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 O & A levels qualifications along with Business Management courses & a Business 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 3 grown up children, a wonderful husband and a gorgeous little grand daughter, Bella

I love being physically active, running, PT, Road biking and the odd triathlon when I get chance

Pam Green - Marketing Consultant & HR

Qualifications:  O Levels/CSEs and A levels … I think this really gives my age away!! At school I was always swimming and was part of the school swimming team and gained many swimming certificates including teaching qualification. I loved everything sport and also enjoyed playing hockey. I was also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh programme and achieved my Bronze Award.

I have been at Balance & Beam since March 14 and it is such a fun place to work. We have a fantastic team and every day is different, you hear something funny every day from one of our little members. It is wonderful and rewarding to see children who are fearful and shy blossom into confident little people with the help of our programme.

I enjoy going to the gym, for two reasons, firstly to keep me as healthy as possible and secondly so I can enjoy coffee and cake at the weekend!!. I also love spending time with my little granddaughter, Violet


Elly Martin - Team Leader & Child Development Instructor

I have always loved sport and been involved since a very young age. I took part in Trampoline classes for 7 years and was a member of Stoke Athletics Club competing in Sprint & 800m. Whilst in High School I completed a Sports Leader Qualification and a Level 1 & 2 qualification is Athletics Coaching.

I have also done Emergency First Aid and Level 3 in both Customer Service & Business Management.

I started working at Balance & Beam in September 2013 part time whilst I was at College and started full time in September 2015.

When I’m not at Balance & Beam, I enjoy going to the gym and finding new challenges such as Mud Runs and Extreme Obstacle Courses or 13,000ft sky dives!

Tayshan Dowe - Level One Gymnastics & Child Development Coach

Qualifications I have achieved since beginning coaching in 2014 include: Proficiency Award Scheme Coaching, Safeguarding and Emergency First Aid. I am also a Club Level Judge. I got into gymnastics over 10 years ago. When I trained, I competed as an elite rhythmic gymnast; I then went onto coaching 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! 

When I'm not at work, I enjoy going to the gym. My friends and I go skateboarding and also enjoy finding new places to go on adventures like nature reserves and woodlands.

Charlotte Cartwright - Gymnastics & Child Development Instructor

I left school and college with the following qualifications
Grade B in GCSE P.E , Drama, Merit in GCSE Dance & Distinction* in A-Level Sport and now looking forward to studying Sociology & Criminology at Staffs University

I have worked at Balance & Beam for over 2 years, 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 get to meet new children all the time and help them to develop socially & emotionally as well as ensuring they're having fun!

I am very sporty and active so I enjoy training and playing for my netball team which I have done for 7 years.
I also enjoy going to dance classes every week. Before dancing, I was in a Gymnastics Squad for 8 years, competing for Stoke on Trent.

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

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 18 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 1st year of college studying an art course in Murcia, Spain and I'm really looking forward to spending more time at Balance & Beam.  I think it is going to be great experience and will inspire 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 one and a half years now. I’m currently in my last year of high school and hoping to do an apprenticeship in sports coaching when I finish. 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.


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