Gym Club News

Book your FREE trial session NOW and join us for our Autumn Term + Prices

We're racing towards our 3rd week of our Autumn term already and the classes have been fantastic.  The children have all come back with a zest for life and eager to get back into some structured fun and it's been great welcoming them and their families back to the gym.  All parents & prospective trials are welcoming the  'new normal' of temperature checks and sanitising on entry & face masks for the parents in the lobby to make sure that we are a Covid safe environment and we do thank everyone for adhering to our rules including the 'only one parent per child' system & our seperate entry/exit doors.This term runs through to the end of November and is a shorter term than usual, in light of Covid-19, allowing all existing members to use up their banked classes from Spring.  We're excited to already have enrolled over 50 new members to start the term & spaces have filled up extremely quickly but, we've had a little movement around days and a few spaces have opened up in our after school and weekend classes for children aged 4 and up so please get in touch to check availabiity & arrange your FREE taster session NOW.Call us on 01782 214452 or email us info@balanceandbeam.co.uk and become part of our amazing Balance & Beam family.With classes starting at 4 months old there's no better time to get your little person into a social environment and encouraging them to interact in our 'New Normal' classes post Covid-19.If you're worried about joining a class please take a look at our New policies and procedures here Covid-19 ProceduresWe'd love to get you booked in so please contact us now to see how much fun we have in our classesYou can enrol at any time throughout our term as long as there is space in the class and prices are pro-rated as and when you joinThe price for the term from w/c 21st September is £133.20 / 9 classes (Sept-Nov).  We also offer an instalment option which requires an initial deposit of £95 and then one further monthly payment of £38.20. Annual family membership of £35 also applies - which covers you for insurance in the gym and gives you the ability to swap & change classes should you have to cancel through illness or holidays, free parking at Waterworld plus other member discounts & benefits.For term time & class information please go to – Parent child (4 months - 3 years), Pre-school (3 years - 6 years), Primary School (6+ years)To book your free trial class or for further information please call us on 01782 214452 or fill in the Contact Form https://www.balanceandbeam.co.uk/contactClick through to our Youtube channel to watch some of our videos & see some of our testimonials www.youtube.com/balanceandbeamCheck out our facebook page to see what we get up to in class & read our testimonials. www.facebook.com/balanceandbeamPlease contact us on 01782 214452 or by email info@balanceandbeam.co.uk to book your free trial or for more information

