First look inside trampoline park
Flip Out opens to delight of Rutherglen residents
The world’s largest trampoline centre has officially opened in Rutherglen and created more than 150 jobs for the area.
Flip Out Glasgow, which boasts a 63,000 sq ft arena of trampoline-based activities, has opened its doors on Southcroft Road to the public and has handed the area an employment boost in the process.
The centre includes the country’s first Ninja Warrior course as well as an under-sevens’ area, kids’ trampoline area and a multi-level soft play area.
Loud music is pumped from the speakers while a five-a-side football park with trampolines in the goals and basket ball hoops with jump launch pads are just some of the exciting features which fill the room. Advanced jumpers can even try their hand at the free running walls in the parkour space.
Giant pits have been filled with 18,000 foam bricks and the walls have been impressively spray painted with Scottish landmarks.
The Reformer was given a special tour of the facility ahead of Monday’s opening by general manager George Gallacher, who believes the facility will bring more people to the town.
He said: “I think Rutherglen is an absolutely fantastic place to have it. We are right next to the M74 for a start and 50,000 cars pass by here every day.
“There are 150 people employed, 50 full- timers and 100 part- timers. We’re open seven days a week from 9am to 10pm at night and 11pm at the weekends.
“I think most people have been to a trampolining centre before and I think when you go to these arenas, it’s a family activity. But I think because of where we are, we are offering more than what the rest have got put together, and more. If you go to the local one at the moment, why don’t you come along to the biggest one in the world?”
Flip Out, which started in Australia, has now opened its first site in Scotland to meet demand for trampoline activities after approximately 10 million people visited its other UK facilities over the past 12 months.
The facility can accommodate up to 250 jumpers at one time and customers will be able to secure a place via a simple booking system online.
Once jumpers arrive at the facility, they will be taken through a health and safety video and handed a special pair of gripped socks before bouncing.
Mr Gallacher added: “Flip Out is all about fun obviously but the health benefits are a welcome side effect with just an hour of bouncing burning up to 800 calories – the same amount as you’d burn in a spin class.”
Sessions last for one hour at £11 and booking in advance is advised.
Flip out Carli Blyth performs a back flip
Gladiators Fraser Mackenzie (9), left, and Bailey Neithercut-Hill (10) battle it out above a foam pit.
Jump around Lucy Reilly has a spring in her step 100417flipout_05
Little jump Charlotte Reilly, five
Manager George Gallacher
Rolling Carli Blyth, seven