Attending Trampoline Parks
Trampoline parks have received much media attention in recent years reporting a high incidence of serious injuries occurring. As a consequence and in accordance with guidance from the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), NCC has sought to discourage such visits.
Since this time the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), British Gymnastics and International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) have worked in partnership to improve safety of trampoline parks. The Outdoor Education Advisers Panel (OEAP) National Guidance pays due regard to this progress and encourages any visits to trampoline parks to be based upon an assessment of risk and benefit. In addition, industry guidance has been produced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) relating to trampoline park construction and operational safety.
Taking the above into account, NCC now advises that schools, and other children’s establishments, may visit trampoline parks providing that steps are taken by the school to carefully assess the risks. The benefits of attending, along with specific risks, must be identified and a judgement made as to whether these can be managed in a way that achieves the benefits at an acceptable level of residual risk.
Making such an assessment must be carried out carefully accounting for all significant hazards with suitable controls being put in place. Further guidance has been produced to assist schools to make a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. This guidance may be accessed via the Resources section EVOLVE system or by clicking the following links.
Attending Trampoline Parks Guidance –
Attending Trampoline Parks Generic Risk Assessment –