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COVID-19 PROCEDURES & WALK THROUGH VIDEOS - UPDATED 01/09/2020

We've updated our Post-Covid procedures so please take a look at our 2 short videos.We thought you'd like to see what our 'New normal' will look like Post Covid-19 so we've put a couple of videos together so you can see for yourself how you will arrive at the gym, how our classes will run and also what procedures we have put in place to re assure you that your health, safety and wellbeing are our priorities as we return to classes post lockdown.Walk Through VideoHere's what our 'New 'Normal' looks like? Only one parent may attend with their child and you will be filtered into the gym one at a timePlease do not arrive more than ten minutes before class as you will not be allowed in the building until the lobby area is cleared of the previous classParents/Carers will now be required to wear a face shield whilst in the lobby until you find your seat (over 11s).  (Exemptions will apply as necessary)Everyone who enters the gym will be temperature checked – please do not come to class if you or your child is unwell - we reserve the right to refuse entry Please also have your child in clean clothes Please use our sanitising stations on entry for both you and your child Enter your vehicle registration into our tablet if you have parked at Waterworld We now have a separate ‘IN’ door and an ‘OUT’ door in the lobby to exit the buildingThere will be allocated ‘distanced’ markers in the lobby for you & your child to remove shoes before class and wait to be called Please have your child in GRIPPY / TRAMPOLINE type socks (we will have some for sale £2 Maximum independent class size is 18 children however, the majority are upto 14 Parent/Child classes will be 8- 10 Children + one parent You will note from the timetable that we have allowed time in between classes to sanitise If you have a sibling with you, please bring your own books/something to keep them amused as we will not have any toys or books in the lobby to ensure no cross-contamination We will be requesting that children come ‘ready for the gym’. We will have cubbies INSIDE the gym for your child to put their belongings in themselves, including their own named water bottle, to alleviate coming in and out of the gym All children (excluding parent/child classes) will exit the building at the far end of the gym. This means that once the instructors have given their ‘end of class announcement’ to parents 5 minutes before class end, you will be asked to queue outside the bottom end of the gym to collect your child thus reducing congestion in the lobby area and the chance to mingle and allows us time to clean the areas after use The coffee machine will be available as normal The water machine will be available to fill bottles only, but not for the children to come in and out of the gymHow Our Classes Run - New video Updated 1st September 2020How Classes will run Instructors may choose to wear face masks or shields but it is not essential in a gym environment.  We will also endeavour to coach from a distance (we will continue to abide by Government legislation)Children in our independent classes will enter the gym and place belongings in cubbies, then find a space marked out on the matParent/Child classes will place their belongings in the cubbies in the lobby The red mat has been gridded out to keep the children at least 1-2 metres apart We will still conduct warm up activities and group activities on the red mat, but we will be adapting our lesson plans accordingly to keep the children distanced Hand Equipment, balls, sticks, bean bags etc., will be on a per child basis and put to one side after the activity to be sanitised after use We will spend time at the equipment where the children will be split into 2 groups of 6 initially, i.e. in ‘bubbles’ Instructors will still do ‘show and tell’ at the stations – the children will have spot markers to sit and watch Instructors will be vocally coaching the children around the equipment as much as possible. All risks kept to an absolute minimum For parent/child classes, we will show parents how to spot and hold their child At the end of the classes we will return to the red mat for a socially distanced game & closing circle For parent/child classes, you will exit back into the lobby.  However, the children in our independent classes will put their shoes on whilst still in the gym and gather their belongings ready to exit at the rear door, where parents will collect them The lobby & gym will then be hygienically cleaned ready for the next class. Instructors will also sanitise after their classCleaning ProceduresWe have increased our very rigid cleaning system even more during this post-lockdown period.  This will include cleaning down in between classes with a full and thorough end of day clean down - this will include disinfecting & sanitising,vacuuming- and paying particular attention to the following:High Touch AreasDoor handles • Disability rails • Switches • Taps • Sinks (including underneath and sides) • Toilet seat • Toilet flush handles/buttons • Toilet paper dispensers • Hand towel dispensers • Bin lids • Reception area desk • Cubbies boxes • Viewing windows / display cabinets etc • Reception deskiPad • Computers / Laptops • TV remote • Gym-iPhone • Printers • Photocopiers • Telephones • Kitchen appliances - microwave, kettle, fridgeGym AreaSafety mats • Spring Boards • Coaching blocks • All Beams • A Frame Bars • Yellow Bars x 3 • Tumble Track Hand Apparatus inc, Balls, Bean Bags, Sticks, Scarves, Parachute • Coaching blocks • All Traps • Vaulting blocks • Beam pads & wideners • Rainbow Mats  • Spot MarkersLobby AreaCubbies • Viewing windows • Visitor Chairs & Tables • Coffee Machine • Reception desk/ Parking Tablet

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FREE Trial Sessions for babies - 4 months - walking!

