Punters jumping with choice

Kids from Hunter Christian School in Mayfield playing a game of Bubble Soccer at Revolution Trampoline.Hunter Christian School pupils play bubble soccer at Revolution Trampoline Sports Park while Lochlan Buller, from competitor Flip Out, keeps an eye on the business’ trampoline arena.
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Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers

MARYVILLE is topical in property investment conversations and its reputation as a fun hot spot is also on the rise.

Not one, but two, indoor trampoline and activity centres – Flip Out and Revolution Trampoline Sports Park – are trading directly opposite each other in The Avenue, the latter business opening three weeks ago.

Flip Out supervisor Lochlan Buller. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Both businesses say they are doing steady trade and, well, bounce off each other, as punters try out both centres.

‘‘Opening opposite Flip Out [was] a very brazen play … but it’s been our best selling point,’’ Revolution Trampoline Sports Park regional manager Daniel Thompson says.

‘‘People will come in and say well we just wanted to see what you had in comparison.’’

Founded by Sydney businessman Brent Grundy, franchised business Flip Out was the first to open for business in May.

Mr Grundy was unavailable for comment when contacted by The Herald, however Flip Out Maryville’s manager, Lochlan Buller, said the centre had the longest trampoline arena of all of the 22 franchised centres across .

Mr Buller said the arena will soon be lightly shortened to make way for a trampoline basketball court.

‘‘It will be the first one for Flip Out – we have had a lot of people ask for it and down the track the business will change as other ideas come through,’’ he says.

Flip Out specialises in trampoline facilities for young and old and runs classes to suit all ages.

Revolution Trampoline regional manager Daniel Thompson. Pic: Max Mason-Hubers

Its ninja classes cater for children aged four to 12 years old, with a focus on flipping and tricking and building confidence.

Those over the age of 15 can do adult agility classes which aim to increase flexibility and balance by incorporating movements from disciplines such as trampolining, parkour and gymnastics.

Flip Out hosts children’s parties and groups ranging from football squads to Scouts and school students.

‘‘Everyone loves trampolines – it’s good for fitness and it’s fun,’’ Mr Buller, who plays for Wests Under 19s, says. ‘‘There is a lot of cardio and I’m big on that with my footy, so if I have a day off I’ll come in here for an hour and jump around for some extra training.’’

With five Sydney-based owners, Revolution Trampoline Sports Park opened in mid-September and, says Mr Thompson, has built a steady following.

The business has identified two other sites in NSW for new centres and it is already planning a rebrand as a ‘‘sports’’ park rather than trampoline park due to its diverse activity mix.

Its cavernous 4672-square-metre building is home to scores of trampolines, with a special area for kids, bubble soccer, laser skirmish, slam dunk basketball, dodgeball and an Air Trak mattress ideal for gymnasts.

It is close to finishing its so-called Leap of Faith jumping platform and Mr Thompson says there are plans afoot to use a vacant 800-square-metre space as an ‘‘inflatable field with waterslides’’.

‘‘There will be at least one major waterslide, we want to tailor it to business even when it’s hot,’’ he says, saying the first spell of hot spring weather inspired the idea.

The centre plans to introduce competitions in dodgeball, slam dunk and bubble soccer and bring in other fitness classes.

‘‘The whole business philosophy is diversity, so the same customers can come in time and time again and go away with a new experience each time, whether it’s bubble soccer, trampolines, doing a trick into an air bag … we want complete customer satisfaction,’’ he says.

Mr Thompson says the centre is the only one in Newcastle to offer bubble soccer – where players hop into giant, transparent plastic balls and bump into each other as they play – and will introduce futsal and indoor cricket.

With a background in computer science and sharemarket and property investment, Mr Thompson says his current job is allowing him to indulge in a passion for working with staff to create a good business culture.

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