Gym Club News

Global Epidemic of Childhood Inactivity

A recent study show shocking statistics. Worldwide children are now weaker, do less exercise and are less fit than in the past.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-51194309We must act now to ensure our children are introduced to a physical lifestyle as soon as possible, meaning they will then be less exposed to illnesses and problems associated to a sedentary lifestyle.

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Why Not Give That Special Little Person The Best Start in Life with one of out Gift Vouchers

Our Gift Vouchers make the perfect gifts for that special little person and can be used for any product or service offered by Balance & Beam.Take a look at our website or come to the desk when you’re next in class to purchase your gift vouchers and give the gift that will help the little person in your family Cartwheel into a Happy Healthy LifeYou can purchase them on our website by following this link Vouchers

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British Gymnastics Awards Scheme - 3 years +

British Gymnastics Awards (3 + years) All children, age 3 years +, are assessed throughout their regular class and work towards the British Gymnastics Awards. These includes A, B, & C Pre School Awards (3 – 5 years) and 8 – 1 Proficiency Awards (5 years +) and Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Children do not know they are being assessed and no pressure is put on any child. Parents can opt in or out of the awards scheme at any time. British Gymnastics Awards are presented to children during our ‘Show Week’ Classes along with a Balance & Beam Certificate of Achievement which every child will receive. (Irrelevant of whether they are participating in the British Gymnastics Awards Scheme)As our members progress through the badges, required skills to pass become trickier! We therefore try and include these skills into our name activities, warm ups and stretches where possible. We also give little homework slips out to the children who want to practice at home.The team are always available to discuss the awards system, and which badge each child will be working towards.

