At HGA we have a team of highly qualified and experienced coaches trained to British Gymnastics standard.
Natasha Maxwell, as our Director of Coaching overseas all areas of coaching from recreational to our elite gymnasts. Her team of coaches includes a number of former championship gymnasts who provide a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience, backed up with British Gymnastic qualifications.
All our coaches hold the appropriate level of child protection security checks including DBS and Safeguarding certificates.
Natasha Maxwell – Natasha is our Director of Coaching, founder and joint owner of Harefield Gymnastics Academy. As an international, high performance coach, Natasha has been involved in gymnastics and gymnastic coaching for most of her life. She began her coaching career when she was just 15 years old and has coached ‘Team GB’ for acrobatic and European games. Prior to founding HGA, Natasha was head Acrobatic Coach at Harrow Gymnastics Club.
Ventsi Genov – Ventsi is an intenational, high performance coach for acrobatic gymnastics and has been coaching gymnastics for over 31 years. Ventsi has been instrumental in coaching gymnasts to achieve medal success at both European and World Championships, during his long career as a coach. He also achieved great medal success himself as an acrobatic gymnast, collecting over 30 individual medals at European and World Championships and at World Cup level. Ventsi is also an assessor for British Gymnastics coaching exams and a great asset to the HGA Coaching Team.
Rachael Prest– Rachael is a senior coach and has been associated with the Academy since it was set up in 2006. Rachael was one of HGA’s elite performance gymnasts, having moved to HGA at the age of 14. She went on to compete as part of the Great Britain national team, winning gold at the European Championships. Rachael has a degree in Sports Science, is a qualified nutritionist and is a full time secondary school PE teacher.
Anita Bedwell – Anita has coached artistic and acrobatic gymnastics for over 25 years and joined HGA over 11 years ago. As well as her extensive coaching experience, Anita has a sports degree, is a qualified sports injury physiotherapist and also currently works as the ‘school sports co-ordinator’ for the Watford and Hertsmere Partnership. Before this Anita was a primary school teacher for 12 years.
Nicola Powell – Nicola is a senior coach in artistic and sports acrobatic gymnastics. She has over 24 years experience both squad and general gymnastics having started her coaching career at the age of 15. As a competitive gymnasts herself, Nicola competed and meddled at international level, competing for the Great Britain Tumbling Team. Nicola is a qualified physiotherapist and has worked at various private and NHS hospitals as well as local clinics.
Mel Smith – Mel is Head Coach for our HGA recreational squads overseeing all training and development. A successful gymnast herself, Mel competed at numerous regional, national and International competitions. In addition to her responsibility as Head of recreational gymnastics, Mel also works with our performance squad. She has been coaching for over 10 years.
Kathryn Bowra – Kathryn is a former international performance gymnast who has been with HGA since she began competing at the age of 10. Kathryn started her coaching career at the age of 14, when she began to coach on a voluntary basis while still competing at elite level. Kathryn has extensive experience of competitive gymnastics, competing at local, national and international level, in both a women’s pair and women’s trio. An experienced gymnast and qualified coach, Kathryn started coaching her first squad at the age of 16. She has since developed her coaching experience and now coaches a number of our recreational classes and squad groups.