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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Callum

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Ciara

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Jack

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Juliette

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Lila Grace

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Lyla

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Melissa

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April

Name: April Parke

Also known as: I’m just April, that’s all

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader & gymnast

Qualifications: being amazing

Hobbies: gymnastics and dance

Favourite food: Bread because bread tastes good in any way and every way

Favourite colour: I love blue

Favourite gymnastics skill: There is too many

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: The people are awesome

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: 

Most embarrassing / funny story: 

Anything else you’d like to add: Bread is tasty. If anyone says otherwise I will respectfully disagree.

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Callum

Name: Callum

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader & gymnast

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: gymnastics, art, jiu jitsu

Favourite food: pizza

Favourite colour: Red

Favourite gymnastics skill: Giants and back tucks

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: 

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: 

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: I high-fived Brianagh too hard and she almost cried. Now she doesn’t high-five me any more.

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Ciara

Name: Ciara Byrne

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader & gymnast

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: gymnastics, art, reading, baking

Favourite food: donuts

Favourite colour: Blue and purple

Favourite gymnastics skill: Handstand and back walkover

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: 

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: 

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: 

Anything else you’d like to add:

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Jack

Name: Jack Falbo Ferry

Also known as: Jackamo / Falbo

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader

Qualifications: First aid, “Fun moves” course, fundamentals with gymnastics ireland

Hobbies: kickboxing, gym

Favourite food: cereal

Favourite colour: Purple

Favourite gymnastics skill: front tumbling

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: every day is a new exciting day here

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: falling on your face… only kidding

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: every class I land on my head

Anything else you’d like to add: always smile, even when it gets hard

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Juliette

Name: Juliette

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader & gymnast

Qualifications: can get sunburned in winter

Hobbies: gymnastics, music, reading

Favourite food: pizza

Favourite colour: Pink

Favourite gymnastics skill: Jump to high bar or back walkover

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Talking to all the people and seeing my friends. Being able to do gymnastics

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: 

Most embarrassing / funny story: Falling off the bar while doing a back hip circle

Anything else you’d like to add: 

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Lila Grace

Name: Lila Grace

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader & gymnast

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: gymnastics and horseriding

Favourite food: junk food

Favourite colour: Pink

Favourite gymnastics skill: front handspring

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: I like helping the kids get their goals and see them be proud of themselves

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: Seeing the kids get new skills

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: I’ll come back to you

Anything else you’d like to add: Never give up on dreams

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Lyla

Name: Lyla

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader & gymnast

Qualifications: being everyone’s favourite person (it’s hard)

Hobbies: gymnastics

Favourite food: My mum’s roast dinners

Favourite colour: Purple or blue

Favourite gymnastics skill: I have too many

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: Everyone is nice and having the craic

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: having fun and hearing some of the things kids tell me

Most embarrassing / funny story: When I was told that being on the beam was scarier than going to the dentist

Anything else you’d like to add: 

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Melissa

Name: Melissa

Also known as: 

Role at Citadel:  Young Leader & gymnast

Qualifications: 

Hobbies: my fav hobbies are shopping, gymnastics and basketball

Favourite food: italian food

Favourite colour: Pink and blue

Favourite gymnastics skill: anything with flips

Favourite thing about working at Citadel: seeing the gymnasts reaching their goals and get a new skill

Favourite part of coaching gymnastics: 

Most embarrassing / funny coaching story: nothing

Anything else you’d like to add: 

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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