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THE LITTLE GYM

 
  

Gery_SofiaGery

Deputy gym director

Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- In just a few months I have collected so many favourite The Little Gym Stories, that I could write a book:) Each time a parent tells me how his kid wakes up every morning with the question “Is it Wednesday”  because he knows he will be coming to The Little Gym on Wednesday, it’s a new favorite story:)

How did you get interested in sports?
- I had a very active childhood. As most of the kids of my generation, I used to spend my days outdoors with the ball, the skipping rope and my bike. As I was growing up I was getting more and more interested in all kinds of sports. I wanted to try everything- mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, kickboxing, dancing and many more.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I adore photography. I absolutely lose track of time when I am in a photoshoot and the moment when I download the pictures on my computer always feel like opening a present. Like most of us, I also like spending time in the nature, travelling or just watching a good movie with the people I love. Sometimes, I enjoy spending time on my own too. There are times when nothing feels better than reading a good book or just doing nothing :)

​What can't you live without? ​
- I cannot live without hope.

  

Lilly_SofiaLilly

Program director
Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- Every day in the Little Gym I experience new surprising and unforgettable moments. All the smiles and happy faces of the children bring me so much positive energy. They develop their skills, build relationships, find friends and at the same time have fun. I really like hearing parents telling me “my child talks about the little gym all week long” or “she overcomes her fears of heights”, or just feel how proud they are realizing what their children are capable of. Yet, my favourite moment is when a kid runs towards me for a high-5 or a hug – what a great feeling. Every single day at The Little Gym is an adventure and Serious Fun never ends.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have always been interested in sports, especially soccer and karate. I played soccer competitively for seven years and karate since the age of 9, got my black belt at 18. I’ve graduated from the National Sports Academy in Sofia. Sport is present in every aspect of my life and being physically active makes me feel great.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I like playing soccer, fishing and going to the cinema. I love the Bulgarian Black sea coast and enjoy every moment spent there.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can’t live without my family and friends.

  
  

YanaYana

Instructor
Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I love seeing children learn while having fun every day. The Little Gym encourages them and nurtures their interests, and gives them the opportunity to experience success and grow their self-confidence. The atmosphere here is simply magical.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I was born with it From a very early age, I practiced various sports - fencing, swimming, horseback-riding, and so on. Over time, I chose to focus on dance, which, as a discipline, ranges from very artistic and graceful to super athletic. It includes various activities and therefore learning never stops.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I love traveling and if I manage to combine it with something interesting, such as a photography class or a classical ballet workshop, even better. I adore discovering new things - the world's possibilities are endless.

​What can't you live without? ​
- Wherever I go and whatever I do, I need to discover beauty in life. And I find it every day in a new place.

  

MilenaMilena

Instructor
Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- My favourite The Little Gym Story is the one I am part of each time I am in the Gym - to be part of the TLG team, to be with the kids and do what I’ve been doing all my life- playing sports and having fun!

How did you get interested in sports?
- I was lucky to be born when the kids used to play outside all the time. The ice skating ring was 5 minutes away from my home. It didn’t take long for me to find it :)

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my free time, I love playing sports, cooking, reading, spending time outdoors and being with my family.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can’t live without my kids and my family.

   

MilitsaArtboard 1Militsa

Instructor
Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- Every class is different and extremely funny. I love seeing the children’s huge shiny eyes filled with happiness. But what impressed me the most was one child, Katia, who found it difficult to do one of the exercises but nevertheless she kept on trying time and again until she succeeded.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I started doing acrobatics in first grade and I was very happy to do tumbling. After that I have been doing swimming and mountain biking, and now I stay in shape with pilates.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I adore the mountain and my bike. Whenever I have time, I try to spend it in nature be it for a long trek or just to relax and take a nap outdoors.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I can’t imagine living without sports and the mountain.

   

TLG_Sofia_AlexAlex

Instructor
Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I just joined The Little Gym Sofia’s team so I am yet to add om my collection of stories to tell. So far, perhaps the most touching story was when, during Name Activity, Nicky, a 4-year old boy, introduced himself as follows: “Hi, my name is Nicky and I love you”. He filled my heart. It was so motivating.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I have been practicing all sorts of sports since I was a child. I come from such a family and my education is in sports. I have been playing field hockey for 12 years and I am a am a three-time European champion. I have practiced swimming and am a professional water polo player. I love cycling and hiking. I have been leading summer camps for children in the mountains over the past few years. Sports taught me not only discipline but also a desire to win and I invest myself 100% and more in everything I do. It gives me enormous satisfaction to transfer my experience and knowledge to the children.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- I like spending my free time with friends and family, doing sport, biking or riding my motorcycle. I love the mountain and I try spending more time there too.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I cannot live without my family and friends. They are very valuable to me.

  

TLG_Sofia_ValdiValdi

Instructor
Your favourite The Little Gym story? 

- I have been an instructor at The Little Gym since very recently and so far my favorite story so far is that I have become a member of the team and have the opportunity to work with wonderful children and colleagues every day. I'm sure many nice moments are waiting for that I will be able to talk about soon.

How did you get interested in sports?
- I started sports when I was 6 and my parents enrolled me in gymnastics. It became my everyday life and soon I started doing gymnastics professionally. In addition to gymnastics, I have been practicing tennis, swimming, fencing, volleyball and basketball.

What ​do you love to do in your free time?
- In my spare time, I love going out with friends, listening to music, and collecting new impressions.

​What can't you live without? ​
- I cannot live without sports.