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.
Jim Charlesworth - General Manager
Hi, my name is Jim and I am the General Manager here at Balance & Beam.
I have worked in the fitness industry for 15 years and have a background of Personal Training and nutrition. I have two years’ experience of teaching KS1 and KS2 primary school P.E, children’s fitness classes and sports coaching and afterschool clubs. This is where I developed my love for working with children!
I love the buzz and the atmosphere in the Gym when the classes are on and seeing the children develop is a really rewarding part of the job. The curriculum-based classes are well structured and find the perfect balance of work and fun every time - I’m yet to see a child leave without a smile on their face!
The one thing that stands out to me at Balance & Beam is the personal touch, everyone is welcomed by name with a smile at the door and the instructors know each individual child so well.
We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable so if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to myself or one of the team
Pam Green - Marketing Consultant & HR
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 - Gymnastics & Child Development Instructor
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 - Child Development Instructor
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!
Phoebe De Caso - Child Development Instructor
I’m 18 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 & I love every minute of it,even though I am only 'very' part time now after having qualified as a Primary School Teacher
I moved into the area when I began to study History and Politics at Keele University and decided to stick around and now teach at a local school in Newcastle. 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 on Sundays so don't get to see you all the time.
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!
“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”
“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”
“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.”
“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”
“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”
“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!”
“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 ”
“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” ”
“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) ”
“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”
“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!!”