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Our Coaches

Alton Trampoline Club have a terrific team of friendly and experienced coaches:

Mike Wakely Head Coach

Saturday & Thursday

Qualifications: Senior Club Coach DMT Senior Club Coach Performers with Disabilities First Aid
Judging: Regional Level Trampoline County Level DMT

Mike started coaching Trampolining in the late 90s, and is a keen sportsman who has also coached Football, Tennis and Archery. Mike grew up in Devon and it was there his passion for the sport grew through being involved in coaching at his local club. He has been involved in the South-West at East Devon High Flyers, Exeter University, and Wellington Whirlwinds, and was also invited to coach as part of the South-West Development Squad. He is currently in the process of taking his High Performance Coach qualification, having already passed the theory exam. He loves seeing people take part in and enjoy sport, and works hard to ensure that individuals development to their potential, whether performing or coaching.


Sylvia Comber Founder, Treasurer & Welfare Officer

Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Qualifications: Senior Club Coach DMT Club Coach Performers with Disabilities First Aid
Judging: County Level Trampoline County Level DMT

Sylvia is the founding member of Alton Trampoline Club, and having started coaching in 1989, she identified a gap in the local market and in 1990 Alton Trampoline Club was born! She has shown remarkable dedication and commitment. She was rewarded for her dedication to Trampolining by being chosen to carry the Olympic Torch in 2012 – one of the proudest moments of her life! In 2013 Sylvia was awarded the ‘Brian Barton’ award for Service to Sport at the Alton & District Sports Council (ADSC) Awards 2013, for the effort and commitment she has shown in enabling people to take part in Trampolining. In 2017 she was shortlisted at the British Gymnastics National Awards. Sylvia is also Disability Officer on the committee for the Southern Region.


Clare Wakely

Saturday

Qualifications: Level 3 Tech Module 3
Judging: County Level Trampoline County Level DMT

Clare has been part of ATC since it first began, and despite a stint at Uni has never left us! She developed as a performer right up to competing in the National grades and the BUSA Finals. The passion and enthusiasm for the sport led to her becoming co-captain of Exeter University Trampoline Club from 2006 – 2007. Clare started coaching over 11 years ago, and completed her Level 3 Module 3 assessment in March 2015.

As well as coaching, Clare was previously Club Secretary and, through the work that she does for the Club, resulted in her winning the East Hampshire Sports Volunteer of the Year award in 2013 (2nd place in 2014) and winning the Alton & District Sports Council ‘Volunteer of the Year award in both 2013 and 2014 consecutively.


Lisa Tope

Saturday & Thursday

Qualifications: Level 3 Tech Module 1 Performers with Disabilities

Lisa became a coach at Alton in the late 2000s after thoroughly enjoying the adult sessions we ran. As well as being an experienced coach, Lisa is also a qualified physiotherapist. Lisa had a brief break away from the sport and then started back up again after she introduced her son to the sport, and has since progressed through and obtained further coaching qualifications, included her Module 1 in 2015, and is working on her Module 2. She still continues to train with the club as well.


Stuart Sharpe Welfare Officer

Sunday

Qualifications: Level 2 Coach
Judging: Club Level Trampoline
Competing: National Level

A popular member of the Club and a BRITISH CHAMPION, Stuart started back in 2004 and has been with the club ever since. As a competitor he has reached the National level, and he remains an active competitor in both Trampolining and DMT, competing in the National Gala events in Trampolining. 2016 saw Stuart win the Mens Disability Category A event at the British Championship for the 2nd year in a row and in 2015 he won the Double Mini-Trampoline Level 6 group at the National Finals! Stuart passed his UKCC Level 2 coaching course in 2014 and in 2017 won the ADSC ‘Male Coach of the Year’ and East Hampshire ‘Disability Sportsman of the Year’.


James Acott

Thursday

Qualifications: Level 2 Coach
Judging: Club Level Trampoline

James founded the Trampoline Club at Central Lancashire back in the early 2000s. While at University James competed in the BUSA Finals and also represented the Uni at European competitions. James was brought back to the sport through his young children, who both followed in his footsteps and took an immediate liking to the Trampoline from their very first jump!


