Having spent her 20’s as a professional athlete, attending the winter Olympic Games, Sarah Adams decided to return to her original passion of gymnastics, in which she had competed at national level in her teens.
In 2017 she founded Adams Gymnastics which has grown from a single class of 19 children in a school sports hall to a thriving club with hundreds of active members operating in multiple locations across Leicester.
To provide a fun and friendly environment that positively impacts the lives of children and teenagers through the sport of gymnastics, whilst equipping them with the tools to be successful not only in sport in but in many aspects of life.
Our CORE values stand for: Team work, Responsibility and Learning from success and failures. These are a set of principles that help to guide the actions and behaviours of all our members and staff on a day-to-day basis.
Learning From Success or Failures
Children get a unique opportunity in sport to experience “failure”, put it into perspective- and learn from it.
Kids often beat themselves up after making mistakes. As caring coaches it’s our jobs to put their failures into perspective, and help them to learn from it. We need to build their confidence so that they tackle the next challenge without fear.
They need to learn that every failure is a step towards success. Children need to learn how to view failure in a different light. They need to learn how to make mistakes and know that it’s okay. Knowing that failure is just a learning process they will stay composed and perform in the present. Failure comes with taking risks, and mastering failure they will feel more comfortable taking risks.
The Adams Gymnastics competition is an ideal opportunity for kids to experience this desire for success in safe and friendly environment. We often see kids who walk into the competition believing that they will win a trophy. For most kids this expectation will not be met. This is why each and every child gets a medal or certificate for being brave enough to take part.
As caring adults we need to prepare them for the possibility that these expectations might not be met. Kids can be very hard on themselves when they feel that they have failed, or disappointed a coach. This can hurt their confidence and willingness to try again if they are not prepared for the possibility of failure.
Meet The Team
Sarah is head coach and director of Adams Gymnastics, she was settled for the Winter Olympics for Great Britain Bobsled team in Sochi 2014 and has competing as an international in 400 meter hurdler. These characteristics have also been shown in academic studies to achieve a BA (Hons) Sport Management degree. This has been recognised when she a received the sports person of the year 2014 by the BBC East Midland sport award. She had used her experience from having been coached by elite coaching herself to share this with her gymnasts.
I started gymnastics at the age of five as an after school club and then Avril Lennox (Olympian and British gymnastics champion ) came to our school one day, where I was chosen to go to her new gymnastics club in Leicester, I carried on until I was about 15years old participating competitions and displays. I discovered I still loved gymnastics when my two daughters aged 7 and 12 found a passion for it after attending Adams Gymnastics classes. I became a volunteer as I wanted to give some back to the club as they had made us feel very comfortable and very much part of the team. I love working with the children and watching how excited they get when achieve a new skill.
Hi, I’m Mia. I have been training and competing in gymnastics for 9 years. I have a love and have a passion for the sport, both training myself and teaching others. I started coaching due to younger family members starting gymnastics. I found I really enjoyed correcting them and teaching them new skills and achieving them. It gives me a great feeling when the gymnast achieves new skills.
I am a gymnastics coach with Adams Gymnastics, I am currently in the tumbling team and we are working towards our first competition in 2018. I wanted to volunteer as a trainee to learn how to coach.
Hello! 😊 My name Is Laura, Originally I lived in Nottingham where I trained in gymnastics and dance as a child. As I got older I wanted to continue my love for gymnastics therefore I began coaching and passed my level 2 WAG at the age of 18. My favourite pass times are eating out, boogieing around the house, socialising with my friends and cartwheeling in Asda.
I have a great passion for gymnastics, am always doing handstands and back handsprings at any moment I can. I had 12 years of competing for a gymnastics club and loved it! I went on to coach recreational gymnastics and have now become a gymnastics competition judge. My passion is to continue working with child and young adults.As I progress my knowledge I wamt to become a PE teacher and gain my woman's artistic level 2 in gymnastics.