Claire And Mark Smoker - Directors of Harbourside Gymnastics Academy

Claire has been a coach for the last 15 years Mark is new to coaching but now a level 2 general gymnastics coach.

You will normally find her in reception and the  cafe area she is your main port of call for any advice,concerns or questions.

Caire and Mark also own gym factor where they supply gymnastics equiptment and ship all across europe. 

Mark, he is a level 1 general gymnastics coach. Mark  loves coaching the boys on a saturday. Mark & Claire  also own Gym Factor LTD a gymnastics equiptment company o if you require equipment for home practice then please speak to them for advice.

Frances Smoker - Director and HEAD COACH

Frances is an IGA Gymnastics level 4 womens artistic and British Gymnastics level 3 module 1 General Gymnastics coach and Disability qualified coach. Double mini trampoline coach and on the IGA BOARD where she mentors coaches and runs courses. She is also a qualifid artistic gymnastics judge. Along with that she has got community sports leadership award level 2 and Higher sports leadership award level 3. Frances also holds a 2:1 degree BA(Hons) Physical Education

 Frances has been participating in gymnastics and trampolining since the age of 6 winning numerous medals in competitions across Sussex and English and National league. In 2014 Frances fell in love with DMT (double mini trampoline) discipline. As she had previously done trampolining and gymnastics dmt came naturally to her. Frances has competed in competitions across Great Britain winning a number of titles including English silver champion 2015 and 2016. She became National League Champion in 2016. In 2018 and 2019 Frances got selected to represent the south-east gymnastics team and competed in Birmingham winning herself a bronze medal in 2018/19 and landed herself a spot in the Nationals finals where she got herself a silver medal 2018/19. Frances was also given the opportunity to represent her club and the county in an international competition held in the UK where she came 2nd.

Anna-Belle Smoker  HEAD COACH

- Level 2 general gymnastics coach training to level 3 womans artistic.

Floor and Vault and Intermediate squad squad coach and bugee fitness instructor.

Head of pre school gymnastics and our acro coach.

Anna is also the daughter of Claire and Mark. . Anna is the floor and vault squad coach and Advanced Squad coach, she also teaches recreational,pre school  classes. Anna used to compete in gymnastics along side her sister Frances. 

Lara- Intermediate Squad Coach

Lara is a level 3 Womens Artistic coach passing her level in July 23!! Qualified artistic judge.

Lara has been a professional dancer since a young age and is passionate about the sport of gymnastics. She coaches recreatiional classes and Little Warriors  our mini parkour class.Lara has 2 boys and Reuben her youngest is in the Boys Squad. Lara also went to the university of Brighton were she studdied contempory dance and got a degree.

Lara is also our safe guarding officer and will deal with any concerns that the gymnasts may have not just in the gym but at home school or anything that may be troubling them.

Lara takes the advanced squad and Development squad.

Sophie Burns - Level 2 Gymnastics coach. Qualified trampoline level 2 coach. Qualified artist judge.

Reliable, passionate gymnastics coach with over 15 years experience working in 5 different clubs. Sophie is here to share her skills and knownledge to help gymnasts to develop their ability and succeed their goals! Sophie used to be a gymnast herself compting in a number of competitions.

Sophie is the Mini Squad Coach. 


Qualifications: BTEC Sport, Level 2 Gymnastics Coach


Georgia is a level 2 general gymnastics coach and a level 2 trampoline coach.

Georgia has been a dancer since tha age of 4 years old. She started gymnastics as a young child but only got into competitive gymnastics at 12 years old. Georgia has done coaching at previous gymnastics clubs and really enjoyed it. Shes excited to learn more in the profession of coaching and is working towards her IGA coaching levels. She is also one of our competative floor and vault squad gymnasts.

Georgia is the mini squad coach. 

Maddie - Level 2 Gymnastics coach

Maddie has always been involved in some sort of gymmanstics or dance since a young age she is very keen to pass on her love of performing and sporting activity. You will see Maddie in the gym in our recreational classes. She is working hard towards her IGA gymnastics coaching levels

Olivia Toms Our Level 1 General Gymnastics coach.

Olivia is one of our young leader coaches. Liv has been doing gymnastics for many years now and is the main squad training for competitions. You will mostly see Liv in the gym coaching on a monday and training on wednesday, thursday and friday.