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Trampoline park adds bounce to Sobell

31 March, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Councillor Janet Burgess: ‘I hope this project excites our community. This will be a real attraction for younger people and encourage them to become more active’

THE trampoline parks craze is coming to Islington – the first area in inner London to get one.

Rooms filled with interconnected trampolines are proving popular with children and adults across the country.

Now, the Sobell Leisure Centre is to get one in a move which is hoped will double the number of visitors to the Holloway centre.

Charles Dean, spokesman for GLL, the social enterprise which runs Sobell Centre on behalf of Islington Council, said: “Every session starts with a health and safety briefing video with the dos and don’ts. You put on trampolining socks that give you extra grip when you are bouncing and we make sure there aren’t too many people on at one time so heads aren’t knocking into each other.

“Safety is absolutely paramount. The whole idea is to have a safe and fun time on the trampoline.”

Scheduled to open this summer, the trampoline park will complete a £3m upgrade at the centre. It now has a purpose-built dōjō for martial arts, a group cycle studio and refitted changing rooms, in addition to the recently-rebuilt reception area and café.

The number of trampoline parks in England and Wales has increased from just six at the end of 2014 to 144.

But increased popularity has brought with it a rise in the number of trampolining injuries. Freedom of Information data shows that just 30 parks received more than 300 ambulance call-outs in a year.

Broken limbs were among the most common injuries, with spinal, head, back and foot injuries also reported.

A park in Scotland, which reported more than 100 injuries in three weeks, closed in 2015.

The Sobell trampoline park, on two levels, will have foam pits, a dodge­ball area, basketball and ladders. Entrance fees will start at £3.

GLL runs five other trampoline parks, including one in Barking, under its Better Extreme brand.

Health chief Councillor Janet Burgess said: “I’m pleased to see further investment in one of the borough’s much-loved leisure centres – improving its facilities while offering a wider range of activities for residents to keep fit and stay healthy.

“I hope this project excites our community. This will be a real attraction for younger people and encourage them to become more active.”

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