I’ve always felt strongly about making the world a better place. It is how I found myself working in international criminal justice at the United Nations and the International Criminal Courts. Ever since I was a child, I just wanted to make people’s lives better.
Now, I want to make a difference in my homeland, Bulgaria. I want to help nurture our next generation, to build their confidence, courage, strength and opportunity for lifetime success. And I know that the unique programme at The Little Gym is the best way for me to make that difference.
I discovered The Little Gym four years ago while living in The Hague, the Netherlands, with my daughters, Monica and Martha. We had tried many children’s activities, but nothing had been quite right. Then we discovered The Little Gym – wow!
I still remember the first time we walked in. It was bright and colourful, stimulating and positive. The smiles on the children’s faces, the giggles, the energy – I loved it. I could tell immediately that something special was going on.
We could see a huge difference in our youngest, Martha. She was so energised by the classes, and she was clearly learning life skills, not just gymnastics. She was more considerate of things going on around her, and she was more confident and articulate. We were amazed.
A few years beforehand, I had a personal epiphany that would ultimately change the course of my life. I had escaped from work to see my eldest daughter’s school play. I felt guilty that I didn’t attend enough of my daughter’s special events at school due to my work schedule, and I was determined to go that day. But my head was still so full of work.
The singing started and my head snapped back to the moment. Tears came to my eyes. Here were 25 four year olds, all different colours and religions, so pure and genuine, all playing together, happy, innocent and living in the moment. I decided right then that I wanted to do work that would help, protect and benefit children. I didn’t know when or how, I just knew that I had a new mission in life!
Then in a surprising twist, my wife discovered that The Little Gym is a franchise. She said “Martin, isn’t this what you were looking for – to make a difference to children?” And, here I am, opening the very first The Little Gym in Bulgaria.
The Little Gym is something special. It goes beyond gymnastics to grow the whole child. Children develop creativity, make friends, learn new languages and develop their confidence, emotions, intellect and bodies in our Gym. The beauty is, they are having so much fun they don’t even realise they are learning.
We are so excited about nurturing and growing the children of Sofia, and we are looking forward to welcoming you and your child to our The Little Gym family!Martin PetrovOwner – The Little Gym Sofia