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Hello. My name is Aisha Walters. I am a former British Champion at Masterclass Level in Sports Acrobatics and founded Benchmark Gymnastics in 2009.
I have been coaching for 23 years and am qualified as a coach in general gymnastics, pre school, disabilities and acro. I am also a tutor for the national governing body, delivering coaching qualifications for Levels 1, 2 & 3, as well as training for welfare officers, 'Intro to' courses for 11-14 year olds and the Award Scheme Coaches Qualifications. I am also an assessor for British Gymnastics.
I am passionate about people. I love reading, hot countries, spending time with my family and watching my coaches and gymnasts grow and reach their potential.
I love how passionate the club is and how everyone's strength is recognised and everyone's weakness is improved.
Hello. My name is Sarah and I joined the Benchmark team in 2013. As a coach I have managed to accumulate a number of qualifications through the club. I have completed my Level 2 General and Level 2 Acrobatics qualifications. I am soon to complete my Level 3 Acrobatic modules.
I love working for Benchmark 5 days a week, as it has taught me good work ethic and how to adapt my coaching style to suit the specific needs of children across all ages.
Outside of Benchmark I enjoy shopping and going to the cinema :)
Hi! My name is Fiona. I am a Level 3 coach and have been coaching at Benchmark Gymnastics since 2016. In addition to coaching I am also one of the club's welfare officers. I also work as part of the admin team.
Before coaching I used to be a dance teacher at Glenlyn Academy. I have now left my school job to become a full time coach.
The thing I love most about coaching at Benchmark is that we really are a big family! I love my job and the people I work with. In Aisha I don't have a boss I have a leader and because of this I have achieved so much in such a short space of time.
Hello my name is Janice. I have been a coach at Benchmark since 2014. I am a Level 2 General Gymnastics coach, a Level 1 Acrobatics coach and I am currently working on my Level 3.
Benchmark is great place to work, it is very friendly and open and I love that we can cater for gymnasts with disabilities.
Out side of the gym I love baking (ask the other coaches), and I travel a lot. Xx
Hello my name is Bianca. I became a Benchmark coach in June 2017. I am qualified in Level 1 in General Gymnastics and I will be start Level 2 in October 2017.
I have a degree in sport, health, exercise and nutrition. I also work as a sports coach in primary schools.
I enjoy being a part of the Benchmark team as we all help each other grow to our best potential.
Hello my name is Alfie. I have been working at Benchmark Gymnastics since September 2016.
I have my Level 1 General, Pre-school and Tumbling qualifications, and am currently working towards my Level 2 General qualification. As well as coaching I am a gymnast myself and have been doing gymnastics from the age of 3.
I enjoy working at Benchmark because the staff are fun to work with and the children always give their best.
Hello! My name is Izzie and I have been coaching at Benchmark since 2012. I have been a qualified gymnastics coach for over fifteen years now, although I volunteered for a bit before I was old enough to do my first course, and I currently hold qualifications at Level 3 in General Gymnastics, Level 2 in Pre-school and Level 1 in Acro.
In addition to coaching gymnastics at clubs and in schools, I also work as a translator from Spanish and Italian and enjoy reading and swimming in my spare time.
I love working at Benchmark because the staff are a great team and the gymnasts work hard, enjoy their sessions and really celebrate one another’s achievements.
I joined the Benchmark team in 2016 after getting into gymnastics when my daughter joined the sport. Since then I have achieved numerous coaching qualifications including Level 3 Modules, Level 2 Pre-school course, and Fun4Babies. I am also qualified to judge at floor and vault competitions.
I am a qualified nursery nurse and I am passionate about working with children. I have studied childcare, psychology and am currently studying a diploma in CBT. At Benchmark I also teach the Parent & Toddler classes and Benchmark Babies classes and can't wait for these sessions to roll around every week!
For me there is no better feeling than supporting children and watching them as they progress towards becoming all they can be.
