Who we are at


The Little Gym of Harrogate offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Our trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.




11755893_10153076537596297_781386091026206799_nKate Henebury


I’ve always been passionate about fitness. As a child I would try every sport that I could get my hands on. I didn’t care if it involved a ball, a stick, a beam or a pair of goggles – I just wanted to do it!

That passion for movement led to a sports and exercise degree at university, where I found my second passion – child development – and studied the effect that exercise, or lack of, has on children’s development.

My love of being active didn’t stop when I reached adulthood. It led to an active career as a Captain in the Army, during which I was fortunate enough to  travel from mountain to mountain across Europe as a competitive biathlon skier... Read more

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Gym Director 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 
Walking into the toilet after a child had been in there for a while.. they had managed to make the biggest mountain of soap in the sink and was blowing it around! :)

How did you get interested in sports?
Used to watch my cousins dance when I was younger and was inspired to start dancing. Danced on and off since i was 4 years old.- all kinds of dance, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop.

What do you love to do in your free time?
Shopping & going out for meals. Spending time with my new puppy (Faye!)

What can't you live without?
Cup of tea! :)

Where have you lived?
Swansea, Leeds, York & Harrogate.


Program Director

Your favourite The Little Gym story?
End of term when I'm handing out medals to the funny bugs at the end of the medals one of them comes up to me and puts a medal over my head and her mum says "Annabel says that you should get a medal too Karen! " I actually almost cried!
How did you get interested in sport?
My dad used to take me running, swimming and fishing from a young age.  Once I got to school I loved gymnastics too!
What do you love to do in your free time?
Adult gymnastics classes in Harrogate & Leeds, yoga (especially arm balancing)and going horse riding in the countryside!
What can't you live without?
Yoga, coffee, my cats & sunshine!!
Where have you lived?
London, Essex & Harrogate
Gym Director Leeds
Your favourite The Little Gym story?
There are just so many! Each day is so completely different and often something a child says will make me giggle!!
How did you get interested in sport?
From a very young age my Dad took me swimming and from then movement/sport has been such a huge part of my life.  Swimming, hockey, hiking, biking and more recently crossfit!!
What do you love to do in your free time?
Move! Anything active, I hate sitting still!!
What can't you live without?
My family, the outdoors, and I should probably say my husband!
Where have you lived?
USA, Nottingham, Lincolnshire, London and now Yorkshire!
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    Program Director

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    Gym Director Leeds

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    Lead Instructor

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    Lead Instructor

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    Lead Instructor

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    Office Manage

    Claire S




    On Maternity Leave!!

    Hollie J




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Our Philosophy of

Three Dimensional Learning


At The Little Gym, our environment is fun, but our purpose is serious. That’s why we embrace a proprietary philosophy called Three-Dimensional Learning, in which physical activity is a conduit for nurturing your whole child. The Three-Dimensional Learning approach to skill development means that every class we offer fosters growth in three holistic dimensions—Brain Boost!, Get Moving! and Life Skills! Read on to see how each dimension of learning helps your child grow into a well-rounded, well-adjusted child.




getMovingGet Moving!


Developing flexibility, strength, balance and coordination through varied physical activities.



brainBoostBrain Boost


Nurturing listening skills, concentration and decision-making that benefit your child well beyond the gym.



lifeSkillsLife Skills


Promoting sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership through spending time with friends and peers.



40 years of


An innovative educator, musician and kinesiologist, Robin Wes envisioned a nurturing place where children could explore their physical development while also growing socially, emotionally and intellectually. He opened the first The Little Gym in 1976 in Bellevue, Washington and infused those early classes with the same positive, non-competitive spirit that characterises us today. Forty years later, children in more than 300 locations worldwide experience the Serious Fun of The Little Gym.



The Little Gym

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The Little Gym concept is born as Robin Wes opens his first gym


The Little Gym begins franchising


Over 300 locations in 25 countries


Expansion reaches six continents with European locations in 12 countries




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