EASTLEIGH’S trampolining club looked to have bucked the trend, as they continue to grow whilst other club’s struggle.
Recreational trampolining has been the craze of recent years and it has taken away from the sport’s competitive edge.
In 2006, around 127,000 people participated in the sport compared to 90,000 in 2016.
Despite this, the club has grown in size and stature over the past few years, including making a name for themselves on a national level.
Head coach of both Eastleigh and more notably, the Philippines national team, Howard Tear believes that the club and sport has been on the rise since they made their move to the Places Leisure Club.
He said: “We’ve increased our hours, our number of days and the upshot has been massive.
“We’ve got lots of recreational classes running during the day and from that, we spot potential competitors.”
Eastleigh currently have a pool of around 15 trampolinists who compete at national level. In the coming months, the club will be attending the national league finals in Derby on the 9th November.
Tear also sees great upshot potential for the sport, even if nationally it is on the decline.
He said: “The competition’s are over-subscribed, they’ve had to create other age groups, other rules and other qualifiers. It’s grown massively.”
Callum Upton, aged 14, is training hard to make sure that both himself and the squad is ready for the national finals in November.
He said: “I love it here, it’s quite a competitive club so we all push each other to do better.
“The sport is my passion so I am going to try and climb up the competitive ladder.”
The future of Eastleigh as a club looks beyond promising at present and they show no signs of slowing down.
Although nationally, the sport finds itself in a different circumstance and the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, could prove pivotal regarding GB participation and the funding it receives on the back of the games.