Outside of the gym I love to dance and began training as a dancer at 4 years old.
Hi! My name is Cherry I have been a Welfare Officer for Benchmark since September 2016. All four of my children have been involved in gymnastics from an early age and I love the sport!
I am also an early years teacher and recently joined the Benchmark Parent & Toddler team which I love!
I am qualified in General Gymnastics Level 1 and Pre-school Gymnastics to Level 2. I am at present working towards my Level 2 Pre-School qualification.
Outside of gymnastics I enjoy spending time traveling and being with my family and friends.
Hi, my name is Shannon. I'm a Level 2 coach and have been coaching at Benchmark since 2017.
I started coaching as I was a gymnast when I was younger and decided to carry it on through coaching.
The thing I love most about Benchmark is that we're like a little family and we all get along.
Hi, my name is Lucie Wynn and I am a Level 1 coach. I started off at Benchmark Gymnastics club as a gymnast and have been participating in gymnastics since the age of 4.
Benchmark has an amazing atmosphere and the coaches have been a great help in supporting me as I complete my qualifications. My mentor has been amazing!
Outside of Benchmark I attend Burntwood Sixth Form and am studying three A-levels (Biology, Psychology and Sociology). I also enjoy other sports and play first team football.
Hello! My name is Paige. I have been working at Benchmark Gymnastics since September 2016. I am a Level 2 General coach. I was a gymnast for 11 years before I began coaching.
I enjoy coaching at Benchmark because it has helped me become more confident as a person and I love working with kids to help them fulfil their potential.
Hi, my name is Daniel, I am one of the Strength and Conditioning coaches here at Benchmark Gymnastics. I have recently joined the team in January 2018.
I have gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences at the University of Exeter and I am looking to complete a Masters/ PGCE degree in the near future. I have previous experience in a range of sports and working with young athletes at Millfield School and Exeter City FC.
I look forward to working with all the passionate and committed children here at Benchmark and I am excited to see their progress.
Hi, my name is Harriet. I joined the Benchmark team in 2016 and I am the club's Admin Manager.
Working at the club has helped me to learn a whole range of skills including working with parents, supporting gymnasts and learning how a club runs.
I love working at Benchmark because it is such a friendly club with such keen and eager gymnasts.
Hello, my name is Enivalde Ventura. I joined the Benchmark team in December 2017 and work as part of the admin team.
In June 2017, I had come to do work experience with Benchmark Gymnastics club and had learned a lot of new skills that I now use in my daily life. I have now come back to learn even more skills such as learning the essentials needed to run a club, communicating and helping parents and to come back to the friendly environment both the children and staff bring every day.
Outside of Benchmark, I attend Sacred Heart R.C Secondary school and I also do athletics as my main sport and I am very interested in coaching not only in my own sports but in a wide range of sports.
My name is Tamara Smith and after volunteering at Benchmark for 8 months I finally took my assessment and am now a qualified Level 1 General Gymnastics Coach. I hope to eventually become a Level 2 coach and possibly a Judge as well.
Benchmark is such an amazing company to work for, not only are the staff and gymnasts genuinely lovely people and so supportive, but the organisation and running of the company is outstanding. It makes me incredibly proud to be able to work for a company like Benchmark.
Through becoming a coach, I have rediscovered my own personal passion for gymnastics and am starting to go back to open adult classes - although I am very rusty as it has been about 10 years! I feel as though training again will make me a much better coach.
Outside of Benchmark, I am also an actress currently auditioning and starting to book professional work, so watch this space...!
Hi there, my name is Catherine.
I joined the Benchmark team in April 2019 and I am an administrator.
I previously worked in an administrative role in a large secondary school and which taught me the importance of efficient administration in any organisation. Benchmark have a large number of students and I am learning the essential aspects of effective record keeping and communication with parents.
When I’m not working for Benchmark I am supporting my son who is educated at home. I have two dogs who need a lot of walking and I also love cooking and entertaining!