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 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 have a wonderful husband, who is an avid road cyclist, 3 grown up children, Elliott, owner of Boom Battlebar,  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, 4 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

This is a great job for me as I have always been 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 husband Phil. 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 2014 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.


Rachel Askey - Programme Manager


I have been involved in gymnastics since the age of 5 and have competed for club, county and region. I keep myself active taking part in adult gymnastics, running and mountain biking.

I love teaching children and I have taught PE in primary and secondary schools for the last 15 years and have also coached gymnastics.  I love interacting with young people and watching them develop. It is brilliant to see children developing new skills and having so much fun.

I’m so excited to be working at Balance & Beam 


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 completed my Level 1 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics qualification and looking to start my Level 2 once I have finished Uni.

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 

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 am studying at college and get to have fun in the gym in the evenings and weekends. 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 am 'the best' male instructor in the Balance & Beam Team (yeah, I'm the only one) & I love 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.



Francesca Reading - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

I'm 18 years old and I have done gymnastics for the entirety of my life and competed competitively till I was 16. Sport has always been a big factor in my life as I enjoy staying active!

Working here at Balance & Beam has enabled me to develop new skills and confidence but most of all I enjoy being able to watch our little gymnasts grow 

Lauren Anderson - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

Hi my name is Lauren and I used to be a gymnast. The floor was my favourite piece of equipment because I absolutely loved to tumble. I also went on to do athletics and represented the West Midlands. I have always been a very sporty kid and have always gotten involved with sports clubs in and out of school. The Gym is one of my favourite places to be!

I am currently at Stoke Sixth Form College where I am studying Maths, Chemistry and Biology ( not the easiest subjects I know!). I am hoping to one day become a doctor in the A&E department, and one day become a consultant.

I started at Balance & Beam in September 2020 and I already know it’s a great job for me. I love helping all the children have fun and improve and I’m looking forward to my future here!

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