WATCH: New £500,000 trampoline park is Infinite-ly exciting

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Hundreds of families have enjoyed hitting the heights at a huge new North East trampoline park.

Infinite Air - which covers more than 35,000sqft - opened over the weekend as part of the Soccarena building in the New Ferens Park area of Durham.

Members of the Apuero Free Running Club try out the new trampoline centre at the Soccarena.

Members of the Apuero Free Running Club try out the new trampoline centre at the Soccarena.

The development comes following a £500,000 investment and has created 25 full and part-time jobs.

As well as trampolines, the centre also has dodgeball and basketball courts, as well as courts for the new sport of free running.

Infinite Air’s owners say the centre will serve all ages, but in particular they want it to be a magnet for teenagers looking for fun physical activities.

Olympian and world champion trampolinist Kat Driscoll, from West Rainton, was there to test out the new centre and show visitors around.

A trampoline centre in Durham

A trampoline centre in Durham

“This is absolutely perfect because it’s for the whole family,” said Kat, 29.

“With trampolining or gymnastics, there’s maybe a bit of fear of looking silly, but parents can have a go as well as kids.

“There’s also some serious calorie burning, because 10 minutes of jumping is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging.

“I really wish we had something like this when I was younger.”

Former world No.1 trampolinist Kat Driscoll tries out Infinite Air.

Former world No.1 trampolinist Kat Driscoll tries out Infinite Air.

Among those enjoying the fun was 10-year-old Durham Cheerleading Academy member Sophie Hill, of Newton Hall in Durham.

Sophie’s mum Nicola, 50, said: “This is really good and we’re all impressed. It’s absolutely amazing.

“We’ve needed something like because there’s nothing similar for kids.”

The park is being operated by Coretech Sports Ltd, a Durham-based company excited about offering guests a unique and exciting experience.

Director Austin Carney at the new Infinite Air trampoline centre at Durham Soccarena.

Director Austin Carney at the new Infinite Air trampoline centre at Durham Soccarena.

Co-owner Richard Knowles said: “The park has been created for “big kids”, but it isn’t just for young people – it’s open to every age and physical ability.

“From open jump and dodgeball leagues to birthday parties and corporate events, there’s going to be something for everyone.”

“Infinite Air offers a high-energy fun and fitness experience for people of all ages and we are thrilled to bring this unique entertainment concept to Durham.

“We’ve seen the tremendous success of these sorts of centres across the USA and Australia and more recently in the UK and we’re proud to now create one for the people of the North East.”

Director Austin Carney added: “What we have is one of the biggest trampoline parks in Europe, certainly the biggest in the UK.

“We’re giving people young and old a really good experience with high-calibre staff who are able to help out.”

North East firms have been heavily involved in the building of the park, with Sunderland’s Rufus designing the park and Team Valley-based fabric specialist Rubb providing much of the materials.

Seaham builder Norman Softley carried out the construction work starting at the beginning of June.