MEET THE COACHES

CMA is directed by Programme Directors Philippa Jennings and Melissa Thoms. They have a combined 25 years of coaching experience and could not be prouder of their ever-growing CMA Family. You can read more about all of our staff below.

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OUR COACHING STAFF

PHILIPPA JENNINGS

Gym Owner and Programme Director

Philippa is a qualified Dance Teacher and Cheer Coach Levels 1-3. 

Years involved in Cheerleading

14

Proudest Coaching Moment

When one of our first ever athletes competed at the World Championships and thanked me for helping her find her passion.

Favourite thing about Cheerleading

Watching athletes grow in confidence and gain skills they never knew they were capable of.

MELISSA THOMS

Programme Director

Melissa is a qualified Cheer Coach Levels 1-7, Cheer and Dance Judge and Certified IASF Safety Official.

Years involved in Cheerleading

10

Proudest Coaching Moment

When two CMA Athletes were awarded Leader for Life awards at Nationals and the entire arena gave them a standing ovation.

Favourite thing about Cheerleading

That it is so much more than a sport: it creates strong, confident athletes due to its inclusiveness and the support you get from being a part of a team. 

MEGAN ALLSOP

Coach

Megan is a qualified Cheer Coach Levels 1-3.

Years involved in Cheerleading

9

Proudest Coaching Moment

When one of the teams I coached hit a zero deduction routine and came 1st out of 9 teams.

GEORGIA GAMBLES-SHELDON

Coach

Georgia is a qualified Cheer Coach Levels 1-3.

Years involved in Cheerleading

6

Proudest Coaching Moment

When one of the teams I coached last season hit their best ever routine at Nationals.

KATIE HOLLAND

Coach

Katie is a qualified Cheer Coach Levels 1&2.

Years involved in Cheerleading

7

Proudest Coaching Moment

Watching a team of new athletes compete at a big competition for the first time. 

 

SUPPORT STAFF

CATHY VARLEY

Safeguarding Officer

Cathy ensures that the safety and wellbeing of our athletes is at the core of our practice. Cathy is available to meet with our staff, our athletes and their families to provide support and intervention should they have any concerns or difficulties.

Cathy is Team Support Manager for: 

Little Gems (Tiny Novice)

Rubies (Youth 2)

Ladies of Steel (International Open 4)

SALLY WESTNEDGE

Programme Support Officer

Sally offers support and advice to our staff, athletes and their families. If you have a question regarding training, competitions or general information, Sally is on hand to provide you with the answers!

Sally is Team Support Manager for:

Little Gems (Tiny Novice)

Opal Princesses (Mini Prep 1)

Chrome (Youth 1)

Rose Gold (Senior 2)

Crystal Queens (International Junior 3)

 

PRE-QUALIFIED COACHES AND ASSISTANT COACHES

Athletes within the CMA Leadership Programme

NIAMH ALCOCK

GRACIE CHAPPELL

EMILY FAULKNER

GRACE MCGLOIN

CHARLOTTE PAYNE

JULIETTE SCHOFIELD

GRETA VARLEY

JASMINE WESTNEDGE

ERIN WOODS

IOLA HARPER

CHARLIE RAMSDEN

BECCA YOUNG

 

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