The City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club (CETC) was founded in October 2006 by Head Coach, Lauren Jeffrey. Lauren began coaching trampolining classes at the Crags Sports Centre on the Southside in 2005, having previously had 14 years experience as a successful, competitive trampolinist. The Crags, initially built with Lottery funding, was subsequently taken over by Edinburgh Leisure in 2006, and closed in 2010. The Sports Centre is now in use again, and is privately run.
Lauren quickly became aware of the lack of opportunity for talented, enthusiastic youngsters to take part in the sport at competition level, as there were no existing trampoline clubs in the City. In collaboration with the then Gymnastics & Trampolining Development Officer for Edinburgh Leisure, Perrotine Orr, a co-ordinated plan was introduced, to provide a clear pathway from recreational & development classes to City of Edinburgh Club classes, thus enabling youngsters to take part in competitions organised by the sports’ governing body, Scottish Gymnastics. The Club became ‘Independent’ on 1st January 2008.
By the summer of 2008, CETC decided that it was time to look for an alternative venue, which they found with Midlothian Council at Lasswade HSC. The centre provided excellent equipment, 4 well maintained competition- sized trampolines and friendly, supportive staff. These improved facilities have helped CETC to achieve more success than they could ever have envisaged at the start of their journey. The Club purchased 2 Eurotramp trampolines (recently upgraded to 4x4) with the help of Lottery funding from ‘Awards for All’, and with extensive fundraising from Club members & supportive parents, were also able to purchase a refurbished DMT, support RIG, Eurotramp DMT, landing area & a range of mats.
In April 2011, the Club secured an additional training venue at Meadowmill Sports Centre, near Tranent, East Lothian, where they have the use of 2 trampolines and 2 DMT's.
The Club currently has a membership of around 170 youngsters, ranging in age from 2 years (©Bouncing Babes) through to adult. CETC has a pro-active Committee, who are very supportive of the Club and coaches. The Club has many fully qualified coaches and assistants, and newly-qualified 'Learn to Coach' assistants. CETC has a policy of encouraging youngsters to remain in the sport by obtaining coaching and judging qualifications, and passing on & sharing their experience and knowledge with other Club members.
CETC very much values parental input - and encourages parents & helpers to gain judging qualifications and volunteer as marshals/helpers for the Club at Scottish Gymnastics & local competitions. The Club also has very active fundraising & social committees, ensuring that it offers something for everyone.
Club competitors have gained an impressive haul of medals since the early days, and numerous Scottish National titles. In the 2007-2008 Competition season, two Club members were selected by Scottish Gymnastics for the East of Scotland Trampoline Squad, and three members were selected for the 2008-2009 season. The Club are hopeful that others from CETC will also be selected when Regional Squads are reformed - hopefully in 2016, after a long absence.
Having introduced double-mini trampolining (DMT) to the Club in April 2009, CETC were delighted when 3 competitors secured places at the British Trampoline & DMT Championships 2009, held at the N.I.A. in Birmingham. Six CETC gymnasts qualified for DMT at the British National Championships 2010 and a further 8 DMT & 3 Individual Trampolinists qualified for the Nationals in 2011. In 2012, 9 CETC gymnasts qualified for this event, and in both 2010 & 2011, CETC secured a podium placing for DMT. CETC continued their success at British Championships in 2013, by achieving a bronze medal win in DMT & a British Champion in the Girls U13 DMT category.
By 2014, CETC was really showing its strength in DMT, and in 2015, secured medal placings at NDP Finals, and silver & gold medals at the British Trampoline, DMT & Tumbling Championships.
In 2014, an Elite performer from CETC was the first gymnast to be selected from a Scottish Club for the Great Britain Junior DMT Squad, regularly attending residential training at the National Sports Centre at Lillishall.The gymnast was also selected for the GB DMT Team who travelled to Daytona Beach, Florida, USA in September 2014, to represent GB at the World Age Group Championships, taking 21st place in the 15-16 DMT Elite Ladies category.
In 2015, the gymnast was reselected for the GB Squad, together with a further gymnast from the Club - with one of the girls helping to secure the gold medal position for the GB Junior DMT Team at the Loule Cup in Portugal.
Both girls were selected for the GB Team travelling to the World Age Group Championships, held in Odense, Denmark in December 2015.The girls secured 13th & 9th places - a fantastic achievement- from the only Scottish Club members qualifying for the event from all the rebound disciplines.
CETC Head Coach was selected as a GB DMT Coach for the World Age Group Championships in 2014,The Loule Cup (Portugal) in October 2015, & for both World Age Group Championships & World Championships (senior) in 2015 - the only coach from a Scottish Club to be selected for Worlds in 2014 & 2015, & The Loule Cup 2015, out of all 3 rebound disciplines (TRA,DMT,TUM)
CETC is also involved in facilitating the Active Schools trampoline coaching sessions for East Lothian Council, in Haddington, Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Tranent & Dunbar, as well as Enjoy Leisure recreational programmes at Meadowmill Sports Centre, East Lothian.
CETC very much look forward to continuing their progress & success in 2016 and beyond.