Q&A: Chairwoman of the Brentwood Trampoline Club Angela Doyle
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:14 23 November 2018
After her daughter began her "love affair" with the sport, Angela Doyle got involved and later became the chairwoman of the Brentwood Trampoline Club.
She tells Enjoy Brentwood More what have been the highlights of her year so far and the benefits of trampolining.
Can you tell me a little bit about the club?
The Brentwood Trampoline Club was founded in the 1980s.
The club caters for people of all ages and sizes as well as all abilities.
Some members just like to keep fit, and, bouncing is a fantastic form exercise.
Others prefer to train hard and explore their competitive side.
There is also provision for Pay-as-you-go members who can’t commit to a set time and day each week.
The BTC coaches are both committed to the club (most of whom have coached there for more than 20 years) and very capable and over the years, they have produced athletes who have competed at both national and international levels with excellent results.
It is because of the club’s reputation and success in the competitive arena that some of our members travel from as far away as Ipswich to train in Brentwood.
How did you get involved in the club?
In 2014, my 14-year-old daughter, who at the time was a gymnast, begged me to allow her to start trampolining at her school one afternoon a week.
Shortly after that, she was invited to attend a training session at the Brentwood club to see if she liked it.
Over the next three years she was seduced by the sport and before long, she was training six days a week and had quit her gymnastics.
The love affair had started!
As with all love affairs there are usually hiccups along the way, and when she fractured her ankle, after an awkward landing, I suspected the romance had come to an end.
I was wrong, she couldn’t wait to get back and has gone from strength to strength since then.
What do you like about being part of the trampoline club?
It’s a pleasure seeing children enjoying themselves physically in a safe environment.
BTC welcomes anyone who is interested, regardless of ability, and this gives the club a relaxed and fun atmosphere, whilst still producing results.
It is a relatively small club, and because of this, there is a strong sense of “team” which can be hard to achieve sometimes in a larger club especially in a non-team sport.
What has been a highlight of the club’s this year?
A personal highlight for me was watching my daughter compete in the final of the 17-21 British Championships.
One of our members represented Hong Kong in the World Age Group Championships in Russia and least ten members competed in the finals of the Trampoline National League bringing home one gold, three silvers and a bronze medal.
Who can become a member and how?
Membership is open to anyone and we have availability most evenings every week.
The first session is free.
For interested parties further information, including training sessions and times as well as contact details, can be found on the Brentwood Trampoline Club website.
What do you think the future looks like for the group?
The future is always slightly daunting because it is unpredictable.
There is no doubt that the appearance of large trampoline parks in our area has affected our membership numbers, especially in the leisure category.
This said, I believe that there will always be a place for formal coaching and serious training for those who are interested and dedicated.
I also believe that the standard of coaching at BTC is well recognised and appreciated, so I feel optimistic about the future.
For more information about the club, visit here