A-Star Sports Chester & surrounding areas

Welcome to A-Star Sports – Chester and surrounding areas

Our team of coaches run premier sport and physical activity classes for children in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Mold, Wrexham and the Wirral.

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Details of our services can be found below or by clicking on the above headings so take a look and if you would like to know more about A-Star Sports Chester there is a contact form at the bottom of the page. To keep up-to-date with A-Star Sports Chester & surrounding areas developments, newsletters and events, or for the latest offers on our kids classes, parties and holiday clubs, please also visit us on Facebook or call Gary on 07581 617725

Meet our team – Why not find out more about our team by clicking Meet our team

Holiday clubs

We are running across all school holidays in line with Cheshire West and Chester school timetables. Details below:

SUMMER 2024: Thursday 25th July to Friday 30th August 2024

OCTOBER 2024: Monday 28th Oct to Friday 1st Nov 2024

JAN 2025: Thursday 2nd Jan to Friday 3rd Jan 2025

Our holiday club is suitable for children 3-12 years old with the option to book full and half days. See our downloadable form for further information and booking details: A-Star Sports Holiday Club Booking Form Summer 2024

*Childcare Vouchers accepted for holiday club at The Cheshire County Sports Club venue only*

To find details of the childcare voucher providers we are registered with: Childcare voucher information

We are often in the process of registering with new childcare voucher providers, so please don’t hesitate to drop us a line if you don’t see yours listed here


Weekly classes

Our small class sizes provide encouragement and support for your child to build the confidence, motivation and skills to enjoy sport. These practical and fun learning experiences provide the foundation for your child to develop physically, socially and emotionally through the positive challenges and enjoyment of being active.

In the early stages, children are introduced to and follow a full programme of fundamentals. With short fast activities designed to develop core skills of throwing, catching, running, jumping and hand eye co-ordination with lots of colourful equipment. In the reception year this develops into delivery of our ten core sports:

 Basketball   Cricket 
Dodgeball     Football
Handball   Hockey
Rounders   Tag Rugby 
Tennis   Volleyball

Learning in a positive, energy packed environment encourages children to enjoy sport and it is our ambition for every child at A-Star Sports to enjoy sport for life.

Click HERE for a full list of classes and don’t forget the first time you attend is a free trial.


Birthday parties

A-Star Sports parties offer fun-filled and inclusive games.  For children 3+ years, our parties focus on fast paced and fun games that keep children engaged from start to finish.  For children 7+ years, we also offer sports-based and/or themed parties for an action-packed multi-sports adventure and families can choose to have activities from our range of ten core sports.

For high energy, all-round active entertainment children can invite a small group of friends through to the entire class (subject to venue size and chosen activities) for the most memorable, stress-free occasion.

Contact us directly at or call us on 07581 617725 (Gary) to enquire about available places or for party bookings. A-Star Sports Party Booking Form (for local bookings).  You can also download free A-Star Sports printables, including party invitations.

For birthday parties the Chester team also cover Liverpool, Manchester, Shropshire, Wrexham and everywhere in between!


Preschools and Nurseries

We are delighted to be working with a number of local preschools and nurseries providing lots of A-Star fun for them! These include:                  

Guilden Sutton Preschool Busy Bees St Davids
Busy Bees Chester Hopscotch ☺ Newton Park Preschool
 Kids Planet Day Nursery  ☺ Little Bumbles Preschool
☺ Kingfisher House Day Nursery Best Friends Day Nursery

If you know of a preschool or nursery who may be interested in having A-Star Sports in to deliver please let us know!

Primary Schools

Currently we deliver after school sports clubs in Thornton Hough and The Firs as well as lunch clubs in Thornton Hough.  We are always looking to expand our delivery to additional primary schools. We can deliver after school clubs, lunch time, breakfast clubs and PPA cover so get in touch for more information!


Timetable – A-Star Sports Chester & surrounding areas

Venue Day Class times
If you’re new to A-Star Sports Chester & surrounding areas and looking for a weekly class to join, we offer a free trial session to get you started.
Upton Community Hall, Demage Lane, Chester, CH2 1EL Monday 1.20pm Nursery & Pre-school (for children turning 3 or 4 before 31st August) / 3.40pm Reception & Year 1 / 4.40pm Year 2 & Year 3 / 5.40pm Year 4+
Thornton Hough Village Hall, Manor Road, Thornton, Hough, Wirral, CH63 1JB Tuesday 1.40pm Home educated children group ages 7+
Upton Community Hall, Demage Lane, Chester, CH2 1EL Wednesday 1.40pm Pre-school (for children turning 3 or 4 before 31st August) & Home educated children under 6/ 2.40pm Home educated children group ages 7+ / 3.40pm Reception & Year 1 / 4.40pm Year 3+
Great Sutton Village Hall, Old Chester Road, Great Sutton, CH66 3NZ Thursday 3.40pm Year 2, Year 3, Year 4
Sychdyn Memorial Hall, Sychdyn, Mold, CH7 6ED Thursday 3.35pm Reception & Year 1 / 4.35pm Year 2+
Upton Community Hall, Demage Lane, Chester, CH2 1EL Friday 3.40pm Reception & Year 1 / 4.40pm Year 2
Hoole All Saints, All Saints Church, Vicarage Road, Hoole, Chester, CH2 3HZ Friday 1.50pm Nursery & Pre-school (for children turning 3 or 4 before 31st August) / 4pm Reception / 5pm Year 1 & Year 2 / 6pm Year 3+

Meet the team

Gary Yates

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Born: Rainham, Kent

Started at A-Star: April 2015

Proudest moment: Delivering my daughter on our living room floor after she decided there was no time to get to the hospital or wait for the ambulance. Very scary but amazing experience.