Babies can enjoy dedicated exercise classes just as much as their older peers here at Balance & Beam. Our Ladybugs Sessions are designed to stimulate and promote core physical activity from an early age. Your baby will develop a dynamic awareness of their surroundings guided by music and rhythm, all designed to kindle their little senses and advance motor-skill development.Classes are available for babies from just 4 months old and are completely instructor led. Sessions run weekly on Fridays and we offer a free taster session so you get to see what happens in one of our classes.Although all classes are designed for children, Balance & Beam help to grow a great social environment for new mums and dads. Classes are a great opportunity for them to make new friends,all whilst learning more about their little bundles of fun as they actively participate in classes – sometimes they have more fun than the children!Our special introductory offer for only £130 for a 10-week course includes our £35 annual family membership.Call us now for more information and to secure your baby’s place on 01782 214452.Terms and Conditions: Rolling Term start NOWA full programme is for 10 classesAnnual family membership is included in this offerFree trial session available 

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Birthday Parties at Balance & Beam - We are taking bookings from September

Even though we've been closed for the last 4 months you can be sure that when you book your Birthday party at Balance & Beam you will have the best time ever!!Our new Procedures, Post Covid-19 mean that we can offer you a socially distanced party meaning that you and your friends can enjoy getting together again, albeit a little more distanced than usual.  Maximum children in a party for now will be 15We've gridded out our Red Mat Out and spaced out our equipment so that the children will have plenty of space to have fun exploring the gym without having to get too close to friends.We are recommending that only one parent attends the party with their child so we can keep you safely distanced in our lobby area.  Or, if your child is happy for you to leave them and come back to collect later, better still (obviously only applicable to children from 3 years and up and not our parent/child parites)  All children will be signed in to the gym to comply with our Track & Trace procedures. - Please click here to see out Post Covid-19 procedures Covid-19 ProceduresOur party room can nicely accommodate 12 - 15 children We've been voted No#2 Party Venue for North Staffordshire and we love to host YOUR parties so please don't leave it too late to find out about our fabulous, bespoke birthday parties here - we are experts in catering to the age of your children. Parties slots are held on Sundays from 1.00pm.Price Information for a 1 hour 30 mins partyMembers… £200 up to 12 guestsNon-Members… £230 up to 12 guestsExtra ½ Hour to include the inflatable Tumble Track… £50**Additional Children up to a max of 15 at £9 per headParty Food must be Pre-Packed per Child or we can provide a Lunch Box @ £7.50Reserve your party slot NOWIf you are a Balance & Beam Gold card holder you will get £50 off your party.Please visit the Parties page of the website for more specific details about the parties.  FUN, FUN AND MORE FUN...THAT'S WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU BOOK A BALANCE & BEAM BIRTHDAY! If you are looking for a GREAT PARTY DESTINATION for your little birthday superstar, well look no further. Balance & Beam’s parties have been voted one of the TOP PARTY VENUES in this area.Every one of our private parties are brilliantly organised and unique. We work with parents and carers to ensure that their Balance & Beam Birthday Party is AWESUME for their child, totally STRESS FREE for them and FUN, FUN, FUN for everyone.We give you a 100% guarantee that everything will be just perfect for your little one’s special day.From the moment you and your party guests enter our bright and colourful, spotlessly clean gym our fully trained and experienced party hosts will take care of everything, meaning you just sit back and enjoy watching everyone having a fabulous time.About a Balance & Beam Birthday PartyFirst and foremost, CONTACT US NOW and reserve your party date… Our party slots book up quickly.Balance & Beam parties can be booked by both members and non-members.Our parties are suitable for 1-9 year olds and are completely instructor led by DBS checked, friendly & motivating staff.You will have exclusive use of our gym and all the facilities for the duration of your party.We can cater for mixed age group parties and create a party package that meets the needs of every child and their guests. You can choose either a 1 hour.30 mins or a 2-hour party slotWe supply you with cute party invites that contain all the details about your Balance & Beam party.We will set up everything for you, including your own prepared lunchboxes or pre-plated food. (We find that not too much food is best e.g.  one sandwich, crisps, fruit bag, Frube or similar & a small cake or biscuit to finish & a small bottle of water or Fruit Shoot etc.)Our party hosts will make sure the children can get into everything.   We can present your child with their Party cake but at the moment we recommend pre-sliced & packed cake for the party bagsAnd BEST OF ALL we do all the cleaning up.All your party guests leave with a helium Balance & Beam balloon to say thank you for having your party with usReserve your party slot NOW

