Head Coach Darren
Darren Bezzina, born in 1991, is one of the founders and head coach of AES club. He started training at the age of 14 in Karate and practiced martial arts for nearly 14 years, getting a black belt in Shotokan Karate and Tang Soo Do. He has various qualifications and experience with both children and adults, having taught in various schools as a PE teacher for the past six years and worked as a physical trainer for the past ten years. His qualifications include:
- MSc in Strength and Conditioning
- MEd in Physical Education
- Level 1 in Coaching Gymnastics
- BSc in Sports and Exercise Science
- BTEC Level 3- Development, Coaching, and Fitness
- BTEC Level 2- Coaching and Fitness
- Level 1 in Coaching Athletics
- Level 1 in Coaching Weightlifting
- 1st Dan in Tang Soo Do
- 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate
- Evolve 9- Coaching Kids Tennis
- Level 1 in Handball Coaching
- First Aid Course
Reuben Bonnici, born in 1989, is one of the founders of AES club. He is qualified as a coach at MCAST with a BTEC National Diploma in Sport Development, Coaching, and Fitness. He is also a qualified LSE where he has been working for the past 8 years. He also worked in different schools in various sports programmes including football, basketball, athletics, hockey, and fundamentals using fun games. He loves to organize plenty of activities for children. Having worked as an LSE, he also specializes in helping students integrate and be part of a group and also supporting students with challenging behaviors.
Deanna - Administrator
Deanna Camilleri born in 1993 is our administrator and backbone of this club. When she was younger, she used to practice Gymnastics as a hobby and she simply loved it! Throughout the years, although she stopped, she still had a passion for flexibility and stretching classes which she still does today. She is simply in love with fitness and sports. Her role with AES is as an administrator and to make sure that everything is under control for the coaches, students, and parents. With her experience in Office Management and Project Management, she has helped with AES organization. This is a very important role and she does this with great passion.
After starting gymnastics training at the age of 16 years, Daniela, born in 1989, immediately fell in love with the sport and trained for a further 10 years. She has been a part of the AES Gymnastics coach team for the past 5 years and is also a qualified kindergarten teacher. She strives to teach young gymnasts new skills in a safe environment and most of all, loves to watch her students enjoying themselves.
Naomi Falzon, born in 1992, has now been coaching gymnastics students with AES for nearly 6 years. As well as specializing in dance routines and gymnastics, her full-time profession is that of a Kindergarten teacher, having also previously worked as a Learning Support Educator for two years. In addition to having an O-Level in Physical Education, she also successfully completed the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) examinations and have also attended multiple training camps at Pineapple Dance Studio and performing arts in London as part of Dancel Dance Studio – a School of Dance based in Fgura. All these experiences have helped in her coaching career, and she is very much in love with this job!
Sabrina Taylor, born in 1989, has been working with the children for these past 7 years as a Primary class teacher. Her love for sports started back when she was 5 years of age. Since then, she has practiced different sports including Athletics, Badminton, and Gymnastics. She has been with AES for these past 4 years. The love for physical education is very important throughout her whole life.
Jessica Cassar, born in 1992, always loved sport, especially gymnastics. She started training at 9 years of age and she immediately fell in love with this sport. She trained for six years progressing from beginner to advanced. She now wants to coach a new generation of youths and help them fall in love with the sport.
Reana Micallef, born in 1993 Financial Professional who acquired a passion for gymnastics throughout her adolescent years where she practiced the sport for four years. Her experience presently revolves around dance, where she has been training for the past seven years with The YADA College of Dance and has been a member of the YADA Dance Company since 2017. She mostly studies Modern Jazz, although she also appreciates lyrical choreographies. Reana received the award for Best in Class Dancer in 2017. Gymnastics and dance are a way for her to express herself as a human being and an artist, and they provide her positive energy and confidence. Her main goal as a coach is to assist new gymnasts to have the same passion for the sport that she has.
