Harborough sports group jumping for joy at grants awards

Top, Maisie Marsden with front centre, Kieran Grundy coach and Debbie Simms of Waitrose
Top, Maisie Marsden with front centre, Kieran Grundy coach and Debbie Simms of Waitrose

A Market Harborough sports group has been given a big boost after being awarded a pair of crucial grants.

The Market Harborough Trampoline Academy, which is based at Harborough Leisure Centre, has been given cash from Waitrose as part of the supermarket’s Community Matters grants scheme.

And the Harborough District Leisure Trust, which runs the leisure centre on behalf of Harborough District Council, has match-funded the grant.

The club has used the money to buy new safety mats to replace worn floor matting around the trampolines.

It will help the club’s members by improving conditioning work and to ensure it meets the latest general safety regulations.

The new matting arrived on March 31 and Debbie Simms, from the town’s branch of Waitrose in Springfield Street, visited recently to see the new equipment put to good use.

Coach Kieran Grundy said: “We train for eight hours a week and host three competitions per year.

“This is really going to help put us on the map, in terms of East Midlands trampolining – it looks fantastic.”

The club has enjoyed recent success with six of its gymnasts qualifying for the East Midlands team; Monte Burrows, Maisie Marsden, Jodi Grewcock, Kyle Simpson, Katie Bishop and Ben Green.

They will all represent the region at a competition in Peterborough on the weekend of May 30 and 31.