LAGAD has a rigorous selection process and maintains a very high standard of coaching across all gymnastics classes. We take on assistant coaches and support them through their Level 1 British Gymnastics qualification. We have coaches who are Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 in General Gymnastics, Acro Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Women’s Artistic and Men’s Artistic gymnastics.
Many of our coaches have competed nationally, internationally and at World and European Championships.
All our coaches are vetted, referenced and hold enhanced DBS certificates. They also hold First Aid certificates and must complete a British Gymnastics recommended Safeguarding course.
Rafael trained in Criciùma, Brazil. His gymnastics training started with the Apagro company, where he learnt artistic gymnastics and competed regionally.
Rafael graduated with a BSc in Physical Education. He is also a trained dancer and has travelled extensively to attend masterclasses and workshops. He has competed in breakdance and hip hop battles and performed in several events in both Brazil and the UK.
Rafael moved to London in 2015 and is a Level 2 Lead Gymnastics coach. He has been teaching Gymnastics and Dance for over 6 years.
Victoria is from Brazil and is a qualified British Gymnastics Level 3 lead coach. She competed at state, national and international level in her home country in Artistic, Rhythmic and Aerobic Gymnastics. Her achievements include State Champion in Artistic Gymnastics and 4th place in both the National and Pan American competitions.
Victoria also worked as a coach in Brazil, leading her team to 2nd place nationally and training two gymnasts to achieve Champion and Second place for three years running. Her coaching focus is to '' give all my new gymnasts the very best they deserve.''
Qualified Ballet Teacher & Gymnastics Coach.
Trained at the Arts Educational School & Harrow Gymnastics Club followed by a teaching degree at the Royal Ballet School. Winner of the Ursula Morton Choreographic Competition. Danced professionally in the USA & Europe. A Master’s Degree in Creative Arts in Therapy was followed by 5 years work in the NHS. Jessica was founding manager of Dance UK’s Healthier Dance Programme and professional panellist for the Society of London Theatre ‘Laurence Olivier Awards’.
Jessica started LAGAD in 2009.
Hobbies: Swimming, Beekeeping and Eating Black Chocolate!