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Bad weather gives new trampoline centre a bounce in visitor numbers

PUBLISHED: 08:51 28 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:51 28 July 2015

The new High Altitude trampolining centre opens in Whiffler Road, Norwich.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The new High Altitude trampolining centre opens in Whiffler Road, Norwich. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Archant Norfolk.

A warehouse on an industrial site in Mile Cross sprang into action as Norwich’s first indoor trampoline park opened for business.

Reporter Polly Grice takes to the trampoline

After watching a talented gymnastics group putting on a display, I thought trampolining looked easy - you bounce up and down - how hard can it be?

Not entirely reassured by the special trampolining socks staff handed me, I clambered out onto ‘bounce field’ to have a go.

It turns out backwards somersaults on a trampoline actually are quite difficult, and the best I could manage was this not-very-graceful sort-of star jump.

But the best thing about it, from a clumsy person’s point of view, is the entire floor is made of trampolines, making it impossible to fall off. Even for me.

High Altitude, on Whiffler Road, opened to the public on Saturday, and the unseasonably bad weather worked in its favour.

Director Fran Habbitts said: “It has been fantastic beyond our expectations.

“We’ve had a great turnout this weekend, everybody who came through the doors has been really excited and come off the trampolines smiling.

“It’s all been really positive and we had people come on Saturday who came back on Sunday – the weather definitely helped us.

The new High Altitude trampolining centre opens in Whiffler Road, Norwich. Reporter Polly Grice flying high.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.The new High Altitude trampolining centre opens in Whiffler Road, Norwich. Reporter Polly Grice flying high. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

“The transformation of this site in four-and-a-half months, it’s been incredibly hard work and it still is, but the transition is overwhelming.”

The park also impressed 13-year-old gymnast Chelsey Hale, from Costessey, who said: “It’s different, definitely!

“It’s a lot more laid back, you can just do what you want.”

Brett Gibson, 17, from Eaton
trains with Chelsey at Chermond School of Gymnastics in Delta Close, Norwich and said the park was “awesome”.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it before,” he added. “You can do more than you can on a normal trampoline, like jumping off a side trampoline. I’ve never done that before.”

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