They call it a ‘sprung’ floor: a floor specially designed to be more forgiving to the hard-running, hard-jumping, hard-bouncing bodies of gymnasts and acrobats.
And now the Berri District Youth Club has one!
The Berri model consists of a network of interlocking wooden panels, laid on a bed of thick foam underlay. For good measure, gym mats are laid out on top of the panels as well.
(The floor cost $66,000; the Office for Recreation and Sport contributed $20,000 under Round 43 of the Active Club Program.)
It’s great news for the club’s 300+ members, and the 600 children who use the facility each year for Kindergym, gym birthday parties, and school and holiday programs.
It’s also a welcome relief for all those bodies! Now, rather than jar their joints (as rigid floors frequently do), the new floor rolls with the punches a bit more – offering participants of all ages a kinder landing.
Jane McFarlane from the Berri club says the sprung floor means that club members are now much better prepared for out-of-town competitions, because they can train on the same sort of surface they’ll encounter on competition day:
“It makes the playing field more even that way,” she says, “rather than trying to train on an inferior floor and then adjust to a better one when we’re away.”
The new sprung floor meets national standards, is expected to significantly reduce the incidence of injuries – and best of all, should hugely increase the rate of sheer enjoyment among users!
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