A local sports club is set to find the next Paralympic star.
Preston City Trampoline Club has been named by British Gymnastics as one of only 14 disability ‘Hub Club’s’ across the UK.
The trampoline club moved to Lane Ends Trading Estate, off Blackpool Road, three years ago and club manager Fiona Robson believes the change of premises has allowed them to offer more facilities and activities for disabled people.
She said: “We can offer a range of gymnastics and the ‘Hub Club’ award will allow us to expand even further.
“It has spurred us on and later this year we are hoping that some of our disabled members will compete in competitions.
“We haven’t been able to compete before but now we are a ‘Hub Club’ we will take on the challenge.
“We are really excited about it - it will let us offer a lot more and we will be expanding the gymnastics side.
“It would be amazing to find the next Paralympic star.”
The club already attracts people with disabilities from across the North West and people travel from Warrington, Wigan and Blackpool to use the facilities.
Fiona said: “We are really laid back in our approach. We ask people to come to us and we work around people’s disabilities, we never say that isn’t possible - we try and find an activity suitable for their needs.
“We have a lot of autistic children who come to the club and we send over pictures of the club to try and prepare them for the trampoline.”
The club is open Monday - Saturday from 10am to 3pm and 34-year-old Fiona praised head coach Colin Robson who was awarded the ‘Service to Disability Sport’ award at the 2014 Preston Sports awards.
She said: “Colin loves seeing someone who has been in a wheelchair all day able to really relax, smile and enjoy themselves on a trampoline.”
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