifications, I am now continuing my education studying a Sociology & Criminology degree at Staffordshire University.

I am currently completing my Level 1 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics qualification.

I am very sporty and active! I trained and competed for a netball team for 7 years.
I also have a passion for dance and attend dance classes every week. Before dancing, I competed for City of Stoke Gymnastics Squad in the West Midlands Regional Competitions and for trained for 9 years.

I really enjoy working at Balance & Beam as it has enabled me to use all my sporting skills to help children develop their motor and gymnastics skills.

Lauren Gorton - Child Development Instructor - EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (APRIL 2019)

Before working here at Balance and Beam, throughout my school years, I had been a part of various sports teams, aiming to give something new a shot every year, including running, hockey and cheerleading, amongst other activities. After leaving school, I continued to stay active and when the opportunity to work for Balance & Beam arose, I couldn't wait to join the team. 

I have worked at Balance & Beam for 2 years now, and I have loved every second of it! Working here is amazingly rewarding to see so many little people grow, blossom and develop! And, as well as seeing so many little people develop, the job has certainly helped me in my own personal development, making a better me. I'll always be proud to say that I have been a part of Team B&B!

In my spare time, I enjoy spending lots of time outdoors with friends (if the weather allows us, of course). I also spend time with my family and enjoy staying active by running or going for walks. Aside from this, I have a passion for reading a good book and doing anything creative!

Sofia De Caso -  Party Host

I’m 19 years old and used to come to Balance & Beam when I was only 6 years old and I remember it being one of the best things I ever did! I no longer do gymnastics but love sport and I'm so glad to be back here and, working with the children is exciting, fun and very rewarding, the best thing is seeing them really enjoy themselves! 

I have just finished my 2nd year of college, my first year was studying an art course in Murcia, Spain and I'm really looking forward to spending more time at Balance & Beam.  It's a great experience and inspires me regarding what I would like to do in the future

Phoebe De Caso - Child Development Instructor &Party Host

I’m 16 years old and have been working at Balance & Beam for around a year and a half now. I’m just finishing my GCSEs..I have done gymnastics for a long time and was even a member here personally when I was 4. 

I really enjoy teaching here and socialising with little people. I find it very satisfying to watch the children grow & develop and build their confidence in class.

Working here has really developed my personal skills and confidence too and I’m really excited to work with children and being a part of their early years development

Luke Greathead - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

I have recently joined the team here at Balance & Beam and I'm loving every minute of it.

I moved into the area when I began to study History and Politics at Keele University. When this job came up it was perfect for me. I have been doing gymnastics for as long as I can remember and when I was 14 I began to volunteer as a coach for my local gymnastics club. 

Working with children of all abilities and seeing them develop as a person and as a gymnast is very rewarding and one of the best parts of this job.

Unfortunately, I'm only here term times so don't get to see you all the time.

Bleu Monrose - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

Hello, my name is Bleu and I am the newest member of the fantastic Balance & Beam instructor’s team. I first became interested in gymnastics through watching The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, I had been a fan since I was 2 or 3 years old. All the somersaults they would do was exhilarating to me and I wanted to do what they could do, so when I was 8 years old I started to teach myself how to do flips and tricks and I started to feel really cool. When I was 13 I was offered a scholarship to train in martial arts and have won a few competitions.

Within 2 years of me training, I started teaching adults and then children soon after this. I discovered Tricking and Martial Gymnastics and have also competed in this too.

Before I moved to Stoke, I was an Instructor at The Little Gym in Cobham which is how Balance & Beam came about and I found I have a passion for teaching & I absolutely love what I do because I get to make a positive impact on children and also I get to act really silly, ha ha!!

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