About Richmondshire Gymnastics

Formed in 2008, the goal of the Richmondshire Gymnastics Club is to provide fun gymnastics instruction through recreational and competitive programmes for boys and girls.

Our Ethos

Gymnastics is a wonderful sport, which teaches your child coordination, physical fitness, rhythm, strength and flexibility. Gymnastics is a “whole body” sport involving muscles from head to toe. It also teaches concentration and mental stamina and has both an individual and a team aspect. At Richmondshire Gymnastics Club, we strive to provide a fun atmosphere for all children while helping them develop gymnastics skills. We love what we do, and it shows!


  • provide quality gymnastics instruction at a level suitable for each gymnast
  • assure that each participant has fun while learning gymnastics
  • enable each gymnast to achieve their potential
  • provide a safe learning environment
  • provide qualified coaches in all classes
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Putting Your Child's Safety First

Richmondshire Gymnastics Club is registered with British Gymnastics, and all coaches are qualified and CRB checked by British Gymnastics. The club has adopted the British Gymnastics policies for Child Protection, Health, Safety and Welfare, and Equity and all officials, coaches, members and parents must adhere to these policies. The club is committed to safeguarding all participants and has a trained welfare officer to deal with any child protection / poor practice issues that may arise. The club achieved ‘GYMMARK’ for excellent quality and performance in 2009.

Our Coaches

Our coaches bring a wealth of experience and a great attitude to our classes. They know how to get the best out of our kids, but most importantly provide a fun atmosphere for all.

Pam Portas

Pam Portas

Pam began her coaching career over twenty five years ago when she gained a club coach award in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics at Eston Gym Club. She continued to coach when the club moved to the Gymworld Centre at Middlesbrough College, gaining experience in the use of a pitted facility. In September 2009 she began coaching at Richmondshire GC.

During her career as a PE teacher Pam coached school teams to regional and national level. She was chair of the North of England Schools’ Gymnastics Association and Cleveland Schools’ GA for a number of years and organised numerous schools’ competitions during this time.

Dave Portas

Dave Portas

Dave began his coaching experience at Eston Gym Club, achieving a senior club coach award in Men’s Artistic gymnastics and a club coach award in Women’s Artistic. He coached boys and girls at Eston and at Gymworld in Middlesbrough for more than twenty five years before becoming one of the founder coaches at Richmondshire GC. He has coached many gymnasts to national level, including TV personality Matt Baker.

For more than five years, Dave was chair of the North of England Gymnastics Association and represented the region on the English Gymnastics committee. He is a course tutor for NEGA and has judged regularly at regional competitions.

Rebecca Clay

Rebecca started her gymnastics career aged 5, after seeing it on playschool and demanding to be taken to the nearest club! After 15 years as a competitive gymnast, Rebecca qualified as a club coach in Women’s artistic and general gymnastics, initially working at Eston and then Gym World Gymnastics Centre in Middlesbrough. After qualifying as a teacher, Rebecca moved to London setting up her first gymnastics club out of the school she taught at, leading teams to success in county and regional competitions.

Rebecca returned to the North in 2006 and set up Abbey Gymnastics Club in Selby, before forming Richmondshire Gymnastics Club in 2008. Rebecca works as a Schools Sports Coordinator and PE teacher, and is a tutor for British Gymnastics. Rebecca has recently completed her coaching qualifications in Pre School and Fun 4 Baby gymnastics and works all around North Yorkshire teaching and tutoring.

Katie Usher

Katie Usher

Katie has been involved in gymnastics for 15 years as a competitive gymnast and coach. As a gymnast she competed at national level and represented her club and the North of England Squad up to the age of 16.

Katie began her coaching experience at South Durham Gymnastics club where she gained her assistant coach award, and in 2008 began coaching at Richmondshire gymnastics club. Katie has since achieved her level 2 coaching award and is currently undertaking her pre-school coaching qualifications. In the last year, Katie has also been running our satellite gymnastics clubs in some of the local primary schools. Katie has also recently gained a foundation degree in Applied Sports Management and development.

Chloe Swanick Jones

Chloe Swanick Jones

Kayleigh Dadds

Kayleigh Dadds

Kayleigh is coaching because she loves working with children, and enjoys the experience of helping them progress with their gymnastic skills and also enjoys the leadership role of a coach and having the responsibility of ensuring gymnasts enjoy their sessions as much as she did. Kayleigh loved gymnastics as soon as she began taking part when she was 12 with r.g.c and continued as a coach when she gained confidence in helping others in the club to improve in the same way her coaches helped her to.

John Wood

John became involved in gymnastics coaching by ’not stepping back quickly enough’ when asked to hold a hoop for a display at his daughters’ gymnastics club in Ripon!

However John was soon hooked and immediately took level one in general gymnastics. In 2011 he moved to Richmondshire Gymnastics club and has now taken L2 Womens artistic gymnastics and three Level 3 womens artistic modules. From an engineering background, John is attracted to analysing and understanding the ‘physics’ behind gymnastics moves and particularly enjoys coaching bar and vault skills. John holds a black belt in karate and used to instruct both adults and children in the sport. He is married to Dorothy and father of 2 sons and 2 daughters, the latter both being RGC gymnasts.

Dorothy Wood

Dorothy is a level 2 Womens artistic gymnastics coach, with plans to begin L3 soon. She began coaching in Harrogate and Ripon clubs before coming to Richmondshire in 2012. Dorothy coaches classes at Catterick , Bedale and helps with the Elite squad at Coburn.

'The thing that appeals to me most about RGC is its inclusivity. Every gymnast, whatever his or her ability, is trained with as much care as the most talented. The best thing about coaching is seeing children’s pride in their achievements. The most challenging thing is to promote physical preparation and instill correct technique which is vital for a gymnast to achieve their potential, but to achieve this through varied and fun activities'.

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Find Us

We run our classes at both Colburn and Catterick Leisure Centres. Our satellite location is at Thirsk

Colburn Leisure Centre

Catterick Rd
Catterick Garrison
North Yorkshire DL9 4QH
United Kingdom


Catterick Leisure Centre

Gough Rd
Catterick Garrison
North Yorkshire DL9 3EL
United Kingdom


Thirsk Leisure Centre

Station Rd
North Yorkshire YO7 1QH
United Kingdom