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!

Lessetta Cooper - Level One Gymnastics & Child Development Coach

I have always loved gymnastics and trampolining and I achieved my Level 1 Woman's Artistic Gymnastics qualification in 2015 and I am currently working towards my Level 2 qualification - my final exam is next April. I am also a qualified Teaching Assistant which I find really useful whist teaching the younger children.

I am a trampoline judge and have completed my Level 2 certificate in Customer Services and just renewed my emergency First aid course. 

I started working at Balance & Beam in February 2014 and after a short break returned at the end of 2015 year.

When I'm not at the gym I enjoy being a mum to my 4 year old daughter, Isla and I still enjoy adult gymnastics classes

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.

Georgia Jenkinson - Level One Gymnastics & Child Development Coach

I achieved my Level 1 coaching award in general gymnastics in 2011 after getting into coaching competitive and non-competitive in 2010 and doing gymnastics myself for over 10 years. I am currently working towards my Level 2 qualification in Customer Services and have also recently completed my Paediatric First Aid course and looking towards completing my Level 2 Women's Artistic Gymnastics award some time in the near future.

I have worked at Balance & Beam since November 2015. I love being able to see the development in the children that come to the gym. Since working here I have learnt a variety of new and different skills and widened my knowledge.

When not having fun at work, I enjoy going to the gym and taking part in adult gymnastics classes. I also use my free time to catch up with family and friends.

Charlotte Cartwright - Part Time Gymnastics 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 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 - Part Time 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 a year 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 & Part Time Gymnastics Assistant

I’m 17 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

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