Hitting the heights with plans for new Washington trampoline centre

Chilldren enjoy Jump 360 in Stockton

Chilldren enjoy Jump 360 in Stockton

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A family run leisure company is aiming high with its plans for a £1.8million new business in Washington.

The Fun Shack Group has submitted a planning application to turn a derelict warehouse into a second Jump 360 indoor trampoline park, creating 41 new jobs.

The Fun Shack Groups Directors (L-R) Craig Freeman, Andrea Freeman, Georgette Freeman and Stuart Freeman

The Fun Shack Groups Directors (L-R) Craig Freeman, Andrea Freeman, Georgette Freeman and Stuart Freeman

The application is expected to be decided by a planning committee this month and if given the go-ahead, will see 30,000 sq. ft. of space transformed with more than 100 interconnected trampolines split into ‘zones’, foam pits and giant trampoline air bags.

The centre will also offer fitness classes, general bounce sessions and even a special session for toddlers.

Jump 360 will also hold additional needs sessions as part of the development, allowing the facilities to be used by everyone, regardless of ability.

The Fun Shack Group currently employ 110 people across the North East, including at its first Jump 360 in Stockton.

We are really excited about the opportunity to develop the Jump 360 brand, particularly within Washington as this is where we have lived for the past 18 years,

Stuart Freeman

The directors of the company are brothers, Craig and Stuart Freeman, along with their partners Andrea and Georgette.

“We are really excited about the opportunity to develop the Jump 360 brand, particularly within Washington as this is where we have lived for the past 18 years,” said Stuart.

“As a family business, we would be so proud to continue to contribute to the regeneration of the area, as well as help the local community in Washington and the surrounding region.

“If the project is given the go-ahead, this will be the second of seven parks we have planned for the North East over the next two years.”

The group hosts an annual a Kids Charity Week, supporting five local children’s charities and hosting a party for each across a run of nights. It also has collection pots within its centres, encouraging fund-raising for several local children’s charities as part of an ongoing effort.

Craig Freeman said: “The Fun Shack Group recognise the importance of helping the local communities that it operates in, acknowledging that the business would not exist without them. To honour this, we support local charities, causes and organisations wherever possible.

“We are proud to give back to the local communities in which our businesses are situated by promoting a healthy lifestyle for families, offering free sessions to 60 schools and supporting local children’s charities.

“This is something we wish to continue as the business grows and are hopeful that we can expand our offering even further as we link up with different communities throughout the region.”