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Collage of pictures from Mayoral visitMayoral Visit - 6th May 2008

Fresh from their successes at the local polls, Cllrs. Frank Kenny, Mayor, and Joan Holmes, Deputy Chair of the council's sports panel visited Brentwood Trampoline Club last week to officially launch a new trampoline. The international standard trampoline cost over £4,000 and was purchased from £1,000 funding provided by the council through the Brentwood Sports Academy Scheme, £2,000 coming from the Jack Petchey Foundation and the balance from club funds. Accompanying the Mayor were Bob McLintock, formerly Chief Executive but now assuming a new consultative role in Brentwood following his retirement from the top post, and Jo Cory, Sports Development Officer.

Achievement awards

The party were able to spend time in the club with club officials explaining to them how the club operated within British Gymnastics, and how, although there were many levels of ability within the club, the different groups all work to a common end which was achieving the highest technical standards possible for each performer. Cllr. Kenny was also delighted to be able to present coaches Paul Kitchen and Dave Kingaby with Jack Petchey achievement awards reflecting their work over the past two years with the youngsters in the club.


Speaking about the visit Cllr. Kenny was enthusiastic:

"I was delighted to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves in such a positive environment and particularly to see that the club is helping many of their young people to develop their own coaching skills as well. With 8 trampolines in use throughout the period I was there it was non-stop activity with stunning moves from some of the top performers to surprisingly confident and competent activity from the younger ones. Supporting clubs like this is vitally important for the well-being of our community giving youngsters a positive activity to engage in - the Jack Petchey Foundation is a great source of inspiration for this work as well. Having visited here tonight I am now keen that our sports panel leaders should come out to see the 'factory floor' in action more often as well."


Brentwood Trampoline Club operates from the Brentwood School Sports Centre and has classes suitable for all ages and abilities, if you would like to find out more about the club please visit their website at or contact the club secretary on 01277 220722. Details of the Brentwood Sports Academy scheme can be found on the council website at Details of the Jack Petchey Foundation can be found at

Note to editors

Since it was established in 1999 the Jack Petchey Foundation has awarded £48million to a wide range of organisations in London and Essex that work with, and support young people aged 11-25. Jack Petchey, 82, wants to support young people to make the most of opportunities whatever their background or circumstances.

Pictures of the event can be downloaded from