Kestrel is a gymnastics club specialising in acrobatics and tumbling, run by Head Coach Lyn Price, and Senior Coach Laura Mills as well as Assistant Coaches Hannah Mills, Katie Allen and Anna Allen. 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 qualified primary school teacher with ballet and latin dance training; Laura is an impressive former national level acrobatic gymnast who now manages carers; Hannah, Katie and Anna are also former national level acrobatic gymnasts; Kierri, Caitlin and Jenna are all former regional level gymnasts in acrobatics or tumbling. Hannah also teaches ballet and is studying dance at university.
“Our emphasis is on providing a fun, friendly and safe environment for learning and improving gymnastic skills.”
Kestrel holds sessions on Wednesdays at Thornbury Leisure Centre, Fridays and Saturdays at Thornbury Methodist Church Hall. We have recently opened more classes for all levels of gymnasts across all days.
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, 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 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.
Currently as we are training on hard floors we require each gymnast to bring their own yoga mat or similar and we have suggestions of mats that our gymnasts recommend in the Links section of our website.
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. hand washing facilities as well as hand sanitising stations are provided around each venue. Toilets will be cleaned between use.
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.
Currently no spectators are allowed due to space and covid restrictions.
Training sessions will typically consist of an aerobics or zumba 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 intermediate or advanced group is at the invitation of the club coach. These groups may stay for up to two hours and also 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 who will 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.