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Testimonials

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for giving Dylan such a fantastic 3rd birthday party. He had an awesome time and his friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves too. Elly and Aleysha were absolutely brilliant and the two hours went so fast. All the children enjoyed themselves from the oldest (13) to the youngest (2). There was so much fun and laughter, we could just sit back and watch all the children have a wonderful time.Thank you so much for a fantastic, brilliant, amazing, memorable, relaxing, tremendous, totally epic birthday party. Dylan often talks about all the fun and all his friends had at his party.It brought back many happy memories from when Grace had her 5th birthday party with you all those years ago!!It is still just as brilliant.Jackie, Mum to Dylan "My daughter started at Balance and Beam just 2 months ago and in only 9 sessions her development is amazing. She can now jump on her own with both feet leaving the floor, swing with only minimal support from the bars and hoops, walk independently across the balance beam and her forward roll is getting better every week. We both love heading out on a Saturday morning for the class - thank you to all at Balance and Beam for making it such an enjoyable and rewarding experience." Helen', mummy to Jessica"Just wanted to let you know how much your classes have helped to boost Riona's confidence - it is really amazing. There's a huge difference to your classes than others, like how you talk through things with the children and communicate what's happening in class, keeping smaller groups, taking care when they are upset, being gentle all the time. I can go on and on. Big thank you anyway." Suja, mum to Riona.“I've always thought it imperative to ensure our children receive a balanced ‎approach to child care, I'm pleased to say both son and daughter were cared for by my wife, mother and a nursery during their early stages. My eldest daughter, Ava took to Balance & Beam classes with natural enthusiasm and by choice asks to attend the holiday camps too, however my cheeky little son has some shy tendencies. We took the same approach to childcare with him and I am really pleased to say that the addition of Balance & Beam classes is enabling him to come out of his shell with strangers and new children each week. Other people are now able to meet the real Joel! On reflection I've changed my approach to childcare to include Balance & Beam! For me Balance & 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 - the holiday/activity camps are all obvious extra bonuses.Thanks Balance & Beam, I couldn't be more pleased with a hobby type class for my kids”. Martin, dad to Ava & Joel.“Would like to say a HUGE thank you for Macy's birthday party on Sunday, Mel and Elly 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 Elly xx” Kelly, Mum to Macy"Our daughter, Millie joined Balance and Beam almost four years ago. Over the last four years it has been wonderful to watch her develop, many of the initial skills she has been taught not only support her development in so many other aspects of her life; walking, balance and coordination but have also taught her how to stay safe and lower herself off objects she may have climbed onto. At home she often practises the skills she is being taught in class and it is wonderful to see the bond she has with the instructors. I love the structure of the classes; each week has an engaging theme and builds upon the skills introduced over the term. Overall, I have been so pleased we chose to come to classes here, each week she amazes me, as she gets older, she seems to pick up skills faster. Whether it's walking or forward rolling on the beam, somersaulting on the bars or simply following instructions on the floor. She enjoys every minute and it's been a pleasure to watch. Millie particularly enjoys the holiday camps, where she gets to meet new people, carry out various activities throughout the day as well as get to spend even longer in the gym, which she loves! Thank you Balance and Beam, Scott and Jill, parents to Millie.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”(Mum to one of our Little Ladybirds 1-2 Years)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 daughterI know to each 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 child, and this is unique and special. A well-deserved thank you and I’m proud to be part of the Balance & Beam FamilyKaren- Mum to two little gymnasts"What a fantastic activity for youngsters. We have been bringing our daughter Chloe since she was about 8 months old (she is now 2) and now our 6-month-oldZoe has just started too! Think that's too early? Think again!The reason behind every action and movement is explained, so parents understand WHY and HOW it benefits the child. Whilst each little person is simply having a wonderful time; shaking bells, singing, running or tumbling about in the purpose-made soft-play gym.Our daughter has progressed both socially and emotionally as well as physically, she is only just 2 years old, but she now has the foundations to help her develop her sharing and helping skills, alongside her growing enjoyment (and lack of apprehension!) of the Beam, Bars and Rings.Thanks to the hard working and dedicated staff, each little person is made to feel extra special, even on those difficult days!Very highly recommended."Carrie, mum to Chloe & Zoe “It 100% brilliant! We’ve been coming to classes here for a while and I love the way that Lily is learning so much whilst having fun & being active. Physical skills grow week by week & she has learned how to share, take turns, listen, follow instructions as well as make new friends outside school. Every week is different so she never gets bored and I love the way the staff encourage & motivate her making exercise part of her everyday life.We love Balance & Beam & just can’t speak highly enough of it”Amelia R, mum to Lily, Age 6Once again, Emily has enjoyed a fantastic birthday party at Balance & Beam. There was no hesitation at all when I asked her 2 months ago where she'd like her party this year 'Balance & Beam please Mum' so I duly booked and sat back knowing that everything would run like clockwork. Invitations were provided and carefully written and a couple of days before the party, a phone call to confirm final numbers. On the day, I packed our light snack (and honestly, don't take too much, children never eat that much at parties) into a large box and arrived with the cake and party bags 15 minutes before the official kick off time. The girls took the boxes off my hands leaving me to meet and greet our guests while they laid the party table. Then off the children went into the gym leaving us parents to grab a coffee and have a lovely relaxing chat while they 'did their stuff!'The most enormous parachute you've ever seen, at one point encompassed the whole 15 children and 2 coaches, looking like a multi coloured marshmallow, and from inside we could hear the children singing 'Happy Birthday'. All the staff are fantastic. They are polite, professional...and slightly mad and my girls LOVE them!!I'd booked the 2-hour party so just over half way through, the red-faced children came charging out of the gym and dashed into the party room to guzzle gallons of free squash and eat the party food and of course...sang Happy Birthday again when the cake made its grand entrance. Once the food had been demolished and hands wiped, it was back into the gym for more fun, finishing with the 'Cheese Slam'. If you've never seen this, you must! I want a go!!!!Any leftover food was put back into the box I'd brought it in ready to take home. Party bags, cake and balloons were distributed to our guests and Emily added to her collection of Balance and Beam T-shirts with a fetching lime green number. Talking to another Mum after the party, she commented that it was one of the most relaxing parties she'd been to. From a parent’s viewpoint, it's such a simple party to organise....and from the party girls viewpoint...'epic party again Mum, even better than last years!'Little sisters party booked for next month...need I say any more????!We're excited to tell you that we now have our own Youtube Channel where we have some new testimonial videos and our class video. Have a look to see what 2 of our members have to say about us. If you have friends, why not email this link across for them to have a look atOur class video is also on there so you can see what we get up to on a daily basis.www.Youtube.com/balanceandbeam 

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Birthday Parties at Balance & Beam - Our Party Slots are filling up FAST! Don't leave it too late.

We've been voted No#2 Party Venue for North Staffordshire and we've already had lots of parties slots booked for 2020  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 11.15am.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 28 are at £9 per headAddition Party Food Package…£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.  (If you have less than 12 guests please speak to a member of staff to see if we can negotiate on price).FUN, FUN AND MORE FUN...THAT'S WHAT 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 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 all napkins, plates, cups and juice You can choose to either bring your own party food or pay an addition catering fee for us to do it all for you. We 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 food even if you have prepared it yourself.Our party hosts serve the food, present and then cut your birthday cake ready to pop it into your party bags.And BEST OF ALL we do all the cleaning up.All your party guests leave with a balloon and the Birthday STAR will get a T-Shirt from us as a special thank you for choosing Balance & Beam for their special birthday celebration destination. Reserve your party slot NOW

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Our Cancellation / Make Up Policy

Our Cancellation/Make-up PolicyDon’t lose any of your paid for classes!Part of your membership package here at Balance & Beam is access to our cancellation/make-up policy.So remember if you cannot attend your class for whatever reason follow the cancellation procedure and never lose a class. To qualify for a make-up class you MUST advise us of your absence in advance or latest 9.00am of the morning of your scheduled class. We will then cancel your scheduled class and you can book a catch up session.

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STRESS FREE… GROUP VISIT!

