First look in­side tram­po­line park

Flip Out opens to de­light of Ruther­glen res­i­dents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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