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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Caoimhe D.

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Cassie

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Claire

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Eilis

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Elsie

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Faélán

Hannah
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Hannah

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Jack

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Kate

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Leah

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Lucy

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Olivia

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Rhianna

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Ruby

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Alice

Name: Alice

Also known as: Ali G

Role at Citadel: Young Leader

Qualifications: First aid, Gymnastics Ireland FUNdamentals course, fire warden training, Manual handling.

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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Breedge

Name: Breedge

Also known as: Breedgey

Role at Citadel: Young
Leader

Qualifications: None

Hobbies: Gaelic, Soccer, water sports and of course gymnastics

Favourite food: Super Noodles (Chicken Flavour)

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite gymnastics skill: Round Off backhand spring

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Every one is always 😁

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: teaching gymnastics how to get the skills they want and then seeing their face afterwards

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: One time I was in gweedore gym and I was spotting a girl on bars she went to do it but jumped into my arms and then said oops never mind and let out the biggest laugh and everyone was looking like what is wrong

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Caoimhe D.

Name: Caoimhe

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: gymnastics, horse riding

Favourite food: chicken curry

Favourite colour: yellow

Favourite gymnastics skill: handspring

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: the people are so nice

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: seeing people get skills

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: Nothing

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Caoimhe G.

Name: Caoimhe

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader and gymnast

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: football, baking

Favourite food: Toast

Favourite colour: White

Favourite gymnastics skill: Back walkover

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Teaching the kids

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: When I give them a high-five after a good thing and they smile!

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: Someone called me noodle hair

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Cassie

Name: Cassie

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: Gymnastics, Dancing.

Favourite food: “If it’s not chips, it’s not me!!!”

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite gymnastics skill: Back handspring

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Going and seeing friends while having fun and doing things I love

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: When we have the big airtrack out and we all have fun and do/learn loads of new skills

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: I had the big coaching block and playing it and pretending I was a DJ.

Anything else you’d like to add: If I hadn’t done the young leader programme, I wouldn’t have met my best friend Kate!

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Claire

Name: Claire
Also known as:
Role at Citadel:  Young Leader
Qualifications: 
Hobbies: Gymnastics, Reading
Favourite food: Strawberries
Favourite colour: Teal
Favourite gymnastics skill: Full handsprings on vault
Favourite thing about working at Citadel: The people ( coaches and kids!) It’s just such a nice place to be 🙂
Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Building drills for my gymnasts and over time seeing the drills become skills!
Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: I haven’t had one yet ! But I’ll keep you posted!
Anything else you’d like to add: I am gluten free even though I still eat gluten! I also love exclamation marks!!!

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Eilis

Name: Eilis

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: Gymnastics, swimming, surfing

Favourite food:

Favourite colour: purple

Favourite gymnastics skill: front tuck

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: the people who work there are all really friendly

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics:

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: 

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Ella

Name: 

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: 

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Anything else you’d like to add:

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Elsie

Name: Elsie

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: Gymnastics, athletics

Favourite food: Pizza

Favourite colour: Pink

Favourite gymnastics skill: Handsprings

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Everyone is very friendly and it’s fun.

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Teaching kids new things, seeing them happy.

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: Don’t have one yet.

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Faélán

Name: Faelan

Also known as: Fae

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: First aid, “Fun moves” certificate

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:

Hannah

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Hannah

Name: 

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: 

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Anything else you’d like to add:

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Jack

Name: Jack

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: First aid, “Fun moves” course

Hobbies: Basketball, drawing, skateboarding

Favourite food: Noodles

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite gymnastics skill: Anything of vault

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: People

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Getting to make friends

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: ?

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Kate

Name: Kate

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: Gymnastics Ireland FUNdamental foundation course

Hobbies: Gymnastics, baking, talking

Favourite food:  Chips

Favourite colour: Pink

Favourite gymnastics skill: Full twist on trampette

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: The environment and being able to chat to friends while doing what I love (gymnastics)

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Whenever I get a new skill and the feeling of accomplishment from it.

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: Ages ago when out team dressed up for the last day before christmas and I came dressed as a christmas tree.

Anything else you’d like to add: I wouldn’t have met my best friend Cassie if I hadn’t done the young leader programme.

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Leah

Name: Leah

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader and gymnast

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: Gymnastics and basketball

Favourite food: pasta or curry

Favourite colour: pastel green

Favourite gymnastics skill: front handspring or undershoot

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: teaching and watching kids learn and get better at their favourite skills

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: People looking up to me

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: When one of the kids pointed out that I had a huge hole in the back of my trousers.

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Lucy

Name: Lucy

Also known as:  Luce, Lulu

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: Gymnastics Ireland FUNdamentals, “Fun moves” certificate.

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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Olivia

Name: Olivia

Also known as: Liv or Olive 🫒

Role at Citadel: Young Leader

Qualifications:

Hobbies: Gymnastics and Gaelic

Favourite food: Mashed potatoes

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite gymnastics skill: Roundoff back tuck

Favourite thing about being at Citadel: All the coaches and learning to
progressing my skills.

Most embarrassing / funny gymnastics story: I was on bars and I forgot to
chalk up and my hands were sweaty. I jumped to high bar but my hands slipped
and I went flying into the vault area.

Anything else you’d like to add: I am a pescatarian(which means I don’t eat
any meat but fish). I love animals and I am a twin.

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On-In

Name: On-In

Also known as: Noni

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: “Fun moves” certificate

Hobbies:

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Anything else you’d like to add:

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Rhianna

Name: Rhianna

Also known as:  Rhi

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: first aid, safeguarding level 1, Gymnastics Ireland FUNdamentals foundation course, MAG club judge (in training)

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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Rose

Name: Rose

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: “Fun moves” course

Hobbies: Gymnastics, baking, art, gaelic, sleeping!

Favourite food: Raspberries, watermelon and popcorn.

Favourite colour: Light Purple!!

Favourite gymnastics skill: Flyaways, split leaps and shusanovas

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Everyone is so nice and I love being part of the team. I love meeting and helping other gymnasts.

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Helping others work toward their skills and gaining confidence in gymnastics and loving the sport.

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: My first day young leadering I was very clueless and didn’t know what to do. Everyone was load and energetic and I was slightly nervous knowing I had to young leader them.
Also, a different time when helping out at a competition, during the last session when older gymnasts were competing (11 +), I had run out of things to say and we were all just sitting there…. in awkward silence!!!

Anything else you’d like to add: Yeah, I designed the t-shirt I’m wearing in the photo!

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Ruby

Name: Ruby

Also known as: Rubes
Role at Citadel: Young Leader
Hobbies: Gymnastics
Favourite food: My mums roast dinners
Favourite colour: Baby blue, pastel green, pastel yellow and pastel pink
Favourite gymnastics skills: handstands and Round off back handspring
Favourite part about coaching: Well I haven’t been coaching for that long but so far I love all of it!
Most embarrassing /funny coaching story: I don’t have one Yet, but as soon as soon as I have one I’ll tell you all, (just come back to me on that one)
Sarah

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Sarah

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Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

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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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