Favourite sport: Rugby

Favourite sport to coach: Rugby and Dodgeball

Favourite A-Star Sports game: Pirates and Cannons

Memorable personal sporting moment: Playing alongside my Dad and Brother for Sittingbourne Rugby Club

Memorable famous sporting moment: Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in the Rugby World Cup final in 2003. Unbelievable player! Closely followed by 2nd Test of 2005 Ashes Cricket. England winning a nail-biter by 2 runs and the sportsmanship between Andrew Flintoff and Brett Lee.

If you didn’t work at A-Star Sports, what would you like to do: Post man, lots of fresh air and plenty of exercise.

Best thing about working at A-Star Sports: Watching children enjoy sport and develop their skills and confidence while having lots of fun.

If you were an animal, what would you be: A Wolf

What was your favourite toy as a child: Thomas the Tank Engine

Favourite film: Rocky

Guilty pleasure song: So many to choose from! You’ve lost that loving feeling – Righteous Brothers

Mark Roberts

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Born: Wrexham

Started at A-Star: December 2008

Proudest moment: Becoming a Dad

Favourite sport: Golf

Favourite sport to coach: Basketball

Favourite A-Star Sports game: Toilet Tag

Memorable personal sporting moment: Holing a 25ft putt on the 2nd playoff hole in my college match play final to win a spot at tour finals in Portugal.

Memorable famous sporting moment: Manchester United winning the treble in 1999 and the miracle of Medinah when Europe produced one of the greatest sporting comebacks to win the Ryder cup. Both on par with each other.

If you didn’t work at A-Star Sports, what would you like to do: To play golf on the tour

Best thing about working at A-Star Sports: That every day brings different challenges, no day is the same. Also seeing the progression of the children over the years of coaching them.

If you were an animal, what would you be: A Jaguar, my favourite animal.

What was your favourite toy as a child: Not a toy as such but what I played on the most was my bike. I was never off it, BMX and mountain biking, living on the mountain it was the perfect place for building jumps and making tracks.

Favourite film: Toy Story 1, 2, 3. No explanation needed

Guilty pleasure song: “Do you hear the people sing” from Les Miserables. Or anything from the Les Mis soundtrack. It was the only cd I had in my car so I know the majority of lyrics to the songs. One week a child in one of my reception classes came in singing the songs, We had a little duet in the drinks break.

Alastair Ross

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Born: Chester

Started at A-Star: February 2014

Proudest moment: Becoming a Step-Dad

Favourite sport: Golf

Favourite sport to coach: Tennis or Rugby

Favourite A-Star Sports game: Treasure Stealing game… The kids love it!

Memorable personal sporting moment: Becoming County Champions and winning 4 straight club championships

Memorable famous sporting moment: Tiger Woods chipping in at the 2005 Masters… gives me goosebumps every time I watch

If you didn’t work at A-Star Sports, what would you like to do: An RAF fast-jet pilot

Best thing about working at A-Star Sports: Seeing children that are initially very shy come out of their shells and gain confidence with every week!

If you were an animal, what would you be: A T-Rex… Best animal that’s ever existed bar none!

What was your favourite toy as a child: Curly the snail. Tatty, battered and a bit smelly but didn’t go anywhere without him. Even did Camp America with me!

Favourite film: Adult, Shawshank Redemption- Child, Toy Story 1, 2 & 3!

Guilty pleasure song: Hall & Oates- You Make My Dreams. Such a happy, catchy tune!

Adam Carlile

Born: Chester

Started at A-Star: August 2015

What do you do when not at A-Star: Training to be a teacher at the University of Chester

Proudest Moment: Being accepted into the University of Chester.

Favourite Sport: Mixed Martial Arts.

Favourite Sport to coach: Basketball.

Favourite A-Star sports game: Pirates and Cannons.

Memorable personal sporting moment:  When my cross country team placed 5th in England.

Memorable sporting moment: Watching England win 2-0 against Sweden when I was at the airport.

If I wasn’t working at A-star sports what would I be doing: Trying to become a teacher

What is the best thing about working at A-Star sports: The fact that no two days are the same makes each day fun in a different way.

What animal would I be: A grizzly bear.

What is my favourite film: Cars 1.

Guilty pleasure song:  Shakira – Can’t remember to forget you.

P.S – I am really bad at taking photos!


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