A trampoline club in the centre of Bristol is on the verge of collapsing after being forced to leave their current venue and are finding it near impossible to find an alternative.
University of the West of England alumni Ollie Monro, 35, suffered a devastating blow once he heard that their current home, the Redwood Hotel and Leisure Centre, would be closed. Through no fault of their own the community based non-profit organisation, which has been running for the last ten years, is facing closure.
Monro had spent years building up the Axis Trampoline Club, following his love of trampolining after University. Whilst starting his trampolining career at UWE, he became aware that there were no trampoline clubs in Bristol, and so it became a passion for him to make it possible. He had gone on to work for fifteen years as a high performance trampoline coach and emerged with only two ‘ratty’ trampolines to base his future business upon.
The club had expanded to make this facility available to all age groups and abilities: from toddlers to young school children aged five to seven, to senior performance squads. The performance squads have national level competitors who rely on the five-day training programme.
It had taken years of enthusiasm and a significant amount of money to make the club a success. Having based the club at Ashton Park School, the Axis Trampoline Club made the move to Redwood in the hope for greater expansion and to enable people from other areas in the community to get involved. After only four months, Monro was told the devastating news that the club would have to find somewhere else to house all of the equipment. Not only is the size of the trampolines a problem, the more pressing issue is the fact that they have to find a building which can accommodate a bouncing space of over eight metres in order for some of the national competitors to train.
Axis Trampoline Club had become considerably more popular since their move to Redwood, where they could offer a pre-school programme and dedicated adult sessions, which no other trampoline club in Bristol could match. Monro found some comfort in the knowledge that they could move the club back to their old venue, however this offers little solace as they would have to cut their training times to just two evenings a week.
The Axis Trampoline club is struggling and Monro believes that if they do not find another venue by Christmas it will have to shut down. It comes as a crushing reality as the club was going really well and, as Monro stated, ‘it was heart-breaking to end up back where they started’.
By Beatrice Taylor