The aim of the club is to provide a safe, effective and child friendly environment in which members can participate in gymnastics under the guidance of appropriately qualified coaches. We aim to achieve their highest ability.

Jesters Gymnastics Club ltd is a not for profit organisation, all profits made will be invested back in to the club.

It is run voluntarily by a team of 5 directors who strive to progress the club to as far as possible in the coming years.

The members of the club are organised into groups according to their age, gender, ability, experience and individual needs and coaches will be pleased to discuss the training programmes and your child’s needs with you.

We provide a child/member centred, coach led programme and will endeavour to help your child reach their full potential. Our coaches are all British Gymnastics qualified at the appropriate level and have been screened for their suitability to work with children. A Welfare Officer has been appointed by the club to deal with any safety issues.


  • The club was formed in the early 90’s by Kath Shepherd, at Featherstone Sports Centre.
  • The club was formed to give children of all abilities a chance to enjoy gymnastics, with the aim to enter elite gymnasts into competitions.
  • We aspire to work the gymnast to their very highest capability, through lots of hard work and fun.
  • The club is now run by Jessica Garrett, head coach since September 2015 and a team of 4 other directors, Mark Oakes Heppelstone, Mel Millard, Lily Garrett and Faye Skidmore.

Sadly, Kath Shepherd passed away in October 2010. However, the club strives on higher than ever, in memory of Kath’s hard work and dedication.

We offer Tumbling and Acro classes once gymnasts have passed a set of core profiecincy badges, that ensure they are suitable for the more advanced classes.

What is tumbling?

Tumbling is a fast paced discipline, gymnasts perform a row of skills down a tumble track that can stretch up to 25m, this is where gymnasts will learn tricks such as back flips, somersaults and twists.

What is Acro?

Acrobatic Gymnastics (previously called Sport Acrobatics) is a sport based on gymnastics in which a team of gymnasts work together to perform acrobatic moves in combination with dance moves to form various figures. All routines are performed to background music. Gymnasts generally work in pairs or trios.