Like many owners at The Little Gym, I started my journey as a The Little Gym parent. We discovered The Little Gym when our daughter was 14 months old. To us, it was a magical place. It was bright and nurturing, and our faces would get sore from smiling during her class.
We quickly decided that this weekly class was important for our daughter’s soul, not just her motor skills. We could see that she wasn’t just learning gymnastics. Her teachers were using gymnastics to stimulate our daughter’s overall development and nurture important life skills.
At the time, I was in the 20th year of a successful career in marketing and advertising. I had been a consultant for some of the biggest blue-chip organisations in the world, such as Procter & Gamble, but The Little Gym brought another opportunity to my doorstep … an opportunity that I couldn’t resist.
The Little Gym tapped into my passion for children, music, fun and innovation. It also fed my desire to make the world a better place for children, and to help them blossom into happy and successful adults.
And the idea for The Little Gym Wemmel was born. We opened The Little Gym Wemmel franchise in April 2017. Within just two months we had hundreds of children grinning in our classes, and a host of grown-ups – parents who shared a mutual desire to support their children’s development – sharing coffee in our lobby.
At The Little Gym Wemmel, we use gymnastics as a very clever tool to develop the whole child. We complement what children learn academically at school by helping children to develop important life skills such as adaptability, courage, confidence, and creativity. Importantly, we help children learn how to trust themselves.
It’s not easy to get those critical life skills to stick in the brains of children. That’s where our fun and creative approach to learning is so powerful. We know that children learn best when they’re having fun. When children leave our classes with big smiles and sparkling eyes, we know that that they are having fun learning all those life skills that will help them blossom as individuals.
We have a family of three children coming to our gym, and the mother told me the other day, “I always need to ask two or three times for my kids to put on their shoes. Except when I say that we are going to The Little Gym. Then they are on in a flash!”
Making that positive difference to children and their parents… that really is my dream job. And I consider myself so lucky to have this wonderful opportunity to offer children and their families a second home at The Little Gym Wemmel.
We look forward to seeing you in the gym soon!
Catherine GuillickOwner – The Little Gym Wemmel