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THE LITTLE GYM HARROGATE

  

TheLittleGym_ChrisChris

Gym Director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- In one of my weekly classes we were learning how to do forward rolls with one of the children not quite getting the full roll! Fast forward a week later the same girls runs into the gym shouting my name and then follows it up with rolling all around the red mat and with the excitement on her face asking did I see it did I see it repetitively! So lovely to see her achieve it!  

How did you get interested in sports?
- Growing up been the youngest of three boys we were always very competitive with everything we did from getting dressed to eating dinner. This competitiveness quite naturally led to sport and found us playing all kinds of different sports to try and beat each other!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my spare time I always try to fit in as much sport and activities as possible from OCR/Running, climbing, volleyball, football and everything else in between! On the days where I don't quite have the energy to move then you're quite likely going to find me watching stand up comedy or a good film!

​What can't you live without? ​
- There is only one thing I can think I would be able to live without and that is laughter/comedy! Everyone loves to laugh and what is a better way then a joke or seeing someone trip!

Where ​have you lived?
- Leeds and Harrogate.

   
   

TheLittleGym_KarenKaren

Programme Director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- There are so many lovely stories from working her, but once when handing out the medals in show week, one of our fantastic members came up after all the medals had been handed out, and gave me a medal! Her mum said they thought I should have a medal too :) I’ve never forgotten that!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have always loved running and outdoor activities, my dad took me running and swimming from a really young age! I once decided it would be a great idea to take my own armbands off and put them around my ankles! oops. I did athletics in school, then triathlons and have done 2 marathons!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love to be outdoors, walking, climbing, taking photos, doing yoga, horse riding and just being active.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I couldn’t live without my two cats, sunshine and coffee!

Where ​have you lived?
- I grew up in Essex, spent 6 years in London, moved to Harrogate and now living in Leeds!

   

TheLittleGym_HollieHollie

Senior Manager

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- Climbing mount confidence as I love to give the Beasties challenges and seeing their confidence blossom in class.

How did you get interested in sports?
- Started gymnastics at an early age, loved it ever since.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love being outside, going out for walks with the family and my dog Basil.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Can’t live without a camera to capture all of the precious moments (CHEESE!!)

Where ​have you lived?
- I grew up in Norfolk before moving to Leeds for Uni and have lived here ever since.

  

TheLittleGym_LilyLily

Senior Instructor

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- My favourite little gym story has to be when one of my Giggle Worms came to me one day and told me that her tooth had fallen out and that she had named her tooth fairy “tooth fairy Lily”.

How did you get interested in sports?
- As a child I was always active, whether it was going to a dance/gymnastics class,  horse riding and even diving I was always moving. I think initially I got interested in sport through my mum as she too was very active as a child and inspired me to be as well.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I try to be as active as possible whether it be taking the dogs for a walk, going to the gym or even meeting up with friends.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Even though it sounds cheesy the one thing I couldn't live without if my family, family is everything, they are always there to pick you up at the end of the day, even the dogs!! (especially the dogs).

Where ​have you lived?
- London, Spain and Harrogate.

   

TheLittleGym_GeorgiaGeorgia

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- My favourite The Little Gym story is being in the Funny Bugs class on a Sunday, the children are such characters and always manage to keep me smiling and laughing.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I’ve been interested in sport much of my life. I was introduced mostly through School and friends and enjoyed it ever since.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my spare time I love to dance. I dance 4 times a week in a range of styles; commercial, jazz, acro and we even compete, often in musical theatre.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can’t live without teacher Faye!

Where ​have you lived?
- I live in Harrogate and always have.

   

TheLittleGym_AbiAbi

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- After my first absence of one class, the following week both mum child made there way over to me to tell me that my absence was missed and how I the child had spent the morning saying I hope teacher Abi is back. I then was given the biggest hug.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I trained myself as a gymnast for 10 years. From this I managed to achieve some great things, like competing in a team event at the British Display Gymnastics, also representing Great Britain in the 14th World Gymnastrada in 2014. After I finished competing, I still wanted to stay within the sport, so finding The Little Gym is a dream come true.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- Trying new things like different fitness classes, spending time with friends and also going walking with the family dog.

​What can't you live without? ​
- 2 completely different things, food and my mum.

Where ​have you lived?
- Middlesbrough, but moved to Harrogate for my The Little Gym adventure.  

   

TheLittleGym_GarethGareth

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- My favourite story I have is from my first week where I was used as a prop as something for Teacher Chris to vault by request of the kids in the class who all found it incredibly funny.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I got interested in sport because my dad was a semi professional boxer when he was my age now, he even beat someone who went on to be a professional boxer which has always inspired me to get involved in sport.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I volunteer as a Thai boxing coach at the same gym I train at, I also spend a lot of time walking my two dogs.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Sport!

Where ​have you lived?
- I have lived in Harrogate since I was born.

   

TheLittleGym_KathrynKathryn

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I had so much fun helping the grade school classes learn to stick their landings in jumps by lying on the floor and having them jump over me! it was a little scary but they had great fun and made sure to jump really high!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I got interested in sport from a young age and I joined a gymnastics a club when I was very little. From there I carried on training and competing into my early teens. I really enjoyed the feeling of perfecting a new skill as well as getting to learn new moves. I made many friends there that I am still in contact with today.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my spare time I like to go to the gym, shopping in town and hanging out with friends. I also am part of a drama group run by Harrogate theatre which I attend weekly and sometimes perform shows at Christmas.

​What can't you live without? ​
- One thing I couldn't live without is my phone. I always enjoy texting my friends when I'm not with them or spending time on social media. I also couldn't live without my trainers because they're sooo comfy I wear them all the time even when I'm not exercising!

Where ​have you lived?
- I've lived in Harrogate my whole life in the same house. However I do have family who live up north in Teeside so I often visit them and spend time there.