The Trampoline & Activity Centre: Twelve years to raise the funds — just 12 weeks to build!
Our Club History
Our club offers coaching to all who wish to enjoy the sport, including children and adults of all ages, abilities and needs. We have dedicated and integrated sessions for those members with special needs, members who bounce at a recreational level for fun and exercise, and for those who train at an advanced level to compete at regional, national and international competitions.
As a growing club, we have a good number of National grade competitors and in 2012 had a record number successfully qualify for the National Finals in Birmingham in July. We are a dedicated club with dedicated coaches giving their time for the benefit of a dynamic and challenging sport to enable every one of our members to participate to the best of their ability.
Building the Trampoline & Activity Centre
A little bit of history…a whole lot of future! In 1999, Recoil Trampoline Club began the long campaign towards building a regional facility for trampolining in Brentwood and a home for our Club. The project was the child of our Chair, Tricia Sharpe, who worked tirelessly to steer the Club towards raising an amazing £360,000.
Tricia identified a Community Hall in Brentwood that would be perfect for our project and the good news was that we had the money to begin the refurbishment. Work started on 12th July 2011 and took only 12 weeks to complete.
Our grateful thanks to our supporters:
- Essex County Council’s 2012 Legacy Fund – £200,000
- Brentwood Borough Council – £50,000
- Zurich Finance ‘Openwork Foundation’ towards the Multi-Sensory Room – £10,000
- British Gymnastics Lottery Funding – £65,000
Ted Blake and the History of Trampolining in Brentwood
The old Keys Hall is now the new Trampoline & Activity Centre! Keys Hall was originally built as an Army gymnasium, which was used for PT training during WWII. A Brentwood man named Ted Blake was a Sergeant Major Instructor at the hall, who went on to become the early pioneer of trampolining in Britain. Ted Blake was to become influential in building the popularity of the sport in the UK. He became Managing Director of Nissen UK (manufacturers of trampolines in the Brentwood area for many years) and a chief architect in the way competitive trampolining operates today. Adopting this Hall for physical activity, and trampolining in particular, is in keeping with the history of the building the core of which dates back to the 19th century. The main hall housing the trampolines will be called ‘The Ted Blake Hall’ in his memory: Terence (Ted) Blake (1921-1998).
Tim Blake, son of Ted, came to our Grand Opening Day on 3rd October 2011 and gave his whole hearted approval of our unique facility dedicated to trampolining and his father.
The refurbished facility has a main hall housing 9 permanently erected trampolines, all of which are sunken to floor level, providing a safer and more accessible training arena. There are viewing areas and ancillary rooms including a classroom for coach/judge education, a large reception area, office space and storage room.
Adjacent to the main trampoline hall is a Disability Suite. This area has its own entrance, into a large welcoming reception area with specialist changing and toilet facilities, a Multi-Sensory room. There is direct access into the main trampoline hall from this area.
Mayor’s Chosen Charity
Recoil Trampoline Club was very proud to be chosen as one of the Mayor Cllr Joan Holmes’ nominated charities in 2011. This was a great honour as not only as the Mayor raised a huge amount of funds for Recoil but also for her support also raised the profile of our project. At the end of her term she was able to award us £13,250 which was enough to fully equip our Multi-Sensory Room.
Since then, the Club are thrilled to have received very generous grants from the Saddlers’ Company and the Hutton Free Church Women’s Fellowship. Our grateful thanks to them.
Recoil a Winning Club
In June 2012 three members of the Recoil’s coaching team were shortlisted for three British Gymnastics National Awards, something that had never happened before in the history of the awards. Tracy Bennett and Alli Allnutt received runner up awards for Education and Young Volunteer respectively and Tricia Sharpe received the Services to Gymnastics in the Community Award.
We are continuing to make applications for further funding to help grow and support the work the Club do for the community. If you are an individual or organisation that would like to support this unique Club, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01277 500282 for more information.
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