Lee Parrott

Saturday & Sunday

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach

Lee started helping at the Club when her son joined, having previously taken part in the Saturday afternoon Sports Centre sessions. Lee showed great desire and determination to become a qualified coach, and undertook her training while recovering from a broken ankle to successfully qualify in July 2015. She has enjoyed coaching so much she is also working towards her Level 2 qualification. As well as coaching and being one of the Social Secs, Lee has also demonstrated other talents, as Vicky, Lisa and herself have also produced some amazing cakes at previous club socials!


Pete Walley

Saturday

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach
Competing: National Trampoline League 3

Pete has been a gymnast with the club for many years now, and has recently competed in the National Trampoline League events, qualifying through to the Finals in both 2016 and 2017. Having previously taken the Trampoline Proficiency Award course, Pete took his Level 1 coach assessment alongside his 6th Form exams in July 2015 and has progressed on to starting his Level 2 coaching course.


Jonathan Minifie

Saturday

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach

Jonathan trained with the club as a junior member for many years, and took his coaching qualification following the completion of his college course in 2015.


Seren Irwin

Saturday

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach

Seren has been a member at the club since she was in Primary School, and has grown & improved with the club over the years. She successfully passed her coaching qualification in 2016 shortly after great success with her GCSEs. Her effort and her ability as a coach were recognised when she won the Alton & District Sports Council ‘Junior Volunteer’ award in 2017.


Chloe Foster

Saturday

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach

Another of our members who has grown up with the club. Chloe started assisting as part of her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and won both the Alton & District Sports Council and the East Hampshire ‘Junior Volunteer of the Year’ awards in 2015.


Jasmine Sibley

Sunday

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach

Jasmine returned to the club in 2017, having trained and been part of the club for many years. Her bubbly and friendly personality resonates well with everyone around her, we’re delighted to welcome her back.



Andy Johnson

Ad-hoc

Qualifications: Level 2 Coach Performers with Disabilities First Aid
Judging: Club Level Trampoline

Andy was once a parent standing and watching his son train every week when he suddenly thought “I could do that”. He has since progressed up to being a Level 2 Coach. His efforts, passion and enthusiasm for trampolining and the club saw him win the ‘Volunteer of the Year‘ award at the 2014 East Hampshire Sports Awards and the ‘Volunteer of the Year‘ at the 2015 Alton & District Sports Council Awards. Andy took over as Club Chairman from 2013-2016 and has tremendous enthusiasm towards ensuring that everyone enjoys the sport.


Simon Hall

Ad-hoc

Qualifications: Senior Club Coach DMT

Simon coached at Alton Trampoline Club for over 15 years before deciding to leave in order to spend more time with his family, although he returns occasionally when he can.


Lauren Rietzler

Ad-hoc

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach

Lauren started at Alton Trampoline Club over 10 years ago and trained hard for many years as a performer. Following a break for a few years, Lauren came back and in 2014 took her coaching qualification. She triumphant return to competing in 2014 by taking part in her 1st regional competition in over 5 years, where she came in 1st place and subsequently won the highest form score of the year at the Club.


Angel Knowles

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach

As well as training herself, Angel started helping with sessions in 2014 as part of her GCSEs, scoring top marks for coaching. She has continued to help coach both at Club sessions and also on the recreational sessions run by Alton Sports Centre, and passed her Level 1 assessment in July 2015. She went off to University in September 2016 and is currently in the middle of her studies.


Mark ‘Mc’ McDowall

Ad-hoc

Qualifications: Level 1 Coach First Aid

Following his teenage daughter’s love for the sport, ‘Mc’ started taking a further interest in coaching. Mc is an ex-Army member, who is also a qualified Archery instructor. Mc coached regularly at the club for many years before stopping a regular session, although you may see him around from time-to-time.


Harry, James, Scott & Katherine

Helpers

Qualifications: Training Proficiency

Harry, James, Scott & Katherine are all enthusiastic members who assist during training sessions and are looking to attain their coaching qualifications in the future. They have attended the Trampoline Proficiency Coaching course.


Alton Trampoline Club aims to support the continued development of its coaches and also encourages anyone who wishes to get involved in coaching, judging, or officiating. We have a strong mentoring system, and all of our coaches are happy to support others in their development. If you would like to get involved, or have any questions then please contact us.