South Holland-formed trampoline club wants community's help to find new base
A south Lincolnshire sports club is looking for a new home so that its promising young members can train more often.
Abbey High Fliers Trampoline Club held its first training session for six months at Bourne Leisure Centre, the current base for coaches and members since choosing to move out of Spalding two years ago.
But demand for exercise and fitness classes at the centre, off Queen's Road, has meant that up to 35 trampolinists from the club are limited to one, four-hour session a week on Sundays.
Kirsty Ringsell, who founded the club with her husband Andy in 2008, said: "We've had to cut our hours right down from a total of nine hours, across three evening a week, before lockdown to a four-hour slot every Sunday.
"I'm grateful that we've got back into Bourne Leisure Centre, but its priority is its fitness sessions and I don't anticipate any change in the next six months."
The club takes its name from Crowland, where its first sessions took place, before coaches and youngsters moved to the former Sir John Gleed School (now Spalding Academy) in 2008.
Abbey High Fliers then spent a year at Spalding Grammar School until a rise in booking fees there saw the club move out of South Holland altogether in 2018.
Kirsty said: "We've always been looking for our own accommodation with a ceiling height of seven or eight metres.
"But when we do find somewhere, it's the cost of hire that becomes a problem because we're quite a small club.
"At the moment, we're having to pay for more court space because of the two-metre social distancing rules when our classes are getting bigger.
"We do have a waiting list but we don't want to bring anybody else in yet because of the rules"
"Our parents are being very supportive because we have a full club at the moment, with a few more girls and even parents who have started training with us as they're looking to become coaches.
"If we could share a space with another sports club or business, ideally in South Holland, Bourne or the Deepings, it would make it easier financially than taking on our own accommodation."
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