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THE LITTLE GYM Den Haag


  

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_VIVIANVivian

Gym director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- There are many favorite stories when I think back about the years I’ve been part of The Little Gym. And since I’ve been connected with The Little Gym for such a long time, there is not a specific ‘favourite’ story but probably a combination of stories. But the fact that I still surprise people when I talk about my ‘job’ is probably the best story. It seems hard for some to understand that there is something like this, to enjoy waking up in the morning because I can go to The Little Gym and do what I like best. It’s my favorite thing to do and therefore it doesn't feel like a job, but more like a hobby. A 40  hour per week hobby!

How did you get interested in sports?
- As a young girl I wanted to do gymnastics only because of the beautiful leotard. But soon I realized it was hard work and it required a lot of determination. Still I loved every minute of it, even the blisters on my hands after a bar routine. I was mediocre, but only after my 14th birthday I got the hang of it and began to win big tournaments. Too late… still I learned a lot about myself during this period in life and I also learned to not give up if you really want something.

I didn’t really like school, so although I didn’t want to become physical education teacher, I still started the Sports Academy to become one. And I’m glad I did!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I like to spend time with my children, partner and the rest of our family. Have an outdoor breakfast or go to the beach enjoying the weather is our favorite way to spend a free day.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Good food, good wine, a good salsa dance and good company.


Where ​have you lived?
- I’m born in a little village in the south of The Netherlands, Tegelen and have lived in Reuver until I was 18. I moved to Tilburg and later to Estoril in Portugal when it was time for my final traineeship. After my graduation I found a job at The Little Gym of Amsterdam and live in the capital for four year. I then moved back to the south; Eindhoven. After travelling the world for a year we settled down in Leiden, where we still live.

               

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_ANGELOAngelo

Programme director


How did you get interested in sports?
- It all started with Soccer. After a couple of years my interests shifted towards the Martial Arts. For several years I practiced Judo, Taekwondo, Wushu and Kickboxing in consecutive order. Around the age of 18 I started with Gymnastics, a relative old age for Gymnastics, but with a lot of determination I spent more time on gymnastics than on anything else. I still look back on that period with a lot of Fun!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- At the moment I enjoy spending most of my free time on studying, especially because it means I get to read which I love to do! I also enjoy a class of yoga every week together with my girlfriend and I make an active effort to meet my friends for a lunch or game of ’30 Seconds’.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Books! If I am not moving I am reading. Depending on my interest at the moment I will read something on cultural anthropology, child development or a classic novel; I loved Anna Karenina by Tolstoi.

Where ​have you lived?
- I was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We lived there until I was 19 and then the family moved to Almere in The Netherlands. After my studies of Human Movement Sciences, Msc, I moved to London to work for a year at The Little Gym of Chiswick. And now I thoroughly enjoy living in Benoordenhout in The Hague.
          

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_ FRANKAFranka

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- There are just too many stories to tell, working with kids is a joy every day, because of the progression that I see them make in every class. My personal favorites are the Funny Bugs that learn to have fun in class without one of the parents inside. Seeing them to participate in the program is wonderful to see. Or when a child is afraid to do a new trick, and they have so much confidence in me as a teacher that they will do the trick anyway and succeed.

How did you get interested in sports?
- Well… I never really was a big sports fan. I did it mostly because I had to. Until I started working at The Little Gym and I realized that exercising is so much more than just a physical activity, iit does so much for you mental health as well

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- Because I have a 2 year old daughter I don’t really have much of free time, but when I do I love to go out and have lunch. And on the days that I’m not working you can find me in places like the zoo or a playground with my little girl.

​What can't you live without? ​
- My family!

Where ​have you lived?
- Leiderdorp, because I worked at a youth detention centre that was closer to Leiderdorp then Rotterdam.

  

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_ROBINRobin

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- Thinking back of all those Little Gym moments from the last 5 years, I need to say there are quite a lot. I don’t really know which story to tell, but I have about thousands of great memories. Thinking of all the shy children that came in the gym, and all those self confident, comfortable children who they turned in to. But I’m thinking of those moms and dads as well, who were too scared to do anything with their little ones as they were only little babies. Now those moms and dads have improved so much and they are very comfortable with their little ones in the gym! Such great moments for me as an instructor to think back at.

How did you get interested in sports?
- Ever since I was a little girl I was inspired by the ballerina’s I saw on TV. Those leotards they were wearing! I wanted to have those as well. I loved my time as a little ballerina, although I joined in gymnastics a few years later. I loved to do gymnastics as well, wearing my amazing leotards! At this moment I don’t do gymnastics myself anymore, but I’m still a gymnastics teacher.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love to go out for dinner, watch a movie or enjoy myself in a fun park. Also I love laying on the couch all day watching series (mostly Grey’s anatomy).

