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Trampoline session provides therapy for disabled kids

Victoria with her daughter Flo

Disabled children in Nottingham are bouncing for joy after being offered free trampoline sessions.

From March 11th the Oliver Hind Youth Club in Sneinton has been welcoming youngsters aged between four and 12 to try out the sporting activity in a safe and inclusive environment.

The ‘Epic Bounce’ sessions are supported by local charities Footprints and Epic Partners, both provide vital funding so the service can stay open at no cost to families with disabled children.

Michaela Castillo-Williams, a project manager at Epic Partners, told BBC News trampolining can help with "fitness, flexibility, coordination and balance, along with regulating your emotions".

Victoria knows only too well about the positive impacts it can have, her daughter Flo [pictured above], who has Downs Syndrome, was one of the first children at Epic Bounce.

"She absolutely loved it.” Victoria said.

"It's great to be able to be part of a group where they cater to those needs and understand those needs and she can be free to run around and have fun."

Stephen Frew, 47, charity manager at Footprints, hopes the initiative will become more tailored to the needs of the young people that are coming".

He added: "Too often when we're doing work with children with additional needs it becomes work, so the great thing about rebound is it's fun.

"It works with their emotions, their feelings, their muscles and everything at the same time in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as all the activities that we have going round that include sensory enrichment, so it covers a bit of everything in a fun way."

[ The trampoline was invented by George Nissan in 1936 to catch trapeze artists in the circus. ]

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