Claire And Mark Smoker - Directors of Harbourside Gymnastics Academy

Claire has been a coach for the last 15 years and is a level 1 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

Meet Head Coach Frances. 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.

Frances is a Uk Gymnastics level 3 womens artistic and British Gymnastics level 3 module 1 General Gymnastics coach and Disability qualified coach. 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 is also an ambassador and model for Milano Pro-Sport.

Anna-Belle Smoker - Cafe Manager, Trampoline coach, Gymnastics coach Floor and Vault squad coach and bugee fitness instructor

Anna is also the daughter of Claire and Mark. . Anna is the cafe manager, soft play and party organiser and preschool teacher. Anna used to compete in gymnastics along side her sister Frances. 

Sophie Burns - Intermediate squad coach

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.


Qualifications: BTEC Sport, Level 2 Gymnastics Coach


Amy Wells - Intermediate Squad coach, Cheer coach and Bungee fit instructor

Meet coach Amy who is a level 1 general gymnastics coach. She also has a cheerleading level 1 and 2 qualification and hopes to use her skills in dance and gymnastics to bring something new to the cheer world. Amy has trained in Gymnastics & Acro for a few years and has been helping with coaching since she was 12. Amy has trained in dance since she was 3 throughout this time has learned a variety of styles of dance and competed in many competitions. Amy is currently part of a street dance crew who compete at various competitions throughout the year including Europeans in Germany & The World Championships in Blackpool in which they came 3rd. They have also just qualified again for the european championships in may. Amy really enjoys coaching and finds it very rewarding. Amy is about to go to Univeristy of Brighton to study to become a PE and dance teacher.


Sarah Townsend - Mini Squad Coach

Meet Coach Sarah British Gymnastics Level 1. Sarah competed in Gymnastics for many years across the south of England winning numerous medals. She then found her love for coaching and has inspired many gymnasts. Sarah is our Mini Squad coach She is currenty a teachers assistance in a local school. Sarah is fully safegarded trained, food and hygine and a first aider.

Myles- General gymnastics coach and Boys Compeitive squad coach

I originally fell in love with sport through attending athletics from the age of 4 I took to it straight away and within a year I was already competing in competitions.

I was a pentathlete which consisted of 5 events 100m hurdle sprint, high jump, shot put, long jump and a 800m race. I enjoyed athletics because of the flexibility of it as you weren’t tied down to one exact event. This lead me to trying many different sports etc football, cricket, gymnastics and trampolining. Around the age of 12-13 after the gymnastics and trampolining added a spring to my step I finally got called up to represent Sussex county athletics in the high jump and the long jump being my 2 strongest events.

As the years went on I slowly started to commit to my football more and more being my main sport throughout secondary school. At 17 I began boxing to increase my fitness for football however I fell in love with it straight away, more than I had done with any other sport. The fact that it was an indoor sport might have persuaded me abit also after 2years of boxing I aspire to be the greatest / highest level I can be and eventually become pro.

I hold a level 2 fitness instructors qualification.


Kaite Beck- Gymnastics Coach, Music and movement Teacher and Bungee fit instructor

Katie is a professional singer and dancer who performed on cruise ship contracts, UK tours, theatre and the odd appearance on TV and film. She is a devoted mother to her young daughter Wynter and is so excited to join the HGA team!

LAURA- Gymnastics coach

 Laura is a professionally trained dancer and since graduating from London studio centre in 2011 has worked on a number of cruise contracts around the world as well as various television and film appearances. Laura has recently finished her second UK tour, in the Irish show - Spirit of the Dance, in which she has also toured both Nationally and Internationally with. She is really happy to be here at Habour Gymnastics Academy.

KEZIA- Gymnastics coach

Kezia is a dancer and has danced for many years, from festivals to competitions and has done lots of pantos! Kezia is excited to start coaching at HGA. You can also see Kezia is the cafe on a saturday morning! 

Amy- Gymnastics coach

Amy has been coaching for a couple of years and is working towards her IGA gymastic coaching levels

Lara- Gymnastics Coach

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 intermediate squad. 

Georgia- Gymnastics 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.


Keeley- Gymnastics coach

Keeley is part of our Harbourside Gymnastics main squad and part of our young leader scheme. Keeley is excited to start her journey as a young leader and you will see her in the gym on fridays. 

Ella Saturday Gymnastics coach

Ella is our Saturday recreational coach. Ella used to participate in the sport of gymnastics and is very keen to pass on her enthusiasm for the sport to the next generation. She is working hard towards her IGA gymnastics coaching levels

Lauran Bye Performing Arts coach

Hi my name is Lauren, I trained at Tiffany theatre college and have been working as a professional dancer for just over 8 years...

I have now retired to teach as I have a little boy  but still have passion for performing and teaching others to do so too. 


In my musical theatre class we will be doing a warm up and dance based corner work.. Then each week we will be doing a song and dance number from various musical theatre shows, films and also some songs from Disney...  Each week we will work on something different to explore different areas of musical theatre...   This will be a fun class for all levels to enjoy 



Meet our young leaders!! You will mostly see the girls training in the gym! Our young leaders will be helping the coaches at holiday clubs and any events that will be taking place!