Details on the location of the class.

Northfield School

Northfield School, Thames Road, BILLINGHAM, TS22 5EG.

Centre Number:
01642 556396

Northfield School has been a Sports College for over 14 years and during this time has developed a wide range of sports related programmes in healthy life styles, sport participation, student leadership, coaching, and exam qualifications. Northfield is very much a Community facility. They have almost 200 active members who come and use our fitness suite and we hire out our facilities to many local teams in a range of sports.

Northfield School and Sports College's facilities are amongst the best in the North East. Four indoor working areas including a Sports Hall, Table Tennis arena, Dance Studio and a traditional gym.

On top of this they have a 30 piece fitness suite that is part of their full community programme. Outside, there are numerous grass pitches, including one which is floodlit, and a full sized astro turf.

There are car parking facilities, a comfortable reception area with drinks and snack machines and spacious changing rooms.


Details on the instructors teaching the class.

Leslie Smith

Ms. Leslie Smith

Instructor Number:
07779 570983

Email Address:

I am a fully qualified Tai Chi instructor with 11 years of experience. I first experienced Tai Chi in 2004 as part of a rehabilitation programme following my husband’s heart attack. Ever since, I have been drawn to practice and learn more about this wonderful art.

I initially trained with Marie Paulinius and qualified to teach myself in 2009. I continue to attend training workshops with Grandmaster Liming Yue on a regular basis. I also attend a regular Aqua-fit training week each year, in Florida, which includes a strong tai chi element.

I teach Yang style long form, Foundation form and Yang 10.

A usual class would consist of thorough warm up for tendons and muscles, Qi gong including Five elements, Five animals and Shibashi, and a warm down. My main focus is on teaching Tai Chi for health rather than combat, and my classes are suitable for all ages and ability levels.