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Rhythm Time Classes at Balance & Beam Gymnastics, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Exposing your baby to early music making is very special. It’s the best gift you can ever give them...AND we’re thrilled to hold our classes at Balance & Beam on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during term time. We charge just £5 per class, paid termly to secure your place.Class times:Toddler/Preschool Classes: 10am - Tuesday or ThursdayBaby Classes: 10.40, 11.20- Tuesday or Thursday Young Baby Classes: 12 noon- Tuesday or Thursday Any parents wishing to book a Rhythm Time music class for their baby or toddler can visit www.rhythmtime.net/jd228 or contact Jo on 07947 525791.The importance of going to music classes with your babyMusic is a universal language that everyone loves and understands, but did you know that it is the only activity that can stimulate and activate every part of your baby’s brain?Contrary to common belief, every child is born musical and as parents, all you have to do is nurture this innate ability. In other words, it is your baby’s environment that will determine how musical they will become. Lots of simple activities can be done at home with your baby to help stimulate and encourage their development through music. However, being a new mum can be quite lonely so going along to a structured, educational music group will give you, as a parent, confidence and new ideas about what to continue doing at home while socialising and making new friends. Don’t forget that singing also releases the “happy hormone“ so singing together in a group with other mums is really beneficial for everyone. Making music with others is such a happy, joyful experience and there is no substitute for a child and parent taking part in a live music session. This is because you will both be experiencing music in the here and now and the benefits of being involved for both you and your baby are far reaching.It’s also never too early to join a baby music class in which you can learn all about how music can help stimulate your baby’s development. For example, Rhythm Time’s award-winning and unique music curriculum involve fun, structured and educational classes that will help you to understand how music can help your child’s development, as well as build their creativity, co-ordination and confidence.Here are some of the benefits early music-making and singing will bring:• Singing simple songs to you baby will help develop their speech and language skills. (Your baby will sing before they speak.)• Songs with actions are great fun but they also stimulate your baby’s auditory development and the actions will help them gain understanding and the meaning of the words.• Moving and rocking to music will help develop their vestibular system, inner ear and sense of balance.• Using various props will help stimulate their vision, eye tracking, co-ordination and motor skills.• Using simple percussion instruments will help develop their listening, small motor skills, co-ordination, sensory awareness, and determination as they try again and again to master playing the instrument.• Shaking small instruments, such as a maraca, will stimulate your baby’s auditory reflexes and help develop a sense of rhythm and pulse which is very important for language development and creative expression.• Exercising to music will help strengthen and develop their muscles, while at the same time instilling a sense of pulse, (which is like the heartbeat your baby was listening to in the womb.)• Playing peekaboo will help to develop their visual memory, listening skills, social interaction, and will give your baby a sense of themselves as being separate from you.Rhythm Time also offer Young Baby classes specially created for newborns up to 6 months.These have been specifically designed for infants at this very early stage.Written by a music teacher who is passionate about the benefits of music for babies and young children, the young baby classes, and older baby classes (6mths to 14mths) include a number of musical activities that will help a child’s early development:Babies can enjoy many multi-sensory activities to music involving equipment such as balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, foil and bubbles. All these help to enhance all their senses, which is highly beneficial at this early stage in their development.

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Vacancy for Enthusiastic Gymnastics Instructor - Saturday & Weekday Evenings

