Gill is the General Manager of T.J’s Gymnastics Club, Wimbledon. Her involvement in gymnastics began in childhood, progressed to coaching and, after graduating in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Studies, she began coaching as a career. TJ’s opened in September 1988 and in Sept 2018 celebrated it’s 30th Birthday.
Gill holds both her Gymnastics and Pre-school Club Coach Level 3 coaching certificates required by the British Gymnastics Association to run classes. Gill is married to Chris and has two sons, Max will be 21 in Jan ‘21 and Samuel will be 18 in Sept ‘21. In August 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, so had to take a year out of coaching for the treatment, but returned back to coaching in Sept 2013. Now it’s all a distant memory and enjoying being back to her old self! She heads the Pre-school Programme.
Natalie has also been involved in gymnastics since childhood, was coached by Gill as a teenager and then, as a young adult she began to assist coaching at TJ’s. She has been working at T.J’s since 1997, gaining her Level 3 qualifications in General and Pre-school Club Coach. Natalie is married to Paul, their eldest, Jack, will be 16 in July ’21 and Lucy was 13 in March ‘21.
Natalie heads the General Gymnastic programme, being the lead coach in the competitions we enter and the display team and is our Special Needs Co-Ordinator. She opened the ‘Tiddlers’ class in 2010 and holds the Fun4Baby certificate.
Kate has been working full time at TJ’s Gym Club since Sept 2007. She has, however, been involved in the Club for 17 years as she was one of our first to attend our ‘Invitation Only’ classes. She also holds her Level 3 in Pre-School and General Gymnastics. She is a fantastic assistant to Natalie and Gill.
Katie first attended TJ’s as a parent with her 3 girls. She has a background in ballet and is a keen runner and casual tennis player. She has been coaching the Mini Gym classes since 2010 and holds a Level One Pre School Coaching qualification. She is also the Welfare Officer for TJ’s Gym Club. Please do call her if you have any issues that you would rather speak to Katie regarding rather than directly to your child’s coach. 0208 544 1316
Jade first joined TJ’s aged 1 in the Toddler Gym classes and progressed to our Wed 4.30 squad! She now coaches once a week in the Mini Gym and Gym classes. She has two daughters, Kyla and Nyrah, who both attend TJ’s. She holds her Level 1 UKCC Assistant Coach and the Pre-school add on module and intends to take her Level 2 as soon as she can!
Joe also has been at TJ’s Gymnastics Club since he was 1 year old! He assists in after school classes and intends to take his Level 1 Assistant coaching qualification as soon as he can. In Sept ’21 he will start to study his A’ levels at Esher college. He is also teaches piano and will take his Grade 8 in July ’21!
Ali coached with Gill in the 1990’s and between them set up TJ’s squad classes. Ali moved from regular training (up to 20 hrs a week!), competing in the British Championship into coaching. Aged 25 she then decided to stop coaching to pursue a different career. She married Chris and has 3 boys and has recently decided to return to coaching. It is great to have Ali back on the TJ’s Coaching Staff!!