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About Us

Alton Trampoline Club was founded on 3rd November 1990 by Sylvia Comber.

In February 2014, Alton Trampoline Club was awarded the ‘Club of the Year’ award at the East Hampshire Sports Awards.

In 2019, Alton Trampoline Club celebrated when one of its members, Stuart Sharpe, won the Disability Mens Category 1 group at the English Championships! He has also been selected to be part of the Great Britain Disability Squad. This was following his victories at both the 2018 English and British Championships!

Back in February 2006, the club was one of the first to become GymMark accredited, including becoming the very first Trampoline Club in Alton to have this accreditation.

GymMark accreditation is awarded by British Gymnastics to clubs that it recognises as safe, effective and child friendly, providing a service in the community that children and young people, their parents/carers and others with a passion for Gymnastics can trust.

In 2016 we became one of the first 10 gymnastics clubs in the country to be signed off as an INclusive club by British Gymnastics. This programme is designed to create more participation opportunities for people with disabilities within Gymnastics and demonstrates our commitment to being an all-inclusive club.

Its Members

There are currently around 60 members from the ages of 5 to 30.

We are a competitive club, but the emphasis is on encouraging rather than pressurising our members to compete. We strongly believe that all members irrespective of ability have something to offer.

Members are encouraged to develop at their own pace and to the best of their ability. Not everyone can be a world champion, but everyone can work towards their own personal goals, whether it is fitness, British Gymnastics Award Schemes or local/regional/national competitions. The only thing is compulsory is to have fun!

This flexible and laid-back approach has produced several National Grade performers and equally as important, has seen several members qualify as coaches and judges in their own right and go on to pass their knowledge and enthusiasm to the next generation. It is this family atmosphere which gives the club its unique character.

The efforts of everyone involved at the club and our achievements also resulted in us being named as the ‘Club of the Year’ at the East Hampshire Sports Awards in 2014.

In recent years we have had finalists in the British and English Championships, Trampoline League Finals and National Schools Championships. We also had members representing the Southern Region at the 2019 Regional Team Finals in Trampolining and Double Mini-Trampoline (DMT).

Videos of the club and what we do can be found in our Photos and Videos section.

The Committee

In addition to the coaching staff, we have a committee to oversee the running of the club. The current committee members are as follows:

Chairperson
Vicky Othen

Secretary
Judy Plumridge

Competition Secretaries
Federica Vazzana & Anne Edward

Treasurer
Sylvia Comber

Funding Officer
Andrew George

Head Coach
Mike Wakely

Schools Liaison Officer
Kerry Wells

Parent Liaison Officer
Vacant

Publicity Officer
Angela Owens

Social Secretaries
Kerry Wells & Glenda Edwards

Health & Safety Officers
Mike Wakely & Stuart Sharpe

Website Co-ordinators
Mike Wakely & James Acott

Members’ Representatives
Federica Vazzana, Katherine George, Hattie Mitchell, Scarlett Othen & Lorna Plumridge

The Annual General Meeting is held each year around June, to which members and parents are encouraged to attend.

Coaches and Officials

We are fortunate to have a friendly and motivated group of coaches and officials, who all enjoy working with young people, and who all share a passion to develop performers to reach their potential and share their knowledge for the benefit of others.

Alton Trampoline Club (ATC) is run and coached by volunteers. We also welcome the help and support of parents, as this is one of the factors that helps the club feel family orientated and fun to be part of.

Click here to find out more about our valued team of coaches and officials.


Welfare

Our current Welfare Officers are Stuart Sharpe, Sylvia Comber and Fiona Gallagher.

We take the welfare of our members seriously, and as such, if you have any concerns or queries then please feel free to contact or speak to any of our Welfare Officers or to Head Coach Mike, either at training or by email. They are all approachable and aim to deal with any concerns that they or others may have, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Alton Trampoline Club subscribes to the British Gymnastics Equality Policy and as such all participants must be treated fairly and equally and respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin, religion or political persuasion, or disability.

We also follow the British Gymnastics Trampoline Code of Practice.

Our club policies are also available to download from our Club Policies section. Please contact us should you require any of our documents in large print.