Marica Farrugia, born in 1987, has been working with children, for the past 13 years as a sports instructor, child carer, and now as a Kindergarten teacher. Since she was a little girl, she always loved gymnastics and also used to compete in secondary school. She has a National Diploma in Sports Development and fitness. Her love for the sport, the skills and experiences she got from her former jobs helped in her coaching.
Kyla Marie Caruana Scicluna, born in 2005, has been a student at AES for ample years. She just recently finished her o-levels and is eager to start her new journey as one of the coaches at the gym, as she has never felt more comfortable or at home in a training facility. She has undertaken many disciplines, none of which have ever given her the satisfaction and pleasure gymnastics has. She is a very active person, in fact, during past summers she also took part in another group called “Sajf mal-hbieb”, which also actively helps the church. Here she even choreographed a dance to present at the end of summer. During the year she took constant part in the local church group where she helps aid the younger ones in reaching their goals. This summer she worked as a volunteer twice a week at her old school, St. Joseph Paola, where she also gave a helping hand mostly with 3-5 year-old children. During her time at the school, she was also elected as part of the school council multiple times. At her previous school, St Joseph Blata l-Bajda she was also elected prefect and class-captain.
Rachel Mamo, born in 2002, got into gymnastics at the age of five and instantly fell in love with the sport. It has always been a big part of her life and even though she does not practice it anymore, she is still very passionate about it. Along the years, she got the opportunity to compete abroad, form part of the national team, be an MOC athlete and attend the National Sports School. Gymnastics is a challenging sport and throughout her ten years of experience, she was able to learn a lot of things about herself, such as her strengths and weaknesses. For her, it is a sport that shapes you into a stronger person, not only physically but also psychologically.
Niamh Agius, born in 2001, started gymnastics at the age of three and still trains it to this day. Niamh made part of the National Team and competed at the Island Games in Mallorca as well as the Mediterranean Games in Ragusa, Sicily. She was also an MOC Athlete and attended the National Sports School. Gymnastics has always been a big part of Niamh’s life and she wants to keep on teaching young gymnasts everything she has learned throughout the years. She is a qualified Level 1 Gymnastics coach
Mandy Cortis, born in 1991, currently a Multimedia Software Development Student, Mandy has always had a passion for fitness and sports in general. Her main background is dancing and volleyball, in which she competed professionally both locally and abroad.
Her personal life revolves mostly around her 2 dogs, Sultan and Sky, her family, friends, and colleagues. She is keen on adventure, travelling, and the outdoors and she barely says no to explore new fun things. To keep herself active, she goes on runs and does regular fitness training, as she believes that good physical health can positively affect one’s mental health.
Martha, born in 2003, has been practicing the sport of gymnastics for 12 years and still trains it till this day. She is a level 1 certified gymnastics coach and has been coaching for two years with the aim of passing on what her coaches taught her to young gymnasts who wish to fulfill their potential. She has competed abroad several times and had the opportunity to attend the national sports school. Apart from being a coach she is also studying physiotherapy at the university of malta which further helps her to improve her coaching skills.
Elise Lombardo, born in 2001. She started training dance at the age of three years at Dancel Dance Studio, and hasn’t stopped since. Together with her team mates, they won several competitions locally and abroad. She also passed dance exams and competed as a soloist in Glasgow, Scotland. In the past, she attended some gymnastic lessons to improve her flexibility. She’s a 3rd year student at the University of Malta studying BSc. in Physical Activity and Sport. Recently, she also started training Powerlifting and even competed. Last year, she coached dance students and this year she is also coaching football kids.
Martina was born in 2004 and started training gymnastics at the age of 6 and kept training for almost 10 years. Although she no longer trains gymnastics, she still has a strong love for the sport and that’s why she began coaching. She is a qualified level 1 gymnastics coach and have been coaching for the past two years. She is currently in her second year of sixth form and hoping to pursue her studies in sports psychology.