Kestrel is a gymnastics club specialising in acrobatics and tumbling, run by Head Coach Lyn Price, and Senior Coach Laura Almond as well as Assistant Coaches Hannah Mills, and Jodi Butcher with support from our trainee coach Lawrence Smith. We also have occasional coaching provided by Assistant coaches Caitlin Stewart, Kierri Price and Jenna Nunn all who are currently studying at University. This family team has over forty years of experience between them, coaching gymnasts to regional and national level. Lyn is a retired primary school teacher with ballet, latin and african dance training; Laura is an impressive former national level acrobatic gymnast who now supports children with learning disabilities at school; Hannah and Jodi are also former national level acrobatic gymnasts; Kierri, Caitlin and Jenna are all former regional level gymnasts in acrobatics and tumbling. Jodi and Hannah are both studying to become primary school teachers.
“Our emphasis is on providing a fun, friendly and safe environment for learning and improving gymnastic skills.”
Kestrel holds sessions on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Thornbury Leisure Centre.
Before you begin
Payment must be made before coaching can commence, and all gymnasts must be members of British Gymnastics. This is to ensure that the correct insurance cover is provided for your child through British Gymnastics. Please consult the website each term, for dates and payment options.
No jewellery should be worn during sessions, for the safety of the gymnast. This includes watches, fitbits, earrings, friendship bracelets and hair jewellery. Please note that our club insurance through British Gymnastics is invalidated if tape is used to cover earrings or other jewellery.
Long hair should be tied back securely, and appropriate clothing should be worn. Leotards are required for both girls and boys; although for the first few sessions it is acceptable to wear shorts and t-shirt. Long trousers should be avoided as this can impede movement. Gymnasts can purchase the club leotard, shorts, leggings and t-shirt by using the form on the website or contacting the coach for further details and prices.
Gymnasts will train in bare feet, so please ensure any verrucas are protected by a secure covering such as ‘bazooka’ or a firmly fastened plaster.
We strongly advise that gymnasts visit the toilet before a session commences, but should a need arise during a session, the gymnast may be accompanied (socially distanced) by an older gymnast or an assistant coach who will wait for the child outside the toilets.
What we do (Beginners)
All gymnasts will have the opportunity to participate in the British Gymnastic Award Scheme, and will be assessed for these awards approximately once a term. Sessions will aim to build the specific skills required to pass these awards.
Training sessions will typically consist of an aerobics style warm up to increase the pulse rate of the gymnasts, followed by flexibility and strength-specific warm-ups. This will be followed by a skill based session where gymnasts are taught and encouraged to practice and perfect a variety of skills and balances. The session will end with a cool-down period before dismissal.
Tuition is differentiated by ability and experience.
What comes next
Entry into the improvers, intermediate or advanced group is at the invitation of the head coach. These groups may be offered the opportunity to attend on more than one day. They may also be given the opportunity to trial for our elite group to prepare for competition.
If you have any concerns you wish to discuss, please contact your coach by phone or email in advance of the session, or in person at the end of a session so that teaching is not interrupted, unless in an emergency. Welfare officers can be contacted by telephone if required.