People in in Merthyr Tydfill, South East Wales, could be bouncing off the walls if a bid to make the town the home of one of Wales’s first indoor trampoline park is successful.
Local trampoline club Elev8 was recently awarded £9,000 by the EU-funded South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme towards the cost of a feasibility study looking at the potential of running a park.
The study will be produced by Sports Marketing Network, which has developed a strong reputation for helping developing sustainable community sports enterprises.
As well as offering serious trampoline coaching to competitive athletes, the park would also provide “fun workouts” and cater for a range of events such as birthday parties and corporate team building.
Elev8, which was formed in 2010 and is based at Pen y Dre High School, would aim to rent a warehouse or factory building and set up a social enterprise to run the venture.
Trampolining is a great way to exercise and keep fit
The club currently provides coaching for young people between the ages of five and 18 and has 90 members. The trampoline park would allow it to broaden the age groups and partner with a wide range of organisations including schools and colleges, housing associations, young people’s services, business organisations and community groups.
The venue would comprise two areas – the trampoline park, with wall-to-wall and angled trampolines combined with foam pits, allowing people to “bounce off the walls.
It would also boast four stand alone trampolines allowing coaches to work with individual athletes.
Kellie Sullivan, head coach with Elev8, said: “Trampolining is a great way to exercise and keep fit and is really fun to do. It helps to improve balance, flexibility and co-ordination, strengthens leg muscles, is low-impact on joints and is good for the heart and lungs.”
Alison Reddy, Merthyr Council’s social enterprise engagement officer, said: “In a very short space of time, Elev8 has become a vibrant and viable club.
“Its vision is to migrate into a community sports enterprise which provides trampoline and associated activities to help the communities of South East Wales live healthier lives, while also creating jobs and strengthening community cohesion.”
Svend Elkjaer, founder/partner at Sports Marketing Network, said: “We are delighted to have been commissioned to produce a feasibility study for this innovative concept working with Kellie and her colleagues at Elev8.”