Our Club History
Recoil Trampoline Club was founded in 1998 for all who wish to enjoy the sport of trampolining. We offer expert coaching for children and adults of all ages and abilities from beginner to competitor. We also have dedicated and integrated sessions for those members with disabilities. Whether you want to bounce just for fun and exercise or to reach the highest level of competitive jumping, we are the Club for YOU!
Building the Trampoline & Activity Centre
A little bit of history…a whole lot of future! In 1999, Recoil Trampoline Club began the long campaign towards building a regional facility for trampolining in Brentwood and a home for our Club. The project was the idea of our then Chair of Trustees and Senior Coach, Tricia Sharpe. She worked tirelessly to steer the Club towards raising an amazing £360,000.
Tricia identified an underused and unloved hall called Keys Hall in Brentwood that would be perfect for her project and the good news was that she had raised enough money to begin the refurbishment. Work started on 12th July 2011 and took only 12 weeks to complete.
Our grateful thanks to our supporters who helped this dream come true:
Essex County Council’s 2012 Legacy Fund – £200,000
Brentwood Borough Council – £50,000
Zurich Finance ‘Openwork Foundation’ towards the Multi-Sensory Room – £10,000
British Gymnastics Lottery Funding – £65,000
Ted Blake and the History of Trampolining in Brentwood
The old Keys Hall became The Trampoline & Activity Centre! Keys Hall was originally built as an Army gymnasium, which was used for PT training during WWII. A Brentwood man named Ted Blake was the physical Instructor at the hall, who went on to become the early pioneer of trampolining in Britain. Ted Blake was to become influential in building the popularity of the sport in the UK. He became Managing Director of Nissen UK (manufacturers of trampolines in the Brentwood area for many years) and a chief architect in the way competitive trampolining operates today. Adopting this Hall for Trampolining is in keeping with the history of the building the core of which dates back to the 19th century. The Club named the main hall housing the trampolines ‘The Ted Blake Hall' in his memory: Terence (Ted) Blake (1921-1998).
Tim Blake, son of Ted, came to our Grand Opening Day on 3rd October 2011 and gave his wholehearted approval of our unique facility dedicated to trampolining and his father.
The Trampoline & Activity Centre has a large welcoming reception area, viewing areas and ancillary rooms including a classroom for coach & judge education. There is also rooms available for hire.
The Ted Blake Hall has 9 full-sized competition standard trampolines all of which are sunken to floor level, providing a safer and more accessible training arena. This area has a large welcoming reception area, viewing areas and ancillary rooms including a classroom for coach/judge education, a large reception area, office space and storage rooms.
Adjacent to the main trampoline hall is a Disability Suite. This area has its own entrance into a large welcoming reception area, toilet facilities, a wet room with specialist changing facilities and overhead ceiling track hoist. There is also a state of the art Multi-Sensory room which has direct access into the main trampoline hall from this area.
Mayor’s Chosen Charity
Recoil Trampoline Club was very proud to be chosen as one of the Mayor Cllr Joan Holmes’ nominated charities in 2011. This was a great honour as not only as the Mayor raised a huge amount of funds for Recoil but also for her support also raised the profile of our project. At the end of her term, she was able to award us £13,250 which was enough to fully equip our Multi-Sensory Room.
Since then, the Club is thrilled to have received very generous grants from the Saddlers’ Company, the Hutton Free Church Women’s Fellowship and a generous grant from the Billericay Round Table. Our grateful thanks to them.
Recoil a Winning Club
In June 2012 three members of the Recoil’s coaching team were shortlisted for three British Gymnastics National Awards, something that had never happened before in the history of the awards. Tricia Sharpe received the Services to Gymnastics in the Community Award.
We are continuing to make applications for further funding to help grow and support the work the Club does for the community. If you are an individual or organisation that would like to support this unique Club, please contact or telephone 01277 500282 for more information.
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