Wales' Online & South Wales Echo Article
Wales' biggest trampoline park opens in Bridgend on Saturday
10:53, 8 JUL 2016
UPDATED 15:35, 8 JUL 2016
BY ABBY BOLTER
The £1m Jump Jam is described as a 26,000 sq ft mega park
A trampoline mega park is set to open in Bridgend on Saturday – becoming Wales’ largest trampoline attraction to date.
A £1m investment by local company Jump Jam has transformed a former Remploy factory with wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, dodgeball courts, a half-pipe trampoline runway, and even a four-lane climbing wall.
It is also creating 40 new jobs.
Joint managing director Teresa Payne said: “Following in the footsteps of other parks opening around the country and in Wales, we’re thrilled to be announcing this state-of-the-art facility on the M4 corridor which will mean more visitors will be able to see what all the excitement is about for themselves.
“Residents and visitors can expect to defy gravity and create lasting memories with friends and family with our innovative approach to family fun.”
Trip to US inspired Jump Jam's owners
Launched in 2015, Jump Jam is the brainchild of Teresa’s friend Jim Portsmouth.
The venture was inspired by the pair taking a trip to America where the families came across a trampoline park.
When they returned to the UK, they were dismayed to find that there were no comparable facilities in their local area.
Business partners Jim Portsmouth, left, and Teresa Payne, right, with general manager David Morse
They said the solution was to find a suitable premises and build and open their own.
It helped that between them Teresa and Jim and their families had knowledge of the leisure, entertainment and development industries having been in business themselves for many years as well as working for blue chip companies.
Jump Jam hopes the Bridgend park, which also has a 140-seater cafe, will be the first of many.
Operations director David Morse said: “Adding a new family-orientated facility to the region is set to attract more people to the area, more families to the park, and more converts to the sport of trampolining.
Drew Price gets airborne at Jump Jam
“It’s a new phenomenon in the UK that’s really begun to take off – not only because it’s fantastic fun but also because it’s something the whole family can take part in.”
Jump Jam is at Unit 2 Horsefair Road, Waterton Industrial Estate.