Sports Awards: Youngsters left jumping for joy at trampolining club



North Staffordshire Trampolining Club had an extra spring in their step in 2019 as they continued their impressive expansion.

The club landed a four-figure windfall to put on classes for both young children and brave youngsters battling serious health conditions.

That enabled them to buy extra equipment and mats for the sessions that sees under-fives getting to grips with the sport.

The club, which runs in Abbey Hulton and Chesterton, landed £6,250 from Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Community Investment Fund (CIF), while it put in £1,750 to bring the total up to £8,000.

Head coach Jenny Masterman is well regarded in the sport, having landed the West Midlands Community Sports Coach of the Year accolade for 2018.

Masterman, from Basford, who has been coaching for 20 years, said: “This is the first time we’ve been able to coach children under five and it added another string to our bow.

“We applied for the funding and they awarded the grant to us.

“Twelve children come to us for the under-five classes. We now get quite a few parents who bring their younger children who have disabilities because we can now cater for them.”

Last year also saw the club host their first open day, which proved to be a huge success.

They also run a number of one-to-one sessions, holiday courses and intensive workshop, plus ‘have a go’ weeks where parents and friends are encouraged to give trampolining a try.

Club welfare officer Ali Ridsdale-Smith has seen the success story unfold.

She said: “I have known Jenny for five years as my daughter started at the club aged 11 and went on to be part of the squad competing in various competitions and now is training to be a Level One coach.

“As a parent I offer support to the club by being a committee member, the club welfare officer and a judge during competitions.

“Last year was a good year for both Jenny and the club with us all being able to help Jenny celebrate 20 years of coaching. She was also awarded Sports Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Community Sports Coach of the year and went on to win the West Midlands Award too.

“She has an amazing team behind her as she offers support to coaches with learning disabilities, newly qualified coaches and she is constantly looking for young members to train.

“With her continuing support and dedication, she has grown a strong squad who not only compete but help and encourage each other throughout training sessions and competitions to achieve high standards.

“The last invitational competition 12 out of 13 entries came away with trophies.”

She added: “Jenny recognises the need of parents’ support to achieve her high standards with a committee dedicated to helping with various competition roles, highlighting events on social media, updating club documents, organising social outing and events plus ensuring the welfare of all involved.”

Masterman has now nominated the club in the Sport in the Community category at the Sentinel/City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality of the Year Awards, which will be held in May.





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