I still remember standing at the front of the school gym in Hounslow as all the budding Zumbatomic (now Zumba Kids + Zumba Kids Jr.) instructors arrived for their training course.
I noticed Sarah immediately as she walked into the room, phone in hand, desperately trying not to cry at the same time as suppressing her anger and frustration at being let down.
Wanting to help in some way I asked Sarah what had happened and she explained that the instructor she had found to cover her class that morning had just texted her to say she couldn't make it.
She had no-one to teach the class and no way of contacting all her participants in that instant - the class was due to start in 30 minutes!
She desperately tried to contact other instructors through the Zumba website but only being able to send one message at a time meant it was time consuming and who knew if they even saw the message. There was no response to her urgent plea on Facebook - which is now so overcrowded getting visibility for posts is difficult to say the least, let alone getting an actual response.
She was torn: She had been waiting months to take the Zumbatomic training course, but the feeling of responsibility for her class and her regard for her participants meant she had no choice but to leave the training and go to teach her class.
The image of Sarah upset, desperate and frustrated stuck in my mind.
It is my mission to help you as fitness professionals and dance teachers to enjoy your lives and grow your businesses in a way that completely fits who you are.Wasting time trying to find someone to teach is unnecessary and a pain in the ass (see what I did there?)!
Fast forward a couple of years and here we are: Cover My Class is born!
If you teach kids maths or teenagers how to drive, this is not for you!
Yes, there are other sites out there who offer a similar service. But they don't have the focus or the clean functionality that Cover My Class has. There's no confusion here. It simply does what it says on the tin.
If we truly want to grow as an industry to become valued, respected and treated as we deserve to be (like professionals!) then we have to support each other.
of fitness instructors, dance teachers, fitness facilities and dance studios and you will be building our profession, contributing to our chosen charities Mind, YoungMinds and Performers Without Borders.
and once we get to that number, development of the mobile App will begin! This will make connecting even more easy and quick. I can‘t wait to see that happen!