About Mike

Mike Weinstock

Mike Weinstock

A Brief History

I started teaching in 1978 as a PE teacher at Clough Hall Comprehensive School in Kidsgrove,  Staffordshire. I then moved to Mount Pleasant First & Middle School in Fenton where I taught PE to all ages from Reception through to 13 years of age.  In 1983 still working for Staffordshire Education Authority I became Director of Coaching at the PE Centre Burslem.  My job entailed running the gymnastics programme at the centre and coaching children of all ages and abilities. I worked with children from Pre-school up to International standard performers and children with various disabilities.  During this time I delivered gymnastics in-service training sessions for Staffordshire teachers and teacher education courses for a number of midlands universities. I was also fortunate enough to have been selected on a number of occasions to accompany British teams to a number of international competitions including World & European Championships and Commonwealth Games. I still am actively involved in coaching competitive gymnasts twice a week at a local gymnastics club.

Prior to retiring in August 2012 I was employed for 10 years by Sandwell Education Authority as a specialist ‘Gymnastics Link Teacher’ where  I worked as part of the Sandwell School Sports Northern Partnership. The brief I was given was to work with teachers in schools to help them deliver high quality gymnastics; part of the method I used towards achieving this was to develop programmes to improve the teaching of gymnastics.