Gymnastics Donegal Young Leaders

Our Young Leaders

Our Young Leader programme is an extensive training scheme which follows a detailed mentoring plan along with thorough course work and training in leadership qualities. This allows our young athletes to get vital experience in the gym to prepare them for the working world. Our Young Leaders have been a priceless asset to Citadel since we began and we greatly appreciate the time and effort put in by all our young volunteers.

Are you aged 12-17?

Do you love gymnastics?

Would you like to try out coaching?

If this sounds like you, why not apply for the Young Leader Program at Citadel?

Young Leadering is a voluntary program where you have the opportunity to dip your (pointed!) toe into the world of coaching, in a safe, structured environment. Our focus is on mentoring and education and making sure our young volunteers get the best possible experience as trainee coaches.

Young Leaders work and learn under the guidance of our qualified staff coaches, as they assist in gymnastics classes. Here they learn correct spotting techniques, gymnastics safety and the finer details of teaching fundamental skills.

They also attend weekly Young Leader meetings, where they focus on a wide variety of topics such as biomechanics, interpersonal communication, behaviour management, lesson planning and administration skills, Throughout the year, various events are offered to enhance our Young Leader program, such as first aid training, coaching clinics, and fun days.

To find out more about the program, contact our Young Leader Manager on cara@citadelgymnastics.com. Alternatively, ask at the front desk or call the gym on (0)74 92 04101.

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Young Leader

Alice

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Young Leader

Faélán

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Young Leader

Jennifer

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Young Leader

Lucy

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Young Leader

Rhianna

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Thompson

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Young Leader

Alice

Name: Alice

Also known as: Ali G

Role at Citadel: Young Leader

Qualifications: First aid/ Safety

Hobbies: Playing instruments or singing, Musical Theatre

Favourite Food: Crepes

Favourite Colour: Green

Favourite Gymnastics Skill: Artistry (if that counts?)

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: The people! Staff and kids 🙂

Favourite Part of Coaching: when kids get a skill they’ve been working towards (cliche I know!)

Most Embarrassing Coaching Moment: i don’t get embarrassed… just kidding, come back to me on that one!

Anything else to add: Thompson says hi

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Young Leader

Faélán

Name: Faelan

Also known as:

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: First aid

Hobbies:  Jiu jitsu, gymnastics, wrestling, drawing

Favourite food:  pizza

Favourite colour: blue

Favourite gymnastics skill: Front tucks and back hip circles

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: I’ve just started working here but so far so good!

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Seeing kids get new skills

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: I don’t have one yet. Stay tuned!

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Young Leader

Jennifer

Name: Jennifer

Also known as:  Jenny, Jessibelle

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: First aid

Hobbies:  Gymnastics, running, singing

Favourite food:  I love pizza, crisps and mangoes

Favourite colour: White

Favourite gymnastics skill: Back walkover

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: The staff and the kids

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Helping the younger kids and giving them advice that I would have got when I was their age.

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story:

Anything else you’d like to add: I think the Young Leader Program is a very good idea.

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Young Leader

Lucy

Name: Lucy

Also known as:  Luce, Lulu

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications:

Hobbies:  Swimming

Favourite food:  Pasta

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite gymnastics skill: Back handsprings

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Meeting loads of people.

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Helping people to learn new things and to improve.

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: It was the last class before Christmas in the Gweedore class. Me and Muireann dressed up as elves and danced for the gymnasts. Some ladies passing by the hall were very confused!

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Young Leader

Rhianna

Name: Rhianna

Also known as:  Rhi

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: first aid

Hobbies:  Gymnastics, football

Favourite food:  I like Chinese food

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite gymnastics skill: Front tucks

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Getting to see everyone that works here and all the gymnasts.

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Whenever a gymnast gets a new skill.

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: Not yet

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Young Leader

Thompson

Name: Thompson

Also known as: Thompin or Tall Thompson

Role at Citadel: Young Leader

Qualifications: Basic First Aid

Hobbies: Baking, languages, avoiding higher level maths..

Favourite food: Cant beat a Saturday night Chinese, mums chicken curry or a classic percy pig!

Favourite colour: Black, light blue

Favourite gymnastics skill: Straddle undershoot, round off back handspring, I love watching kip cast handstands

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: The happy atmosphere of the gym!

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Seeing gymnasts first reactions when getting a new skill is too good! And the stories gymnasts bring to the gym each week!

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: In summer last year I helped move the resi pit and my arms decided to give out and the side I was holding fell on top of me 🙁

Anything else you’d like to add: alice says hi

Throughout the Young Leader Program, they can expect to gain the following skills/benefits:

Leadership and teamwork skills

Work experience for your CV

Reference for your CV

Technical coaching skills

Spotting techniques

Health and safety awareness

Administration skills – log books, phone etiquette, etc

Behaviour management skills

Working as part of a team

Customer service/working with parents

Assisting in running events/competitions

Communication skills

Experience of working with children

Improving their own understanding of gymnastics

Working collaboratively/project work

Setting own goals

Learning from both peers and qualified coaches

Time management and meeting deadlines

Developing creative problem-solving skills

Innovative approaches and coaching techniques

Ability to ‘think on your feet’

Developing reflective professional practice

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