Youngsters take part in trampolining festival

Youngsters from across Erewash have taken part in the borough’s first trampolining festival which looks set to become an annual event.

The session was held by Erewash School Sport Partnership in conjunction with Phoenix Trampoline Club, based in Ilkeston.

Schools taking part included Sawley Junior, Cotmanhay Junior, Scargill Primary in West Hallam, Dallimore Primary in Kirk Hallam and Hallam Fields Junior School in Ilkeston.

Youngsters were taught some moves by coaches from the trampoline club before showing off what they had learned and being marked as a team.

They were also given a demonstration by club members at the festival, which was held at Kirk Hallam Community Technology and Sports College.

Monica White, who runs Phoenix Trampoline Club, said they ran lots of sessions at local schools but this was the first time they had joined with the partnership to hold a festival.

She said: “A lot of the children who came here have not used a trampoline like these ones, many of them have a trampoline in their garden so they might have done a little bit before.

“It’s a great sport for youngsters because it gives them confidence, it’s something that they have to do on their own and they can’t hide behind anybody. It’s really good for medical conditions such as asthma because it’s working the lungs and it’s something a bit different.

“It would be nice if this became an annual event and maybe we could hold it a couple of times a year.”

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said: “It’s been a great event because we’ve seen children that we haven’t seen at other more traditional sporting events that we run. It’s a great sport because it’s something a bit different and is very individual. We really hope to be able to run the event again and we are already planning something similar for infant schools.”

Bethany Tatham, 10, of Cotmanhay Junior School, said the festival had encouraged her to take up trampolining.

She said: “I have done it in my back garden but not like this before. These trampolines are a lot bigger and more bouncy. We were shown what to do and then had a go ourselves. I would love to learn how to do some more complicated moves like flips.”

Sam Foreman, 11, of Sawley Junior School, said: “It’s been really good and I’m really interested in attending some more sessions. It’s just good fun and something a bit different.”