Autumn 2019 marked the beginning of LAGAD’s very first classes, read on to learn about how it all began.
The LAGAD story 2009 - 2019In 2009 Jessica Shenton, the mother of 2 young boys, was approached by her former Ballet teacher to take over her adult Ballet classes in North London. As a former Royal Ballet trained teacher and qualified Gymnastics coach, Jessica agreed to run these classes. The classes were a big success and attracted a crowd of day time dancing mums. Whilst teaching the adult ballet, a school in Finchley came looking for an after school Gymnastics Coach and with this and subsequent school bookings LAGAD was born.
Jessica was passionate about what she was doing. It was fun and she wanted to provide a high quality service that was enjoyable, organised and offered a developmental pathway.
In 2011, a team of elite gymnasts were looking for a new home and they approached Jessica to take them under her wing, thus was born LAGAD RG, a separate not for profit elite programme for Rhythmic Gymnasts.
10 years on, LAGAD has a team of full time staff, 50 freelancers and an office in North London. We offer classes in North, West and South West London. Many of our coaches are the best in the business with a number of former Olympians and World Championship Competitors. What we do differently is to make sure we select team members that love what they do and are also fully qualified, experienced and knowledgeable.
Jessica still loves coaching, her proudest moments have not necessarily been the dizzying heights of LAGAD’s girls being selected for Team GB or for the World Championships (which have all been great), but when each child achieves their very first cartwheel, handstand or headstand ‘’To see that smile and pride is my highlight and that can’t be replaced’’.
Jessica's passion for working with children and bringing quality coaching to children of all abilities in a fun environment still remains at the heart of LAGAD.
As for the adult ballet classes that first started LAGAD, they are still going 10 years on.
About LAGAD Classes
LAGAD is now OFSTED registered and has highly trained and qualified coaches with experience in bringing out the best in every child, whatever their ability. Working in small groups (one coach per 8 children), classes are designed to help children develop a range of fantastic physical and life skills in a fun and safe environment. Classes include General Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Disability Gymnastics, Adult Ballet as well as Gymnastics & Circus Skills Holiday Camps and Parties.
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