IT’S a flipping fun activity that is taking the world by storm.
And now it’s coming to Portsmouth.
Around £1m is being spent on creating a huge trampolining venue – the first of a series of arenas planned for the UK and Europe by firm Flip Out.
Forget jumping up and down on a rickety trampoline in the back garden, this is jumping and bouncing ramped up to the max.
Other companies have similar centres in Britain and they have proven to be a huge hit.
The Flip Out centres feature dozens of interconnected trampolines that allow jumpers to spring and vault in all directions.
An empty industrial warehouse in North Harbour will be transformed.
Jon Inwards, 32, director of Flip Out UK, who is based in London, told The News: ‘There are over 100 interconnected trampolines. You can jump from one wall to another, literally bouncing off the walls.
‘It’s for all ages – anyone from three years old to 63 years old.
‘It’s all about getting kids off their computers and phones and getting them into a healthy environment where they can enjoy themselves.’
The centre, including a cafe for people who want to spectate, will open in the former Wiggle warehouse in Southampton Road, North Harbour.
The online bike retailer has moved part of its business to Wolverhampton.
Mr Inwards said: ‘We picked Portsmouth for the first one in Europe because the location is excellent.
‘We are really excited to get it up and running. It’s a very successful business over in Australia. We are going to open multiple sites across the UK – Portsmouth is going to be the first and flagship site.’
The centre will feature disco nights, a resident DJ, dance competitions, and general fitness classes.
One hour of trampolining the circuit can burn 1,000 calories.
The centre should open for the October half-term holidays.
Architects and graffiti artists will be going in to design the arena.
‘It’s going to be something different that no-one will have seen before,’ added Mr Inwards.
Councillor Linda Symes, in charge of leisure, said: ‘Anything that encourages people to take up a sport or do any kind of activity to keep fit is fantastic. We should be pleased it’s coming here.’