Are you an energetic, self-motivated, conscientious individual seeking a fun and challenging opportunity working with children by teaching motor skill development through gymnastics based classes? If so, you may be just the person we’re looking for! (We are not a soft play centre) The position would suit an ex-gymnast or University student looking for some evening workDetails of the PostWe are always on the look out for hard working, dependable individuals to help our business grow! Instructors will be responsible for teaching non-competitive gymnastics classes to Pre-School and Primary School age children, You will be working with a dynamic team of individuals who are committed to providing outstanding customer service and a membership experience for children and parents that is second to none.Evenings are required from 4.00pm - 7.30pm. Full training will be provided and there are excellent opportunities for career growth and advancement.Typical responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:• Delivering the high standards of our gymnastics based developmental programme.• Know and understand our philosophy and programme• Communicate information correctly and professionally to parents• Conduct high quality classes whilst ensuring they are high energy and fun• Providing excellent customer service and building student enrolmentA background in child development, physical education, sports, gymnastics or drama is certainly a plus as is customer service experience.About Balance & BeamBalance & Beam Gymnastics has been trading since 2006 & are setting the standard for progressive motor-skill development, by providing children with a foundation of confidence through non-competitive, gymnastics-based programmes. Our Parent/Child, Pre-School and Primary School classes are all taught in a fun, safe and nurturing environment, which encourages children to develop at their own pace building confidence & self-esteem.If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please forward *details of your experience*in a covering email together with your contact information and CV to:Yvonne Shuttleworth Gym Director Balance & Beam Gymnastics Festival Way Stoke on Trent ST1 5PUwww.balanceandbeam.co.ukJob Type: Part-timeSalary: NMLWRequired experience:Experience in gymnastics / coaching: 3 yearsLevel One Qualification in Artisitic Gymnastics (or similar) would be advantageous but not essential however, knowledge of gymnastic skill progression is

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Video Links

Please click on the links below - Have Fun!!Here's our Parent/Child Class And Take a look at our pre-school classesHave a look at a Primary School Class in actionToddler Activity VideoTry this fun video for parent/child activities or pre schoolers.  You'll need a scarf and a balloon and bat if you have them :)It's Cool To Be Kind - A Message from YvonneSend us your own personal message to let us know what you miss most!Join Yvonne for her PE Workout / Facebook LIVE video from 12th May (30 mins)Partner BalancesHave a go at these great balances with Charlotte & her little brother...watch out for the Bloopers at the end!Grace's Jumps & Leaps - Take a look at some of the various jumps and leaps you can do.  Once you've got the hang of them try them in a stright line as if you were on a narrow beam.  You could put a chalk line on the ground or put a thin towel down to 'balance' onCharlotte & Grace's Balancing ActsIt's All About the boys!Luke's Handstand Tutorial - Learn how to do a proper handstand with Luke's adviceLuke's Handstand TutorialParent/Child Stick Activity - Have some fun with your little ones trying our stick activityParent/Child Sticks Movement ChallengeAlphabet Challenge - Click on the link below to see our full A - Z challenge then try spell out your name, or your mum or dad's name or days of the week....there's no end to the words you can spell!!Yvonne's Alphabet ChallengeTeam Work TuesdaysHave fun with our obstacle challenge ideasParent/Child Donkey Kick - This is a very beginner handstand for very little people - try it in the safety of your own home or gardenParent/Child Donkey KickHoola Hoop Movement Challenge - Great fine motor skill development for the fingers rolling and twirling the hoopHoola Hoop Movement ChallengeGet ready for Charlotte's Stretching SessionCharlotte's Stretch VideoHow To Do A Backward Roll & Some Conditioning from LukeWatch Luke's excellent video.  Make sure you work your way through the various steps have a nice soft surface to protect your neck....don't try any activity until you are ready...we want you guys to stay safe!!How To Do A Backward RollHow to do a BridgeTry this great Max Whitlock WorkoutMax Whitlock WorkoutToddler Challenge - Overhead Backward Throw Overhead Backward ThrowFrog BalanceTry This Frog Balance - It's one of the BG Badge SkillsMonkey Jump (Beginner Cartwheel) Learn how to do a cartwheel for very little peopleCartwheel DemoWatch Luke & Grace demonstrating cartwheelsHeadstand DemoLearn How to do an amazing Headstand with Charlotte & brother, Jake - Followed by a Shoulder Stand!Pirate Warm Up 'LIVE'https://www.facebook.com/BalanceAndBeam/videos/593...

