University of Portsmouth’s Gym and Trampolining society have raised nearly two hundred pounds for the British Heart Foundation after organising a night time event at Portsmouth’s new indoor trampoline area.
The event took place last week at Flip out, the new giant trampoline playground on Southampton Road, Portsmouth. Tickets cost £10 and were open to all of those who wanted a night on the trampolines with a live DJ, slushies and a nightclub setting. Over 75 tickets were sold in a matter of days and proceeds from the sales raised an impressive £197.50 for The British Heart Foundation.
Chelsie Williamson, President of the Gym and Trampoline Society, said: “We wanted to see if we could raise our RAG total from last year and thought Flip Out was a great way for us as a club to raise a bit of money while still being within our sport.
“The night went really well and we are really pleased at the amount of money we raised, hopefully it is the start of more successful fund raising attempts”
The society decided to host the event as a way of promoting the healthy living lifestyle as both the charity and their sport supports looking after your heart and body. They were hoping to raise funds to support the work carried out by the charity that help future generations with their health and exercise regimes.
With the clubs recent success and rebranding to become ‘The Jets”, it was also a perfect opportunity to raise the clubs profile and attract new members.
Chelsie said: “We regularly complete at both gymnastics and trampolining competitions and have recently picked up Team and Sports person of the week, so it was great to see so many people enjoying the night and different societies mixing together.’
The event was seen as a great success, with many students enjoying the new facility. The play area hosts a huge area of interconnected trampolines that cover the floor and areas of the wall. It also includes a foam pit, slam-dunk basketball area, a smoke machine and live DJ.
The society hopes to run more charity events in the future to continue their success in raising money for a good cause. Currently the team train trampolining every Tuesday between 4-7pm and also between 4-6pm on Fridays. They also provide training in Gymnastics every Wednesday between 1.30pm – 3.30pm and also on Sunday on a fortnightly basis between 2-4pm.