For children who like to be airborne, we have Trampolining classes. These can deliver the same health and well-being benefits as Gymnastics: balance, coordination, cardiovascular fitness and self-confidence. Because toddlers and bouncing are such a natural combination, we start our Trampolining courses young: with our Pre-School (3 - 5 years) courses. From age 5 upwards, children can come to our General Trampolining classes. We’ll tell you when they’re ready to join an Intermediate course, and some children will be invited to join our Talent Development programme. We also run Trampolining sessions for children with additional support needs – the sessions are highly effective for increasing muscle tone, coordination and self-confidence.
Jump Nippers (3 – 5 years, Pre-School)
This bouncy class for 3–5 year olds is the perfect way to introduce youngsters to a lifetime of fitness and sport. Our pre-school coaching teaches children the basic skills of balance, coordination, re-bound, orientation, listening and observing in a safe and fun environment. Parents also attend these sessions, allowing you to enjoy 1:1 time with your child and watch them develop.
With a fully qualified coach, the kids will have use of a trampoline and soft play area, so they can practice while they wait their turn!
The Stage 1/Intermediate Trampoline class is a more advanced level of training ideal for those who have developed their basics. Within this class children will work on building upon the basics skills learned in the general trampoline class however in addition, some children enter into this level after attending a General level in another similar sport.
Sessions will include both strength and conditioning work alongside more advanced skills development work to increase the overall skill base and prepare participants technically for further levels of trampolining.
When children attend the Stage 2 class they will be showing key indicators that they are eager to learn, show good listening skills and have a desire to be taking part in the sport. At Stage 2, the gymnasts will see the length of lesson extended to a 90 minutes session. For gymnasts to attend a Stage 2 class they must be disciplined, have independence and be committed.
At this level they will build on their flexibility, strength and stamina that has been developed through previous stages. The gymnasts will be challenged with difficult skills which will need good body tension and spatial awareness.
Ideal for Children that have developed strong trampolining skills and have been invited to attend by their coach.The coaching sessions are two hours long, allowing the children to work on specific breakdowns and give them the preparation time required for the higher level skills that the children will be working on.
All of our coaches have direct links with external trampolining clubs so they can progress onto club level when they are ready.
Additional Support Needs
Within this class children will work on building upon the basics skills learned in the general trampoline class. Iin addition, some children enter into this level after attending a General level in another similar sport. Sessions will include both strength and conditioning work alongside more advanced skills development work to increase the overall skill base and prepare participants technically for further levels of trampolining.
Trampolining is a fun and challenging activity for everyone of all ages and abilities. It is one of the most comprehensive exercise programs available to children, incorporating strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and discipline. children can begin at a young age and continue through their teens and beyond. While some children use their talents and skills to become competitive, others participate in the sport simply because they enjoy learning new skills, developing their fitness or just having fun.
The benefits of trampolining are also beneficial for people with additional support needs. Children and adults will use the trampoline in a safe and inspirational environment. Each week children learn the skills and techniques needed to become competent on the trampoline. Edinburgh Leisure then hosts and annual trampolining competition to try out their new skills.
What to wear
Children should wear appropriate comfortable clothing that they can move around and be active in, for example T-shirts and shorts or leggings. Please note that dresses or skirts are not ideal. Please tie long hair back and remove any jewellery, and children should take a water bottle into their class with them. Note they will take part in the trampoline lessons in their socks. Parents of children in our Jump Nippers classes (3 to 5 years) are an important part of the class where both the children and adults have great fun learning and socialising together. Parents are encouraged to really get involved as the more the parent does then the more the child will take part. Parents are also advised to wear comfortable clothing.
When can children start trampolining?
Edinburgh Leisure offers classes for children from as soon as they are crawling right the way through to adult. There’s nothing little ones like better than bouncing and climbing on equipment. Saying that, it’s never too late to start trampolining and we have classes suitable for teenagers through to adults.