Trampoline gymnastics club finalists to win share of £1M prize fund
Posted: Tue, 12 Oct 2021 20:33
Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy has been selected as a finalist for the Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative, which gives away over £1 million to help projects for young people in England, Wales & Scotland.
The Northampton club, based on Moulton Park, is one of 32 national finalists selected by the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in the sport category.
A public online vote of the finalists running from 11th October to 19th November will determine the national winners with three major prizes up for grabs for each category.
First prize sees the winner walk away with a hefty £100,000, second prize is a cool £50,000 and third prize is £20,000. All other runners up receive £5,000 to go towards their projects for young people.
Now in its 44th year Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy operates classes for members of all ages and abilities, with a particular focus on ensuring classes are accessible and affordable for all members of the local community.
The club also has a dedicated weekly disability schedule now running at 30 hours per week for over 100 members with additional needs to access Trampoline Therapy and Indoor Climbing, thought to be one of the largest disability programmes of its type in the UK.
NTGA has also recently been involved in its own free packed-lunch programmes and partnered with Northamptonshire Sport to deliver free activities to children in the summer holidays who would usually receive free school meals.
NTGA Managing Director Harvey Smith said:
"As has been the case with many businesses we had to close for a total of 11 months over the pandemic. Thankfully, we were able to reopen and our members showed great loyalty in returning, however, I know not all businesses have been as lucky.
Other than the obvious challenges of having no income over that period with us being a not-for-profit organisation, reopening has presented new and continued obstacles with price increases across the board.
We are passionate about doing everything possible to avoid passing these increases on to our loyal members and the Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative would not only help to secure the short term but also the long term future of NTGA.
If we were to win we can continue with our commitment to make NTGA a truly accessible place for all members of the local community. We are also at 100% of our current capacity across many of our classes with waiting lists growing by the week.
The funds would enable us to modify and extend our current facilities in order to welcome more members, particularly those with a disability or from underprivileged areas who may not necessarily be able to attend clubs like this otherwise."
The Persimmon Homes Building Futures voting is now open until Friday 19th November.