Kestrel is a gymnastics club specialising in acrobatics and tumbling, run by Club Coach Lyn Price, Coaches Margaret Price, Gaynor Mills and Laura Mills as well as Assistant Coaches Vicky Moore, Katie Allen, Anna Allen and Cliff Price. This family team has over forty years of experience between them, coaching gymnasts to regional and national level. Both Lyn and Margaret are qualified primary school teachers, Gaynor and Vicky also work in schools and all have a background in ballet and/or latin dance. Laura is an impressive former national level gymnast who now manages a care home, Katie and Anna are also national level gymnasts and Cliff is a retired secondary school teacher and badminton coach.

“Our emphasis is on providing a fun, friendly and safe environment for learning and improving gymnastic skills.”

Kestrel holds sessions on Fridays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at Thornbury Leisure Centre, in the Severnside Hall (Summer Hall during the summer term). Gymnasts begin on 4pm Friday, 5pm on Wednesday or 9.30am Saturday for one hour and progress to two hours or more per week for intermediate level and above.

Before you begin

Payment must be made before coaching can commence. 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 both gymnast and coach. 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 girls; shorts and T-shirts similar to school PE kit are acceptable for boys. 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.

We strongly advise that gymnasts visit the toilet before a session commences, but should a need arise during a session, the gymnast will be accompanied 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.

Parents may choose to remain during sessions but, if so, we ask that they observe from the balcony. We ask those who observe to remain seated and keep noise to a minimum.

Training sessions will consist of a circuit of running and chassés 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.

All beginners begin training together at 4pm/5pm/9.30am, then may be split into groups for the skill-based portion of the session. 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 stay for up to two hours and also may be offered the opportunity to attend on more than one day. They may also begin to prepare for competition.


If you have any concerns you wish to discuss, please contact your coach at home in advance of the session, or 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.