Becky Hampson has been my aerial hoop instructor from the beginning. When I started hoop classes with her, despite my advanced years and lack of any relevant experience, Becky made me feel very welcome. It wouldn't have taken much to put me off, but Becky made me feel safe, included, and at home, for which I will always be hugely thankful to her. Becky teaches in Congleton, Lowton and Westhoughton.
Spin City provide excellent, very carefully designed, accredited courses in aerial fitness instruction. They provide good support for students taking their courses, and the assessments are thorough, sympathetic, and very well executed. I am very grateful to Spin City for providing me with a professional framework within which to work as an aerial hoop instructor. Special thanks go to Kate Edwards (Owner Director), Jo Maudsley (Head Assessor), and Becky Campey (Training Leader).
I took NCFE Level 2 Gym Instruction and NCFE Level 3 Personal Trainer certificates at Kendal College in 2017-2018 as an evening class. The classes and assessments were very interesting and useful, and I was made very welcome and comfortable, despite being old enough to be the mother of the other students, and despite not being a gym bunny. Special thanks to tutor James Saxon who has extraordinary people skills and great professional knowledge and expertise.
The Bendrigg Trust is a residential centre that provides outdoor activity courses for disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages and abilities. Bendrigg has some wonderful facilities and expertise and they have opened their doors and hearts to allow Outoftheblue to hold classes in their sports hall. Bendrigg is celebrating its 40th year this year. We are very privileged to have this chance to dance in such a special place. The sports hall ceiling is 8 metres high. Oooh what a circus-y feeling. Thank you, Bendrigg and Dave Hollingham in particular.
When I moved to Cumbria I couldn't find an aerial hoop class near me so I looked for somewhere I could hang my hoop and practise alone. Westmorland CrossFit in Kendal town centre came to my rescue with a great space and open minds. I don't think they had seen aerial hoop before I turned up. Now they are welcoming Outoftheblue aerial hoop classes into their newly refurbished functional gym area. It's a lovely big space with masses of light. Thank you so much, Liam Dobson and Lisa Screen.