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Alphabet Challenge

Have some fun with our Alphabet Challenge 

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Balance & Beam Is Going Virtual!

Dear MembersWe’re very excited to tell you that we are becoming ‘virtual’, yes indeedy, you read that correctly and over these next few weeks we will be adding activities to our Facebook, Instagram & website pagesSo from Monday, 6th April we will be showing you some great ideas to help inspire your little people into getting more active but it’s not just for them, we want you all to participate and have lots of fun too!Here’s what to look out for: We will introduce our weekly ‘theme of the week’ along with Monday’s skill We will post our daily activity for you to try each day We will post some ‘how to’ videos We will upload a weekly Movement Challenges for you to try in your own home or gardenWe want to give you a range of activities that not only help the physical skills but also work on fine and gross motor skills, balance & co-ordinationSo the days will look like this:Monday: Get Movin Monday – Start the week off as you mean to go on with a specific skill of the week to work on all weekTuesday: Teamwork Tuesday – Family Obstacle ChallengeWednesday: Workout Wednesday – This could be Plank Challenge work out, flossing, Abs challenge, Bring Sally Up…you get the idea – a challenge for the whole familyThursday: Throwing Thursday – We will be working on a different throwing &/or catching activity of the week to work onFriday: Freeze Friday – Will be static shapes or stretches to work on balancing techniquesSaturday: Share Your Skill Saturday - We’d love you to share your workout challenges with us on our page so make sure you video yourselves every now and again Sunday: Funday Sunday – Show us what other FUN things you have been up to over the week. Remember we are one BIG Family at Balance & Beam! Why not tag your friends in or even let grannie & gramps see how you are, I know it can be lonely for them right now and it would make their day to see their little peopleI have to say we’re a little bit nervous at getting this off the ground but hopefully we’ll get better as the weeks progressDon’t forget to check our Facebook page at 9.00am Monday morning for your weekly theme and challenge of the day and then we’ll post at 9.00am every dayJust one final little bit… We do take health & safety very seriously at the gym, so in our ‘virtual gym’ you will need to make sure you take care when you’re practicing these skills in and around the house and garden so….Remember, we want all you guys to stay safe and well. Please make sure that you have enough space around you to do the activities safely. DON’T try anything that you don’t feel able to do. Parents, this is a BIG one for you, please remember that most of you are not ‘coaches’ so don’t get the kids to try triple flips or back somersaults (it’s not safe OK). Get the kids to know & understand their own limitations. Start small and grow – that’s the Balance & Beam way!. These activities are meant to be FUN challenges!

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GYM UPDATE FOR MEMBERS 30th MARCH 2020

We’re All in This TogetherThe health and wellbeing of everyone here at Balance & Beam is very important to me as my team IS my business and I couldn’t do it without them. We continue to keep in touch by email and video link. You too are extremely important to us here and we miss each and every one of you and hope you and all your families are all staying safe and well during these difficult and unprecedented times.We can’t wait until we can see you all again. Take Care Of One AnotherThe Government has called on a collective effort to beat this dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) and together we will! During this time, please be reassured that all your classes have been suspended and we will pick up where we left off just as soon as we can, which will probably mean extending the term and we will do whatever it takes to make sure that we bring back normality, structure, routine, energy and lots of physical fun once we’re back.We appreciate your continued support during this period.Watch This Space!It seems the whole World has joined together to bring exciting, innovative & imaginative things online which is absolutely amazing and I wanted to let you know that I am busy working behind the scenes looking at ways that we too can help to keep all of you in our thoughts and Balance & Beam in yours, so I will be in touch by email / Facebook / Instagram soon with our virtual plans.We’re Here For You!In the meantime, if you’d like to share any of your little person’s special talents on our Facebook page then we’d love to see them, as we will keep our social media channels updated. And just so you know, our email is constantly monitored if you need to connect.Please take care, stay safe and let’s think of each other.Yvonne x

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