STRESS FREE… GROUP OUTING!! YES the two statements do go together when you book your event at Balance & Beam. Why not come and spend a lively morning/afternoon with usWe guarantee every event will be stress free for you and amazing fun for children.If you are looking for a fun, action packed group activity for your Pre School, Primary School & Club then our group booking packages are the perfect solution to your reward day needs.Our school group activity sessions are a great opportunity to get children out of the classroom enjoying some physical fun.Group visits are ideal as a school reward day or a team building day for childrenWe are OFSTED registered and a full risk assessment policy will be provided for every visit. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 children and these visits are suitable for primary school children up to year 3. Your visit will be led by our fully qualified instructors ensuring activities are always safe structured and suitable for each individual group visit. Each of our sessions will help children develop motor skills, with activities such as running, jumping, skipping, hopping and galloping.Children will be given the opportunity to experience all the equipment in the gym. Learning how to do forward rolls and trying cartwheels on the mats. Building muscle strength on the bars with swings, hangs and rotations and trying skills on the beam.All this is achieved in a fun filled hour and a half session.Our school group visits are also a great opportunity for teaching staff to pick up ideas for their own physical activity sessions within school At the end of each visit all the children will be served juice /or water and biscuits.A real fun filled outing for everyone.

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Dates to be announced for our Messy Play Dates .

Our 'Let's Get Messy' craft sessions are held at Balance & Beam in our party room.  What better way to have fun than making lots and lots of mess, with even better news that we do all the clear up afterwards without wrecking your home.  It's the only event you'll attend where you need to dress-down for the occasion!These sessions are great for developing little minds with creativity, socialising, learning new motor skills and the art of independent play and group socialising activities.  Messy Play times are open to members and non members so if you are a member and know some friends that might enjoy getting messy then bring them along!Our next session will be running in December. Date to be announced. Elly will be helping out as usual - she's the one that gets the messiest!!One hour creative craft sessions are for our under 4s Parent/child activity with everything supplied by us. Different activities with all the messy stuff here & not in your own home!!Free juice & biccys provided afterwardsFree to Balance & Beam Goldcard holders£5.50 per childFor more information please contact us on 01782 214452 or by email info@balanceandbeam.co.uk to book in

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Regular Exercise Helps In ALL Areas Of A Child’s Development

In our fast paced world, many children are struggling to cope emotionally so the importance of focusing on our children’s health both emotional and physical is huge. Exercise releases endorphins, which makes us all feel happy and less stressed and this is also true for children.Exercise, Confidence & Self-esteemIt can be hard for us all to be confidence around others, and this is the same for our children. We understand that all children are different and it is normal that some children feel nervous around others at times, but having a lack of confidence in all social situations can lead to diagnosable problems such as anxiety in the future.Confident children achieve more, develop better relationships and embrace opportunities in life.Our classes help to build confidence in children. All our professionally designed child development classes allow children to build confidence as they achieve new skills, whilst also building their social skills around their peers.Age specific sessions allow children time to build friendships, making our classes both a social and physical activity. Children build healthy relationships with their peers, which are skills that are essential for their future.Our small student/teacher ratio means all children receive individual attention, helping them achieve their own personal little goals which in turn builds confidence and self-esteem.Balance & Beam… Making a Difference to the lives of 100s of childrenEncouraging young children to do regular physical activities is encouraging them to have a HEALTHY BODY IMAGE and is also helping them to have a POSITIVE MENTAL OUTLOOK. Regular physical activity is also great to:Make them feel HAPPIERHelp maintain a HEALTHY WEIGHT Good for the development of HEALTHY MUSCLES and BONESHelps increase their ENERGY LEVELSIt can reduce their risk of developing CHRONIC DISEASESIt can help their BRAIN HEALTH and MEMORYIt can help with their RELAXATION and SLEEP QUALITYBook a FREE trial session and see for yourself the difference our sessions make to your child.Balance & Beam… So much more than a gymnastic classLet us help your child Cartwheel into a Happy Healthy Life… Book your FREE trial session today.

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Usborne Books Available Here!

Hi! I’m Georgie and I’ve been attending Balance and Beam with my son Huw, since he was 4mths old. Over the last 2 years B&B has become a part of our family and a place where I’ve found the greatest confidence in my abilities as a first time mum. In recent months I have taken the leap to become an Independent Usborne Organiser and would like to make you aware of the opportunities I can offer.From First baby books, to activity books, to the latest fiction for all ages, I can provide something for everyone.If you wish to host a private event either for friends and family such as birthdays, baby showers or a pop up stall at your organisation or school, I can and will bring lots of enthusiasm to go with it. Let me know any specific requirements for your event be it Book Fair, Curriculum projects or PTA event, and I will be happy to tailor my stand to meet your needs. Most importantly, I will promote a real love of literacy and reading to everyone who attendsIf you’d like to order a book or know more about what I can do for you, please pick up a leaflet from inside the gym or drop me a line via my contact details below Facebook: Georgina Wardle, Independent Usborne OrganiserVisit my site: Georgie's Marvellous BooksContact me by email: g.marvellousbooks@gmail.com

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