An inspiring visit to Rebounders Cardiff trampolining for all – with the Aviva Community Fund

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Rebounders Cardiff

*paid collaboration with Aviva Community Fund

Isham Kasi’s face beams with excitement as he pushes open the door and enters Rebounders. His eyes light up and a big grin appears as he sees the trampolines in front of him. He proudly shows his Pokémon t-shirt to his coach Carmel Royston and waves to some of the other children he’s got to know in his weekly class.

The eight year old has been attending sessions at Rebounders for around a year. Based on Cardiff’s Ocean Way, the centre specialises in trampolining for children and adults with disabilities and Isham’s parents say it’s made a massive difference to his life.

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Isham Kasi used to have difficulty climbing, sliding, jumping but has become a lot more able since joining Rebounders


“Isham has global developmental delay,” explains his father Kasi Govarthan. This means it takes him longer than average to reach certain developmental milestones, such as movement and verbal skills and interacting with others.

“Before Isham started his weekly sessions with Rebounders he never liked PE at school,” adds his mother Abirami Kasi. “He had difficulty climbing, sliding, jumping. He has become a lot more able since coming here. He has gained confidence. He is much more positive.”

It’s also an activity he can do with his younger sister Neha, age 4. She doesn’t have any additional needs but the two siblings being able to participate in a safe space together benefits the family hugely.

Neha Kasi at Rebounders Cardiff

Rebounders is an activity Neha Kasi can do with her brother Isham

The difference Rebounders is making to the lives of people such as Isham – one of 200 members who range in age from 18 months to 84 years – is one of the reasons the charity has just been awarded £5,000 from the Aviva Community Fund.

Lorna Fuller with the coaches and children of Rebounders

They discovered the news at the end of January and, says Lorna Fuller, centre supervisor at Rebounders, the whole team were over the moon with the news.

“The funding will make a huge difference,” says Lorna. Rebounders is a charity with funds coming from fees paid by participants and fundraising events such as sponsored bounces and even a forthcoming sky dive.

“We don’t have that kind of money just there in the bank to buy equipment,” she adds.

The Aviva Community Fund money will be spent on replacing worn and broken equipment and buying new therapeutic aids and equipment.


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Wilf Jennings at Rebounders

This equipment is vital in helping Rebounders offer its ‘rebound therapy’ for adults and children with disabilities. The specially-trained staff create fun and engaging classes tailor-made for each individual with the various exercises helping to improve their coordination, movement and communication skills in a fun and engaging way. And it has a massive impact on the lives of those who take part, benefitting everything from coordination and muscle tone to confidence, verbal skills and the ability to follow instructions.

Rebounders is one of 592 projects across the UK to receive money in the Aviva Community Fund 2017. Organisations across the country will receive funding ranging from up to £1,000 to £25,000 for projects benefitting health and wellbeing; skills for life; community support; and inclusivity.

Top priority at Rebounders is replacing the two sets of foam and plastic steps leading up to the trampolines which have become sunken and flat through constant use.

“The steps mean we are accessible for more people,” says Lorna. “Most of the children who come to Rebounders can get onto the trampolines by themselves – but a lot of the adults we work with have limited ability. We have a hoist but the steps mean many of them can access the trampolines more independently. Getting people to do more for themselves is so important.”

The funding will also be used to purchase sensory equipment and toys which can help participants in their therapy as well as coloured floor mats which can act as safety cues for people who are visually impaired. The staff at Rebounders also hope to replace some of the soft play equipment used by the children while they take it in turns to wait for their turn on the trampolines. Waiting and turn taking can be a difficult skill for children with developmental delays so the play area is an important part of the Rebounders set-up.


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Children in the soft play area at Rebounders – the Aviva Community Fund money will help buy more equipment for this area

It is here I meet Martin Jennings and his two children Wilf, age 9, and Evie, age 6. Evie was born with a missing chromosome 22 – known as DiGeorge syndrome. She was born with a cleft palate which needed two operations and also has developmental delays. Wilf has dyspraxia which affects his coordination.

Martin Jennings says Rebounders has massively helped both his children – Evie and Wilf

Martin says Rebounders says has helped both children massively.

“Evie is hyper mobile and has poor muscle tone so it helps her core strength,” he says. “It has helped her confidence. It’s also an activity they can do together. They enjoy it and it’s fun. Evie loves it so much she even had her birthday party here.”

