Melissa Denman

Melissa Denman: Gymnastics Coach Activator at Springs Leisure Centre, Sheffield

“I love coaching my sessions on a Saturday; the participants are all lovely and have a passion for learning, every week we try learning something different which makes it fun and interesting. The impact of having more qualified coaches going through the system like me will help to promote gymnastics and get more children involved in participating. There has already been an increase in participants since I started my role, hopefully this will continue to increase and more sessions can be put on to keep up with the demand.”

I’m Melissa a 21 year old student at Sheffield Hallam University and was successfully recruited as a Sheffield Gymnastics Coach Activator in October 2013. From a young age my passion has always been to teach Physical Education which lead me to apply for University and the course I am studying now. When I received the email regarding this gymnastics post, I knew I couldn’t let this fantastic opportunity pass me by.

After successfully gaining a place as a Gymnastics Coach Activator, I now work at Springs Leisure Centre every Saturday morning. Following initial introduction sessions, I completed my gymnastics level 1 course, which took place over one weekend with an assessment later in the year. The course was very useful everything was covered in depth which made me feel very comfortable about progressing through to the assessment. After the course I put what I had learnt into my sessions at Springs Leisure Centre, and practised for my assessment. I have now successfully passed my level 1 General Gymnastics qualification, and Sheffield International Venues are putting me through my level 2 General Gymnastics Coaching course.

More recently I have been accepted onto a PGCE with a local school, I was absolutely over the moon when I found out I had got the position words cannot describe how happy I am. I believe the knowledge I have gained through teaching gymnastics every week put me at a great advantage of gaining the position. I was able to relate many questions to my experiences of teaching a class from gymnastics and other work experience in the same field. Gymnastics has helped me to gain experience in managing a class, behaviour, different learning styles, organisation, time management and has also build my confidence when delivering sessions.

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