Trampoline therapy for the disabled

CHILDREN with disabilities are benefiting from ‘rebound therapy’, thanks to a new trampoline.

The equipment at Impulse Leisure Southwick has been funded by West Sussex County Council’s Short Breaks initiative, which has been running for three years.

Mandy Hollick, trampoline rebound therapy coach, said the sessions enabled children with disabilities and additional needs to engage in an activity which had previously been available only to mainstream children.

“The sessions promote wellbeing, strength and provide a social setting for them to meet, communicate and build friendships,” she explained.

“Trampolining improves their confidence and co-ordination, along with having a positive impact on their general fitness.

“The new equipment will help to ensure every child who comes to a rebound session has fun and will dramatically improve everyone’s experience.”

A rebound therapy launch event will be held at the Old Barn Way leisure centre on Friday, March 28, at 4pm.

Short Breaks’ trampoline rebound therapy sessions run on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, and cost £3.50 for members, £4.50 for non-members.

A drop-in session for children wishing to try out rebound therapy will take place on Thursday, April 17, 9.30am to 11.30am.