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
My Name is Pam & I’ve been here since March 2014.
it’s been amazing to see the business grow so much in this time and I feel very proud to have been part of this growth. I have worked in marketing for most of my working life and marketing Balance & Beam has been amazing. Seeing so many children enrol into our programme and develop in both
confidence and ability is a real privilege. I’ve also met some lovely parents along the way.
I enjoy fitness & sport so joining Balance & Beam has been great fun. I enjoy going to the gym which I do regularly with my lovely husband Phil. I also love walking & we try and go for a walk every evening. We have 2 grown up
children and I also have a beautiful little granddaughter, Violet Dolly who is so much fun to be around and I love to spoil her.
Charlotte Cartwright - Head Gymnastics Coach
Hi, I’m Charlotte & I am 22 years old. I’m an ex gymnast who represented City of Stoke’s gymnastics squad in the West Midlands regional competitions for 9 years.
I have worked at Balance & Beam for 6 years and I absolutely love being a member of the team as it is great to see all the children enjoying themselves and having fun. I have recently started working full time here and have completed my Level 1 Award in coaching Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
Working at Balance & Beam is extremely rewarding & enables me to use my gymnastics experience when teaching children and help them to develop different skills as well as giving them encouragement to try new things.
Lauren Gorton - Head of Parties & Events
Hi, my name is Lauren! I started working for the amazing Balance & Beam team in September 2016 and I’ve loved every minute of it! I’ve always known I wanted to work with children and being a big kid myself, this job seemed like the perfect fit!
It’s been wonderful to see so many little people (and maybe even not-so-little people) grow, learn and develop through gymnastics over the years, I started coaching when I was 17 and have also hosted lots of our wonderful Balance & Beam birthday parties (if I do say so myself!)
I look forward to meeting many more little people as we welcome you to our Balance & Beam family!
Rebekah Challinor - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor
Hi, my name is Bekah and I am 16 years old. I have been a gymnast and dancer for the entirety of my life and I attended classes at Balance & Beam until I was 9. Afterwards, I continued to attend gymnastics classes and won medals in competitions. I've just started my first year of college, studying law, criminology and dance. I hope to go to university where I will study criminology further.
I really enjoy working at Balance & Beam because I can watch Young gymnasts progress their skills and it allows me to use my experience of gymnastics to help children to have an enjoyable and fun time in the gym
Abbie Johnson - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor
Hi, my name is Abbie and I’m 17 years old. I have taken part in competitive gymnastics since I was 7 years old, representing Uttoxeter Gymnastics Club and also Staffordshire in county competitions.
I am currently studying my A-Levels at college and I’m hoping to go to University to become a qualified PE teacher in the future.
Gymnastics is my passion and I have loved watching and competing in it for many years. Working at Balance & Beam has only made my love for the sport grow stronger as I am helping to teach and inspire many young gymnasts whilst also having lots of fun.
Niamh Boyle - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor
Hi, I’m Niamh and I’m 16 years old. I am currently a Team England AA Cheerleader with Momentum Cheer and will be representing our country in the ICU worlds in Florida. Despite being a cheerleader I have always had a background in gymnastics and dance my whole life.
I’m a student at Stoke on Trent sixth form college and have loved starting to fit Balance & Beam into my schedule! Working here is so much fun and it’s such a welcoming and friendly environment.
I’m aiming to be a physiotherapist when I’m older, so hopefully the opportunity to work here will be really helpful to me in the future.
Jo Walley - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor
Hi, I’m Jo and I’m an ex-gymnast who represented Blythe Sports Acro in regional and national level acrobatics competitions.
It’s been quite a few years since I did gymnastics, but I always do a cartwheel whenever I’m on the beach and I love to keep fit and active - I run 5k most days and do other physical activities when I can.
I’m a life coach who helps people figure out what they’d like more of in their life and what they can do to enjoy their life even more. I love to work with people to help them shine.
I’m a qualified gymnastics coach who helps people learn new skills and build confidence, all whilst having fun!
Libbie Gorton - Party Host
Hi, my name is Libbie and I started working here when I was 14 years old. I have been a part of the lovely Balance & Beam team since 2021 and I've enjoyed every moment of it!
If you have a party here at the gym then you’ll most probably see me then !
I have loved gymnastics since I was 4 years old and I started off my journey right here at Balance & Beam.
Now I am a member of North Staffordshire's Tumbling Squad.
In my spare time and when I’m not at school I like to listen to music and do arts and crafts.
When I leave school I'd like to carry on working full-time in gymnastics
Beth Wells - Social Media & Digital Trainee
Hi, my name is Beth, I’m 21 years old and I’m in charge of the social media accounts and digital marketing a the gym.
Whilst I don't have a gymnastics background like our fantastic instructors, I’ve always enjoyed sports and PE since I was young and love getting to watch all the classes that take place here.
I have A-Levels in Business, Sociology, and Media, as well as a certificate of higher education for Media, Communications & Creative Practice which I studied briefly at Keele University.
I also enjoy digital illustration and graphic design which I like to practice in my free time.
“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 ”
“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”
“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!!”
“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”
“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” ”
“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 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 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) ”
“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 ”
“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”
“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!”
“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”