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No bounce from salsa class

A TRAMPOLINING coach who trains youngsters in North Solihull Leisure Centre, including a former British champion, claims he has been forced to stop classes on the grounds of health and safety.

A TRAMPOLINING coach who trains youngsters in North Solihull Leisure Centre, including a former British champion, claims he has been forced to stop classes on the grounds of health and safety.

Jon Wall teaches trampolining three nights a week in the centre run by Parkwood Leisure Ltd, with a class dedicated to children on Mondays.

But last week, Jon said he had to stop the session due to loud noise from a salsa class in the main sports hall scheduled to run at the same time.

He said: "It was far too loud for us to be able to teach the children safely and for them to be able to hear our instructions when they were up in the air.

"If the kids can't hear us, moves cannot be learnt safely which makes it too dangerous to continue."

The trampoline class is subsidised by a government scheme, Positive Futures - that aims to get children off the streets and into sport.

But Jon claims the centre's actions go against this principle. "A wide mixture of kids attends the class, several with special needs along with Madison Gordon who is training for her first international competition.

"But this is proving increasingly difficult especially for Madison as we need to be able to talk to her as she performs her moves in order for her to continue to improve."

Furthermore, the Solihull News reported comments from another local coach, Mike Dolby, who blasted Solihull youngsters for being "more interested in iPods and mobile phones" than sports. But Jon said this was not true of the children in his class who have been upset by the cancellation.

Father-of-two Iain Bowes, said his children had enjoyed trampolining at the centre for the last year and had joined the Monday session when it began three weeks ago.

Iain said his son, who suffers from the neurological disorder Dyspraxia, benefits from trampolining as it "has helped him develop skills that help him on a day to day basis."

He fully supported Jon's decision to cancel the popular class.

"As a Health and Safety Officer for my own company, I have been in the sports hall during the salsa class and the volume level was so loud that we struggle to hold a conversation."

After complaining to the centre's management team, Jon said the situation was yet to be resolved.

Centre manager Wayne Desmond told Solihull News on Wednesday: "I have contacted the woman who runs the salsa classes today and she is willing to cooperate.

"We don't want to cancel anything, if the noise is a health and safety issue, we will carry out a risk assessment on the noise levels."

 

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