it's report on sport, Into the 90's, the Sports
Council highlighted the fact that women, and in particular,
housewives, were under-represented in sporting activities.
also pointed out that providers of sport should address
the need for sports for the disabled, and for other
minority groups. Trampolining is able to address this
need, and ensure that sport is indeed made available
for all. Our club aims, through our project (Bounce
2000), to ensure that these needs are met.
sports such as boxing, rugby, or American Football,
are clearly targeted at males rather than females (indeed
American Football with its cheerleaders is perhaps a
clear example of sexism in sport). However, other sports,
which at first sight are open to both sexes, do tend
to favour one. Tennis is a prime example of this, where
the prize money is much higher for the men that for
the women. Another example is athletics, where television
coverage of men's events is much higher than for the
women. Trampolining has neither direct or indirect discrimination.
Indeed, it was pleasing to note that when the World
Championships were shown on television recently, equal
time was allocated for the men's and ladies' finals.
trampolining, points are awarded for both style and
for skill. Neither of these attributes is the sole preserve
of either sex.
is perhaps the greatest discriminating factor in most
sports. Few sports clubs will allow children to join
before they reach school age, and often the minimum
age is much higher. There is also often an upper age,
if not because of the rules, then because of the physical
nature of the sports concerned. Trampolining can be
enjoyed across the whole age spectrum. We have in our
club a very active "tots" section, where children
under 5, and sometimes as young as 2, can join in. We
find that even the under 5's not only enjoy bouncing,
but also master many of the basic skills. Indeed, we
have at times been able to enter under 5's in competitions.
the other end of the spectrum, many adults, generally
parents of our younger members, have been introduced
to trampolining for the first time. And as for an upper
age limit, a trampolining coach was recently talking
about a 65-year-old, whom he had taught to do a double
somersault for the first time!
Sports Council has identified the need to target ethnic
minority groups in projects for growth in sports. While
we have always ensured that nobody is excluded for our
sport because of their race or colour, we are aware
that only a small percentage of our members come from
ethnic minorities. Indeed, the same appears to be true
of all of the trampolining clubs in the country. As
we expand our membership base under the Bounce 2000
initiative, we will be looking very carefully at this
area, to try to identify any reasons for this. We recognise
that there is wide scope for introducing people from
ethnic minorities to the sport.