A top trampoline club has a spring in its step after bagging a top national prize for promoting disabled sport in Lancashire.
Preston City Trampoline Club beat off nationalcompetition to win the Inclusive Club Award at the British Gymnastics Awards 2014.
The club, which is based at Lane Ends Trading Estate, Blackpool Road, Preston, is one of only 14 ‘I’M IN’ hub clubs for disability gymnastics in the country.
And now coach Colin Robson is hoping to build on the success of 2014 and revealed the club already has plans to make the club even more accessible and welcoming to disabled users.
He said: “Moving into 2015 we are excited about our new Freestyle Gymnastics sessions starting in January along with another adults only session and building on our successes with our disabled users.
“We are over the moon that the hard work and dedication of our team has been recognised all the way to the top of British Gymnastics out of all the clubs in the whole country.
“We love that everyone can enjoy trampolining.
“No matter what your ability, you can’t help but smile when your bouncing. This is a phenomenal success and we will use this to spread the word about our inclusive disability gymnastics ‘I’M IN’ sessions to give even more people the opportunity to participate in quality gymnastics whatever their ability or disability.”
A spokesman for British Gymnastics praised the club for their enthusiasm and for creating a wonderful environment for disabled sport.
They said: “This is a great achievement for the Preston City Trampoline Club and they were thrilled to accept the award.
“This award recognises an individual or organisation that has demonstrated commitment and enthusiasm to the development of gymnastics for disabled people through the delivery of an inclusive gymnastics programme.”
But modest Colin believes the award would not have been possible without the support of volunteers.
He said: “We have a fantastic team of people who enable the sessions we run to happen.
“The award is really for them and all their hard work.”
“We have been able to support a number of charities and community groups working hard to offer as many inclusive sessions as possible to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy our sport of trampolining.”