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Evie Jennings age 6. Trampolining has helped her core strength and muscle tone as well as her confidence.

Evie Jennings


The enthusiasm and support from parents and carers for the work of Rebounders undoubtedly helped them gain the votes they needed to make it through to the judging stage of their Aviva Community Fund bid.

“There was a lot of support in all the classes and we rallied family and friends on social media,” says Lorna. “When we found out we had been successful the news travelled pretty fast. Even before we officially announced it people were calling me to say they’d heard and how fantastic it was.”

She adds, “For anyone thinking of applying for funding I would say firstly research exactly what it is you need. Be specific in your application. And talk about it. The more people you talk to about it the more likely it is they will vote.”

“We’re really pleased,” she continues. “The money will be so useful and we are really grateful to everyone who took the time to vote.”

Parent Sarah Dafydd says the funding is great news for children such as her daughter, seven-year-old Lois who really benefit from coming to Rebounders.

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Trampolining helps Lois Dafydd to manage some of her Global Developmental Delay symptoms because it provides a sensory release when she gets overwhelmed

Lois has global developmental delay as well as traits of both ADHD and autism.

Lois proudly tells me about the badges sewn onto her Rebounders hoodie which she gained for jumping and listening.

You’d never think it looking at her today but nine months ago Lois couldn’t jump. As she bounces around on the trampoline she squeals with laughter and waves her arms in the air.

“Her first lesson here they taught her to jump – and she’s kept on jumping ever since,” says Sarah. She explains that jumping helps Lois to manage some of her symptoms because it provides a sensory release when she gets overwhelmed.

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Lois sits on the ‘peanut’

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Sarah has noticed a massive difference in Lois’s confidence and ability to follow instructions. It’s also helped to improve her muscle tone and coordination. Rolling backwards and forwards on her belly on the ‘peanut’ – an inflatable plastic ball shaped like a peanut – also helps with issues such as constipation, which is common among people with global developmental delay.

“She goes to so many medical appointments where they are prodding and poking her. This” she says pointing around the room, “is fun for her.”

“I know it’s the best therapy she can get – but for her it’s simply fun.”

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Ivy Rose; Maddie; Lois; Evie; Neha; Ishan and Wilf at their Rebounders Cardiff class

For more information on Rebounders visit their Facebook page.

You can find out more about the Aviva Community Find here – including a full list of this year’s winners and details on how to register to be the first to hear details of next year’s funding applications.


Read about my visit to Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pont Siôn Norton Primary School in Pontypridd– previous winners of a grant from the Aviva Community Fund.

Photos © Gareth Everett and Huw Evans Agency Cardiff

14 Comments to An inspiring visit to Rebounders Cardiff trampolining for all – with the Aviva Community Fund

  1. What an incredible place for so many people – it’s always so lovely to read when things like trampolining gives people more confidence!

  2. lporter586

    What a wonderful cause! It’s lovely to hear how these sort of places make such a difference to so many people & they totally deserve the funding x

    • Cardiff Mummy Says

      Absolutely! Such an inspiring place with such dedicated and committed staff making a real difference to people’s lives.

  3. See my foster sister has Williams Syndrome so I think that something similar to ‘Rebounders’ would be a great way of improving her muscle tone and of course her confidence. I am so pleased to hear that they have now secured funding from Aviva that is amazing!

    • Cardiff Mummy Says

      They are such an amazing organisation/charity making a real difference to people’s lives. It would be great to see other organisations doing the same kind of work.

  4. Oh this looks wonderful! Evie looks very much like my daughter who also has 22q (Di George Syndrome!). We’re a Welsh family too! Say hi from another 22q family when you see him next. 🙂

    • Cardiff Mummy Says

      Evie is such an adorable little girl. I loved meeting her. Shame you’re not a bit closer to be able to go along to the sessions. It’s such a wonderful place. x

    • Cardiff Mummy Says

      I think often the smaller charities can get overlooked so it’s great they are being supported.

  5. Amazing! So much happiness in all these pictures, it is easy to see that this place is having such a positive impact on the lives of the children that use it. It’s great that they have been offered the fund are able to replace the old equipment x

    • Cardiff Mummy Says

      Yes – you are right about all the happiness in the photos. I came away from our visit feeling so inspired after meeting all the wonderful children and dedicated staff.

  6. I’ve always found trampolining a little scary, but my 7 yr old was recently invited to a trampoline party and loved it. Maybe I should give it a go after all.

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