A mum of four from Plympton who runs successful business Tumbling Teddies Gymnastics has landed a regional award. Gymnastics coach Kelly Astley has won the South West’s Gymnastics Club of the Year award for 2021/22.
The 44-year-old who teaches more than 250 students from 18 months old to 18 plus. Now she is looking to move her business within Plympton as the demand for her classes continues to grow.
In 2019 Kelly won the South West’s Gymnastics Professional of the Year award after opening Tumbling Teddies Gymnastics. Now, the award winning coach is looking for a new and larger venue for her award winning gym.
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Of the mystery nomination, Kelly said: “This has been amazing news and I wish I knew who nominated the gym but I don’t!”
She added: “We were about a year into being open when lockdown forced us to close. Having had our business closed on and off for 18 months has been difficult and whilst we did make adjustments and go online, it’s been nice to see people back in person.
“We have outgrown where we are, we get enquiries every day and I know there is so much more we can do with and for the kids. It would be possible if we had more space, especially as we have such a strong base across the South West now.
“Ideally I want to create a community space where kids can come to our classes like a pay as you go service instead of just through our memberships. The community center and larger space would just encourage them to exercise and have a good time.
“I want to stay in the Plympton area and keep things affordable because I know it’s really difficult for lots of people right now. I’d like there to be a space for Mums and toddlers for a few hours in the morning and somewhere on the weekends where older kids can come and swing on rings or jump on the trampoline because you can never truly get too old for that! ”
The awarding body said: “The judges by the sheer joy shared at Tumbling Teddies Gymnastics between parents, children, and Kelly herself. Helping youngsters achieve their first backward roll or cartwheel is a huge perk of the job for gymnastics teacher and is always accompanied by wide smiles and a boost in confidence
“The skills learned at Tumbling Teddies Gymnastics play a big part in helping children socially and physically; Trying something new and practicing until they achieve it is an important life lesson and something that facilitates progression and growth. Kelly’s classes are a fantastic combination of fund and discipline.”
Tumbling Teddies Gymnastics is open six days a week, from Monday to Saturday. If you would like to get involved or find out more information you can by visiting their Facebook or its website .
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