Meet the Team

CAROLINE GRAY
Club Manager

Caroline started Astro in 1996, originally in a number of sports centres and schools in West Lothian, before moving into our own facility in 2012. Caroline was the head coach until 2015 when she took on the role of Club Manager.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 4
Pre-school Gymnastics Coach – Level 3
Tumble Coach – Level 3

FIONA FYFE
Head of Performance
Fiona has been an Astro member since she was 11 yrs old. She was a member of the Scottish performance squads in 2010-11 and competed for Scotland in the 2011 Celtic Cup, contributing towards Scotlands win. She began coaching at age 15 and has been instrumental in building the competition and display sections of Astro. Fiona’s role involves planning and delivering the competition and display sessions and events at Astro.

BA (Hons) Dance & Choreography
Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 4
Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Pre-school Gymnastics Coach
Disability Gymnastics Coach
Regional Judge

SARAH NIMMO
Performance Coach
Sarah started off life as an Artistic Gymnast but we were fortunate that she came to Astro for work experience while in college and has been with us ever since! Although her competition days were over by then she did join Astro Eden to perform for a few years. She has been instrumental in building the competition and recreational sections at Astro. She is also a whizz with the sewing machine and has made hundreds of fabulous costumes and competition leotards for the lucky gymnasts of Astro over the years!

HND – Sports Coaching & the Development of Sport
BSc – Sport & Exercise Science (Sports Coaching)
Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach- Level 3
Pre-school Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach

LOUISE RAMAGE
Performance Coach
Louise has been an Astro member since she was 3 yrs old! She was a member of the Scottish performance squads in 2010-11 and competed for Scotland in the 2011 Celtic Cup, contributing towards Scotlands win. She began coaching at age 15 and has been instrumental in building the recreational and competition sections of Astro. Louise’s new role involves planning the pre-school and recreational gymnastics curriculum at Astro as well as her continuing role in the competition section.

HND – Sports Coaching & the Development of Sport
Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach- Level 3
Pre-school Gymnastics Coach – Level 2 Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach
BabyGym Coach

LORNA FYFE
Lead Coach, Recreational, Pre-school, Disabilities and Development
Lorna has been with Astro since the age of 10 and had a successful competitive career. She started coaching around age 16 and in recent years has been invaluable in our pre-school session, creating lots of exciting lesson plans and theme for our youngest gymnasts. She has recently started coaching in the competitive groups and with the Additional Support Needs Schools that come to Astro.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 3
Pre-School Gymnastics Coach – Level 2 Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
BabyGym Coach
Disability Gymnastics Coach

NICOLE HIGGINSON
LEAD COACH, Recreational, Freestyle & Performance
Nicole has been a member of Astro since age 10 and had a long and successful competitive career before retiring to coach full time in 2019, although she is still a member of Astro Eden. Nicole now coaches the FIG section of the competition group and Astro Republic display team as well as several recreational classes and the Additional Support Needs Schools that attend Astro.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 3
Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach

LYNETTE RITCHIE
Lead Coach, Pre-school. Membership Secretary
Lynette had a previous gymnastics background became interested in coaching when her daughter Holly joined Astro. She is now a level 2 coach and club judge and we are so glad to have her here! Lynette coaches in our pre-school and recreational sections and also does much of the administration at Astro.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach

JENNIFER GORDON
Lead Coach, Recreational
Jen has been a members of Astro since age 8 and had a long and successful competitive career before retiring to coach full time in 2017, although she is still a member of Astro Eden. Jen now coaches in the pre-school, recreational and Teen classes as well as studying Criminology at Uni.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 2 Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach

CAITLIN HIGGINSON
Lead Coach, Recreational & Performance
Caitlin has been a member of Astro since age 8 and had a long and successful competitive career before retiring to coach full time in 2017, although she is still a member of Astro Eden. Caitlin now coaches in the competition group and as well as several pre-school and recreational classes including the Teen and Adult class which she was instrumental in setting up in 2018. She also coaches for the Teen display team Astro Aspire.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach -Level 2 Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach

EMMA MELVILLE
Lead Coach, Recreational & Performance
Emma has been a member of Astro since age 6 and had a long and successful competitive career before retiring to coach full time in 2017. Emma now coaches in the competition group and Astro Bella display team as well as several recreational classes.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 2 Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach

HOLLY MIDDLETON
Lead Coach, Teen, Adult, ASN, Recreational & Pre-school. Head of Inclusion
Holly has been a member of Astro since age 2 and had a long and successful competitive career before retiring to coach full time in 2016, although she is still a member of Astro Eden. Holly now coaches in the pre-school and recreational classes including the Teen and Adult class which she was instrumental in setting up in 2018. She also coaches for the Teen display team Astro Aspire and for the Additional Support Needs Schools who attend Astro. Holly’s additional role is as a contact for inclusion at Astro for families of gymnasts with who may need additional support at Astro.

Acrobatic Gymnastics – Level 2 Freestyle Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach
Pre-school Gymnastics Coach
HNC Acting and Performance

DELLA ROBB
Lead Coach, Recreational
Della has been a members of Astro since age 12 and had a successful competitive and display career before beginning to coach. Although Della has a full time job elsewhere, we are delighted that she continues to coach at Astro as well as being a qualified judge.

Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach – Level 2
Disability Gymnastics Coach

LAURA HODGE
Financial Controller
Laura has been a members of Astro since age 5 and had a long and successful competitive career. Laura worked at HMRC and RBS for many years before coming back to work at Astro in 2018. We are delighted to have her here looking after our finances and keeping us all in line!

NIKKI MASLEN
Safeguarding Officer
Nikki is the club Child Protection and Welfare Coordinator. Nikki works in conjunction to the club to deal with all aspects welfare within the club. Within her remit is the following:

  • Ensure all persons working with children, young people and vulnerable adults at the club are fully aware of what is required of them within the guidelines of the Associations Code of Practice
  • Be the first point of contact for coaches, helpers, parents and gymnasts on any issues concerning the well being of the club members, (poor practice or potential alleged abuse).
  • Liaise closely with the clubs trainee coaches, ensuring that the agreed procedures for the prevention of risk are followed
  • Act as adviser, when required, to the clubs management committee on matters of policy & procedures related to Child Protection
  • Ensure that all coaches and relevant officials, have the opportunity to access CP training Ensure that all incidents are correctly recorded and reported in accordance with SGA policy and procedures

If you have any queries regarding this or need to liaise with Nikki she can be contacted in confidence here.

Astro Gymnastics Board of Trustees:

Karen Gordon, Chair

Caroline Gray, Vice Chair

Elaine Mackie, Secretary

Alan Middleton, Financial Director

Joanne Edmiston-Mann, Volunteer Co-ordinator

Julie-Ann Murphy, Human Resources