​What can't you live without? ​
- My friends, family and boyfriend (and my two rabbits; Nelis and Noortje)

Where ​have you lived?
- I have lived in The Hague, where I was born. Later on I moved to Nootdorp. In March 2014 I moved to Rijswijk, where I live together with my boyfriend.

  

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_ANNEAnne

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I just started working at The Little gym, but I love the happy faces when I am teaching!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I started with athletics because I needed a place to get rid of my energy. After 5 years I got an ankle injury and I was forced to stop. I was looking for a sport that I can do without using my foot, so I decided to go mountain biking. Until I saw my friend doing cartwheels! I went to a gymnastics club, now I am doing gymnastics for over 4 years.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love to meet my friends and go shopping or have lunch somewhere. In the evening I love to party!

​What can't you live without? ​
- Delicious food (for example the kipnuggets from the Mac Donalds, I love them!), a good party and my family.

Where ​have you lived?
- I am born in the Hague and after less than a year, I moved to Ypenburg. Now I am living with my parents and sister in Ypenburg.

   

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_DAFNEDafne

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I just started working at The Little Gym so it is hard to think of a favorite story yet. But I love to see happy faces during and after the classes and camps and getting a big hug at the end.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I did a lot of different sports while I was young. I started gymnastics at 3. I also did some short-track, judo and athletics. But gymnastics was always my number 1 sport. Wakeboarding and snowboarding are one of my favorite sports now. And sometimes I follow a trampoline fitness class (I like to try out new things)

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love to hang out with my little niece and nephew. They are so cute (they look like their aunty????) I also like being outside, go to the beach and dream about where my next trip will take me.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Family, friends, my passport.

Where ​have you lived?
- I’ve lived in Dordrecht until I was 20, then I moved to Amsterdam and after my study I lived and worked in Whistler (Canada) for a year. And now I live in Rotterdam.

  

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_MILOUMilou

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- My most memorable experience so far at The Little Gym is that I did a gymnastic demonstration with my gymnastics friend at the Sinterklaas party. Before that I had never heard of The Little Gym, but I was immediately impressed. I had never expected to end up with the greatest job with the nicest team I could ever wish for.

How did you get interested in sports?
- The first sport I did was twirlen. I was really excited to see how I was able to push my body to it’s limits. Also I loved to compete in front of a big crowd. But I wanted a new challenge and that’s how I got into gymnastics. I start doing gymnastics when I was 7 years old. Currently I am still doing gymnastics. I will never forget that feeling when I first walked into the gymnastics hall!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love cosy evenings with my friends. But I also enjoy being a couch potato and do absolutely nothing.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Family, friends, delicious food and sports.

Where ​have you lived?
- I was born in China, but when I was 1.5 years old I’ve been adopted. Since I have lived in Nootdorp, where I am still currently living.

 

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_PETERPeter

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- So many stories to tell... 

How did you get interested in sports?
- Since the age of four I’ve been very much into sports. I started with basketball and later volleyball, gymnastics and martial arts. I’m very versatile person especially when I’m practicing sports and it’s safe to say that I enjoy every single bit of it!

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I love to play, listen and compose music. Music is a big part of my life and most likely always will be. Apart from the music I love to spend time with my friends and family, play video and board games, and on a free day or after a day of work I love hanging on the couch!

​What can't you live without? ​
- There are a couple things I can’t do without which are: music, sports, my family and especially my girlfriend Mandy!

Where ​have you lived?
- Most of my life I’ve lived in Maassluis. For about a year I’ve lived in Rotterdam but I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped, so I moved back. Right now I’m looking for a new house in Vlaardingen which very much appeals to me!

  

TLG_Den_Haag_Staff_NIENKENienke

Instructor 

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- So many stories to tell... 

How did you get interested in sports?
- I started ballet when I was 5 years old. During the ballet lessons, I always prefered to do handstands, forward rolls and cartwheels. A friend told me she started gymnastics and showed me her beautiful leotard. The same day I asked my mom if I could join a gymnastic class as well. Since the first moment I was in the gym I was enthusiastic. After a short waiting list I started gymnastic classes when I was 7 years old. I am doing gymnastics for about 10 years now and I still like it a lot. I also like to teach gymnastics to younger kids 2 times a week.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time I love to surround myself with family and friends. Watching a movie, going out for diner, party’s or shopping. I love to workout, but I also enjoy lying on the couch with a nice movie.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can't live without people, like my parents, brother and friends. I also can't live without good food.

Where ​have you lived?
- I was born in Delft and I already live my whole live in Ypenburg, The Hague.