Tumbles at Portobello - soft-play and gymnastics
Continental Sports Ltd has recently completed the installation of a range of gymnastics equipment at the new Tumbles at Portobello facility for Edinburgh Leisure.
Edinburgh Leisure have recently transformed a little-used indoor bowls hall into one of the UK’s leading gymnastics training and soft-play facilities. Tumbles is now the UK’s first bespoke gymnastics training centre with artistic gymnastics to performance level, trampolining to competition level, and a dedicated FreeG Freestyle Gymnastics ModuBlox area.
Continental worked closely with Edinburgh Leisure’s Gymnastics Development Officer, Karen McGrath, and Scottish Gymnastics to propose a layout taking account of the range of activities that Edinburgh Leisure wanted to offer along with the requirements for high performance artistic gymnastics from Scottish Gymnastics.
The design and installation process:
Stage 5 - manufacture and installation
We did it! The finished facility (completed a week early!)
Due to the site being on the coast and the resultant high water table, along with the short timescales, digging for dismount pits was not possible, so the dismount pit, vault, tumble track, fast-track and recessed trampolines were located in the largest raised podium in the UK at 500m2.
The gymnastics equipment included:
- A full size FIG approved artistic sprung floor
- A beam area with four FIG approved beams and two low training beams
- A bars area with two FIG approved uneven bars and a height adjustable high bar
- A mens artistic area with FIG approved rings, parallel bars and pommel horse
- A trampoline area with two competition trampolines and end decks
- A FreeG area for Freestyle Gymnastics incorporating Continental’s revolutionary ModuBlox system with surrounding Tribond matting
- Two fully foam filled dismount pits with FIG approved high bar, uneven bars, parallel bars, and two recessed trampolines to pit
- An innovative open-ended U-shaped dismount pit
- A fast-track and tumble track with dismount to landing area and pit
- An FIG approved vault to a matted landing area and a TeamGym Tarpan vault and Dorado trampette for TeamGym with dismount to pit
- Ancillary items included – a Just for Kids PVC floor cover, wall padding at the end of the podium landing area, Freestyle blocks and mats, coaching blocks and mats, wall bars, a set of Junior Gym rings, high bar, uneven bars and double rebounder
The images below show some of the interesting features at Tumbles at Portobello. Please click any of the pictures for a larger image:
The 6m high play-gym area provides younger children with clear, enticing views of the excitment of the gymnastics going on all around.
The balcony viewing area provides views over the gym, podium and play-gym to the FreeG ModuBlox in the distance
A run of ModuBlox is used to provide the podium edge alongside a section of the pit. When the removable edge padding is lifted-off, this allows Freestylers to jump from the ModuBlox area, onto the blocks forming the pit edge and somersault into the foam pit. Great fun!
The UK's largest gymnastics podium at 500m2 provides recessed fast-track, dismount pits, U-pit, tumble track and two vault runs.
Stage 6 - a delighted customer and a successful launch!
At the recent opening of Tumbles at Portobello, John Comiskey, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Leisure commented: "Tumbles has been developed by Edinburgh Leisure in direct response to unmet demand for family activities in this area and specifically in response to the surge in popularity of gymnastics across Edinburgh.
“There are over 200 children currently on waiting lists for Edinburgh Leisure gymnastics programmes, demonstrating just how popular gymnastics is becoming. By creating the City's only purpose-built gymnastics and freestyle facility, we are confident that many more children will be inspired to become more active and take advantage of the facilities that Tumbles at Portobello has to offer.”
The image above taken at the opening of Tumbles at Portobello shows (L to R) Jeff Ainsley, Director of House of Play, John Comiskey, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Leisure and Nick Booth, Managing Director of Continental Sports Ltd
If you are considering developing a new gymnastics training facility, or converting an existing building into a gymnastics centre then please contact Continental to see how we can help you.
Edinburgh Leisure’s ground-breaking idea of having a significant soft-play (play-gym) area within the same hall as the gymnastics is extremely exciting, with the soft-play offering many benefits:
The above image shows a render of the actual playgym
We strongly feel that soft-play / play-gym works extremely well in a gymnastics training centre, and will help to support the commercial success of your facility. The Tumbles soft-play area was supplied and installed by theUK’s leading manufacturer of soft-play facilities and Continental’s supplier of choice - House of Play. Continental can provide a one-stop-shop for the design of your facility incorporating a soft-play area from House of Play.
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