31 May 2013Champion Gymnast Beth Tweddle Inspires Children In Master Class at David Lloyd Leisure Hampton
The youngsters were overjoyed to watch their sporting heroine in action as well as learn some top tips on Wednesday (May 29) at David Lloyd Hampton, Staines Road, Hampton, south-west London.
Beth, who is Britain’s greatest ever female gymnast, also delighted her fans by bringing along her Olympic bronze from the London Games 2012 and the trophy she won recently in ITV1’s Dancing on Ice, as well as signing autographs and posing for photos.
The star is the founder and director of Total Gymnastics, which endorses David Lloyd Leisure’s Gymnastics All Stars coaching programme, aimed at helping youngsters develop fundamental skills in strength, flexibility and co-ordination whatever their ability.
Gymnastics All Stars, which launched last year and adds to David Lloyd Leisure’s Tennis and Swimming All Stars junior coaching programmes, is available to 3-7 year-olds at selected David Lloyd Leisure clubs.
It follows the Total Gymnastics Gym Stars programme, which is built around a badge award scheme, providing children with an inspiring and exciting way to build skills, step by step, through the use of simple equipment such as bean bags, balls and ribbons in a fun and safe environment.
Beth said: “It was wonderful meeting so many children who have been inspired by the Olympics and want to learn gymnastics from such an early age.
“It’s fantastic that David Lloyd Leisure have gymnastics in their ‘All Stars’ portfolio. I strongly believe that every child should have the opportunity to try gymnastics, no matter what their ability.”
Sarah Hobbs, head of sport, health and fitness for families at David Lloyd Leisure, said: “The children have been so excited about meeting Beth, who is such an amazing role model for any aspiring young gymnast and an incredible ambassador for the sport – they will never forget such a special day!”
“We are very proud that Beth and Total Gymnastics have endorsed our Gymnastics All Stars coaching programme, which has been proving extremely popular. Every parent wants their child to learn the basic abilities that are essential to their early development and Gymnastics All Stars is brilliant for teaching those core skills.”