This LSBU Girl Can – Interview with the Trampoline Club’s President

This LSBU Girl Can – Interview with the Trampoline Club’s President

This Girl Can is a campaign celebrating active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets. The project, funded by The National Lottery and developed by Sport England, aims to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.

To celebrate ‘This Girl Can’ week (20th-26th November 2017), iBank Media will be bringing you an exclusive series of interviews over the week from women in sports here at LSBSU.

To finish the collection we finish with Trampoline Clubs’ President Chloe Crocker. Chloe is a third year, Child Nursing student and founded the Trampolining Club last year. In the first year, her team won club of the year at the Activities Awards Dinner, 2016/2017.

What inspired you to take up trampoline?

I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old and my childminder wanted to find something to tame my energy and did that right up until I was 15, my club moved venue when I was about 12 into a purpose built trampoline based venue and I started jumping for fun at 13 when I decided I enjoyed it so much I wanted to start competing! This year makes my 8th and I still enjoy it as much as the first.

What is your favourite move and why?

My favourite move is a 3/4 back somersault, where you land on your stomach and then kick round to a backward somersault again to feet, not as complicated as it sounds! I’ve been able to do it for about 3 or 4 years and it’s by far my best move and one that not many people enjoy doing!

What does a typical session look like?

Generally, a session involves us setting out the trampolines and doing a 20 minute warm-up and stretch, we then do some simple skills to start and then move onto harder skills that each individual person might be working on. At 19.00, the recreational session ends and the competition squad continue for the second hour in which we practice routines and skills for the upcoming competitions, our first which is in February in Cambridge

What has been the highlight of your experience as president of trampolining?

Since starting the club last year, it’s been amazing seeing it grow into what it is now! We started with 2 competitors at BUCS in 2016, then had 7 in 2017 and we hope to have about 10-15 for 2018. The members have grown in confidence and skill level since they first started and we’re getting more and more participants as we go! It’s crazy to think that I, with the help of my committee, have managed to start this up from nothing and it’s going to (hopefully!) keep going way past me graduating in July!

Are there things you enjoy that you didn’t think you would enjoy?

I really enjoyed the challenge of setting up the club, and although it still can be tricky at times, it’s made worth it by watching people conquer their fears and try new things!

What do you think the stereotype of trampolining is and how does this compare to the reality?

I think the stereotype of trampolining is that everyone is really good at it, and you can only start from a young age, that’s 100% not true! Trampolining is a sport for all, no matter what age or ability, true we have members who have done trampolining or gymnastics before, but we also have those who have never been on a trampoline before in their lives and still enjoy the sport and have come on in leaps and bounds (pun intended ha)

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about joining your sports team?

I would say to them to definitely go for it! Trampolining is such a good sport for fitness even if you just want to have a bounce every week, I’d suggest giving it a try first before you commit to membership, we still offer one free trial session.

What is the ratio of males to females in your society? Why do you think this is?

I’ve found that the ratio is about 1:10. We have far more females than males, probably because I think trampolining and gymnastics are viewed as more female sports, due to the aesthetic nature, but it’s definitely not just for women, but men too!

Did you have any concerns about body image and confidence and have they changed?

When I was younger, I was quite body conscious, I was bigger and had a more athletic build than my friends at school because of trampolining, but having to wear a leotard to every competition has built my confidence and made me feel so much better about myself, STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL!!!
 

Interested in joining the Trampolining Club?

Day: Wednesday 

Time: 6pm – 8pm 

Location: The Castle Leisure Centre 

Come join us for a session no matter what your ability is. Contact us below for more information.

Email: crockerc@lsbu.ac.uk

Facebook: South Bank Trampoline Club

LSBSU Website: More information and membership 

More articles on This LSBU Girl Can Week:

This LSBU Girl Can Week has begun 

Monday 20th November – Jujitsu 

Tuesday 21st November – Hockey 

Wednesday 22nd November – Federation Chair Sarah Clifton 

Thursday 23rd November – Cheerleading 

Friday 24th November – Women’s Rugby

Saturday 25th November – Trampolining 

Keep in touch by using the hashtag #ThisLSBUGirlCan

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