Trampoline academy set to start sessions in Inverurie
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A successful trampoline academy has relocated to Inverurie and is in final preparations to hold its first sessions.
Norrie Smith, who has 30 years experience in the sport, is behind the Aspire Trampoline Academy.
He has moved to the area from Hamilton with wife Helen and sons Douglas and Nicholas, who are all Scottish champions and have extensive backgrounds in trampolining.
The academy will be based at the town's Highclere Business Park operating from Skyline Trampoline Park.
Smith said: "We ran a very successful academy in Hamilton, but the building we were using was deemed unsuitable for use by the local authority. It meant we had to look for somewhere else.
"My wife Helen has family from Methlick and we looked at moving up here to the north-east.
"We managed to find a place suitable for use, so we decided to make the move up here in February.
"Helen has 45 years experience in the sport and my two boys Douglas and Nicholas are both Scottish champions.
"Nicholas is also a British champion and is the first male to achieve this at elite level."
The opening of the academy was delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak.
By following Scottish Government guidelines the sessions are now due to start from Monday, September 21.
Smith added: "Currently we are finalising our preparations and will ensure all government guidelines and other safety measures are adhered to, which will enable us to coach in a suitable environment.
"We will be operating a social distancing policy and ask that all children bring and wear a mask when they are not on the trampolines or warming up and stretching.
"During the sessions, the children will have different activities to do which will make the social distancing less of an issue, as they will be kept busy."
The lessons will initially be for children from age five and upwards at all sessions.
The academy will welcome all abilities, and children with no experience can work through the pathway and can progress as far as they want.
Smith added: "Every child is treated as an individual, as we are aware that they all learn at different speeds.
"We are looking to take children through our professional, specially designed pathway.
"This will allow each child to reach their own potential, be it recreational or world champion. Most of all, we want all participants to have fun.
"We are experienced in disability trampolining, being the first Scottish club to compete in this event.
"The coaches at Aspire have decades of experience, are highly qualified and have numerous awards to their names."
Anyone interested in joining can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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