The Little Gym of Cobham offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Our trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.
My husband and I first discovered The Little Gym in the Westfield Mall with our youngsters nearly a decade ago. We dreamed of how amazing it would be to have a Little Gym near our home in Esher. A few years later, coincidentally, our youngest son, an August born baby, had just turned 4 and started reception. He was an extremely shy child who struggled to look adults in the eye. A school mum noticed how he and I were facing the challenge of separation anxiety and she recommended The Little Gym – a confidence building, child development, gymnastics programme.
We started classes and instantly witnessed the benefits. Our boys were becoming physically stronger and were performing to audiences whilst their confidence just blossomed. They weren’t just learning gymnastics, they were learning how to follow instructions, how to listen, how to work in a team and even skills to complement their Maths and English.
Within a few months, we embarked on opening our own Little Gym! It was a super adventure. The children loved mastering front flips, back handsprings, cartwheels etc in a fun non-competitive environment. I was keen to perpetuate what I’d learned as a child through acrobatics and was excited about the prospect of delivering classes in a premium facility.
In our gym, we want each child to feel loved and valued, building their self-esteem and confidence on a personal level. We help to build their bodies and brains, as well as their social and emotional skills. This way we help them build a foundation of skills that will last a lifetime.
We have a carefully selected team of experts who are passionate about realising the potential of each child by harnessing their inner talent and, although, we offer a non-competitive approach to teaching gymnastics, many of our instructors have competed and succeeded on the world stage!
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At The Little Gym, our environment is fun, but our purpose is serious. That’s why we embrace a proprietary philosophy called Three-Dimensional Learning, in which physical activity is a conduit for nurturing your whole child. The Three-Dimensional Learning approach to skill development means that every class we offer fosters growth in three holistic dimensions—Brain Boost!, Get Moving! and Life Skills! Read on to see how each dimension of learning helps your child grow into a well-rounded, well-adjusted child.
Developing flexibility, strength, balance and coordination through varied physical activities.
Nurturing listening skills, concentration and decision-making that benefit your child well beyond the gym.
Promoting sharing, teamwork, cooperation and leadership through spending time with friends and peers.
An innovative educator, musician and kinesiologist, Robin Wes envisioned a nurturing place where children could explore their physical development while also growing socially, emotionally and intellectually. He opened the first The Little Gym in 1976 in Bellevue, Washington and infused those early classes with the same positive, non-competitive spirit that characterises us today. Forty years later, children in more than 300 locations worldwide experience the Serious Fun of The Little Gym.
The Little Gym concept is born as Robin Wes opens his first gym
The Little Gym begins franchising
Over 300 locations in 25 countries
Expansion reaches six continents with European locations in 12 countries