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 and Level 3 in General Gymnastics, Acro Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Women’s Artistic and Men’s Artistic gymnastics.
Many of our coaches have competed nationally or 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.
Claudia is from Italy and spent 17 years as a gymnast before qualifying as a coach in 2009. She practiced Twirling at the highest squad levels for many years and competed in countless national and international competitions. Her achievements include: Five gold Medals, Four Silver medals in the Italian National Championship and a Silver Medal at the European Cup.
Claudia has a Level 2 Rhythmic Gymnastics qualification from British Gymnastics. She coaches the LAGAD General Gymnastics classes, at both recreational and intermediate level. Claudia's tip: "I believe everyone should be passionate about something that you feel you cannot live without. For me it is gymnastics."
Denka is from Sliven in Bulgaria. She started gymnastics at just 5 years old and later performed elite Artistic Gymnastics and then Acrobatic Gymnastics. With a master of sport title in Acrobatics she has more than 10 years of coaching experience in Bulgaria, USA and Great Britain.
Denka’s tip: ''For me, it’s important to get the children to love gymnastics in the first place - after that achievements come with ease!’’
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.''
Ricardo da Silva
Ricardo is a House and Hip Hop dancer and teacher, originally form Portugal.
Currently based in London, he is also trained as a Popper, Capoeirista and Commerical Streetdance Choreographer. Ricardo has been teaching dance for many years in a number of roles, including Dance Teacher at Pineapple Dance Studios and the Lycee International de Londres.
An experienced performer, Ricardo was a Britain's Got Talent Finalist in 2014 and is an affiliate of the Royal Academy of Dance.