Head Coach

Holly
Thompson

I don’t remember life before gymnastics!!! I began at age 3 and went on to compete at many national and international events at world set level before qualifying as a coach. I have been coaching for well over twenty years now and still love every minute of it! I set up Valdez Gymnastics over 10 years ago. We now have over 1000 active members. I have 3 wonderful kids who vary from loving gymnastics, to finding it so boring!! I am a keen free style skydiver now – gymnastics in the sky is a lot easier on the knees at my age !!

Deputy Head Coach

Harriett
Bellieu-Cruse

I started training at Valdez when I was 6. I was chosen to train in the squad and competed at lots of county and regional competitions until I began coaching. I worked my way through many British Gymnastics coaching awards and became a senior coach at Valdez 2 years ago. I am now deputy head coach at Valdez Bishop’s Stortford. As well as gymnastics, I have a strong dance background, performing and teaching. I trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts in aerial dance and theatre and still enjoy training in my spare time. I love being a part of Valdez teaching children of all ages and abilities watching them improve in confidence and through our award scheme.

Deputy Head Coach

Tasha
Duff

I have been part of the Valdez team for 6 years now and honestly couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else!
I absolutely love coaching at Valdez, watching the children grow and develop in their skills is such a reward.
I started coaching as an assistant helping out Holly, which seems like a lifetime ago! I have now worked my way up to Deputy Head Coach of Valdez (WGC) which is an honour and I enjoy every second of!
One of my main aims in teaching gymnastics is to ensure the kids are having fun as well as learning and working hard.
I work everyday at Valdez so whatever class it is, I’ll be there!

Senior Coach

Emily
Bullock

I have been coaching at Valdez for 4 years, I first started as an assistant coach and I am now a British Gymnastics level 2 senior coach. I am currently still competing with my cheerleading squad who I have been a part of for 7 years, we compete at lots of national competitions. Being a gymnastics coach is such a rewarding job, seeing the gymnasts progress in their skills more and more each week!!

Coach

Tierny
Bean

Coach

Charlotte
Viccars

I have always loved gymnastics and began teaching myself skills from an early age. I finally joined a club when I was about 8 years old and after a few months I was moved to a competitive squad. In my teen years I decided to join an Acro club where I also competed and began my coaching in 2009.
When I saw Valdez was so close to my home I couldn’t wait to join! I loved that the gym was fully equipped with a sprung floor and all the apparatus. I then joined the fab team of coaches in 2010.
My favourite thing about coaching at Valdez is when a gymnast gets a new skill or a medal, it’s the best feeling knowing you have helped them achieve it!!’

Coach

Racheal
Mole

Coach

Maddy
Feerick

Coach

Maddison
Draper

Coach

Kayleigh
Murphy

Coach

Hannah
Goodwin

Coach

Emily
Towndrow

Coach

Charlotte
Mison

Coach

Ellie
Thurle

Coach

Dan
Steer

Coach

Charlie
Rogers

Coach

Bryony
Bedford