JUMP-start Aeronauts

by Aeronauts Trampoline Club in Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Total raised £11,380

raised so far



The economic crisis has hit us hard. We want to keep our club going without raising fees (meaning more children who want to bounce, can).

by Aeronauts Trampoline Club in Hartlepool, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 1st July 2023 we'd raised £11,360 with 84 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we are able to reach our target and raise an additional £2,500 we can run extra sessions and offer reduced price sessions for members in financial difficultly through a 'hardship fund'. 

💙 Who are we? 💙

🔹Aeronauts is a Hartlepool-based trampoline club that has been part of the local community for almost 30 years. We have had hundreds of members over the years, ranging primarily between age 2 to 18 plus several adults too. We offer a mix of evening and weekend classes at affordable prices and free sessions at local primary schools for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and with special educational needs. We have coaches trained up to and including Level 4 (Senior Club Coach). 


🔹Our club prides itself on its warm and welcoming atmosphere, open to everyone who wants to bounce. The main aim of the club is to have fun and for members to work at their own pace, be that competitive or recreational. We welcome casual bouncers.......


as well as those wishing to compete (we have travelled as far as Northern Ireland to compete at National and Regional level).......


🔹Our approach is one of inclusivity.  We welcome everyone regardless of background or barriers, adapting our coaching to meet their needs. We think of ourselves as a family as well as a club.  Many of our coaches were members once themselves, bouncing with us from a young age, and we encourage older members to support and mentor younger children (helping build life skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem).                                                           


🔹We run wellbeing sessions for the children outside of trampolining. We do arts and crafts as well as general sessions where we chat and the children are able to open up about anything they may wish to discuss either as a group or to one of the trained volunteers. 




🔹We also run strength and conditioning classes to help with the competitors stamina, endurance and confidence building. 



💙Why are we crowdfunding?

🔹The current financial crisis has hit the club hard.  We hadn't yet fully recovered from the impact of Covid-19 (which saw us closed for months, losing members and income) when our costs began to rise. 

🔹Upgrading to more fitting premises has inevitably incurred higher costs. In addition to this, regularly putting up and taking down the trampolines (as well as them being of a significant age), has meant increased services. Rather than their yearly service and maintenance costs, we have needed four visits this year from the maintenance com1685672016_974c78d5-0ea2-453d-b6ac-557fd40c47eb.jpgpany to do repairs and replacements on our equipment.

🔹To cover these costs, we need to significantly increase our current membership fees, something we want to avoid if we can because we know many of the families who bounce with us simply can't afford this. We also want to ensure members continue to have the opportunity to attend multiple times a week, as opposed to once at a more expensive rate. 

🔹To give a little context, each new coach or upgraded coaching qualification, can cost us in the region of £1,000 to cover their course tuition and exam, mentoring, coach insurance, DBS check and coach uniform. This year we're in the process of developing 4 new coaches and two welfare officers, all of whom are very much needed for the running and existence of the club. Our equipment is old and replacement trampolines are in the region of £8,000 each. 

🔹This is why we're fundraising. If we can raise £10,000, we can cover our increased venue costs and ensure our equipment is regularly serviced for the next year without increasing membership fees.

💙Previous campaign

🔹We were so proud of our members efforts two years ago during the pandemic when we managed to raise £7,515.00 with 84 supporters. We were recognised by British Gymnastics (our governing body) and received a surprise visit, as a result of our efforts, from Olympic trampolinist Bryony Page. The amazing support we received two years ago, got us back on our feet again, but we did not anticipate the current economic crisis.  We're appealing to people to please help us again, by way of sponsoring us, making a donation or even simply sharing our posts online. Anything at all would be very much appreciated. Check out our previous Crowdfunder where we were exceptionally lucky to achieve such amazing help through the pandemic. https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/help-aeronauts-return-from-covid#start

💙How we’ll spend the money raised

🔹We will use the money raised to cover the increased costs of hiring the sports hall we run sessions from and to arrange for the equipment to be serviced quarterly.  

🔹Members' yearly subs usually help towards (but do not cover in full) staff coaching and updated training courses and individual coach insurance, as stipulated by our governing body, however, losing members due to the recent economic crisis, significantly reduces membership fees received.   Any additional money raised will be put towards coach education, coach/club insurance, replacement equipment as needed as well as continuing to support (where possible) members from low income families with club kit and fees. 


💙Community impact 

🔹Without funding, we're not sure how many of the children who bounce with us will be able to continue because the membership fees will be out of their family's reach. As a result, they will miss out on chances to improve their physical health as well as build life skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem, and make new friends.   

💙How can you play your part?

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target, and make this project a reality.

🔹Fundraise for us by becoming a 'supporter': If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'contact project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea! We are required to have 50 supporters for the project to go ahead!

🔹🔹Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us, because momentum is key to our success!

🔹🔹🔹 Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

🔹🔹🔹🔹Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

💙 💙 💙 Thank you so much for your support 💙 💙 💙


This project offered rewards

£1 or more

Starbucks: buy 1, get 1 free voucher.

Starbucks: FREE Venti sized drink when you buy one for a friend! Thank you so much to the amazing staff at Green Street Hartlepool Starbucks, who alway back our club! Average price of a drink in here is around £4, therefore paying for one drink plus the price of this voucher, would save around £3 To be used in Green street store only. www.starbucks.co.uk

£3 or more

Aeronauts limited edition pen (normally £3.95)

Aeronauts carousel spin top stylus pen. Black ballpoint pen with fidget spinner on the top. Normally £3.95 www.aeronautstrampolineclub.co.uk

£5 or more

£10 gift voucher for Miss Sally's Bow-Chique

£10 gift voucher for Miss Sally's Bow-Chique. Check out this Facebook page. She has lots of gorgeous hair accessories available in all styles and sizes. Lots of babies and Childrens goods on here too. Definitely worth a look! https://m.facebook.com/sallysbowchique/

£30 or more

1 - 1 Private Trampoline session £30 (usually £45)

1 - 1 private coaching session with a level 4 coach. Duration: One hour. This will take place with one of our senior club coaches (of your choice). You can use the session as you wish; for advanced skills, move progressions, or simply an hour session to yourself. Up to 4 people are welcome to split this between them.

£30 or more

£50 Active PhysioCare voucher for only £30!

£50 Active PhysioCare voucher for only £30! This voucher can be used at the highly recommended Active PhysioCare for injury assessments, sports massage etc. https://www.activephysiocare.co.uk/

£35 or more

Private hire of The Sensory Spot (normally £65)

Private hire of The Sensory Spot C.I.C for 1.5 hour session and for up to 8 children. Perfect for young children and babies or those with sensory needs. Great place for a party or get together. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100068322052402

£200 or more

Sponsor a child for a year. £200 instead of £262.

Sponsor a child for a years membership. Help a child become a member, who would ordinarily be unable to participate. 1 hour session per week (for a year) plus £40 for BG insurance and yearly subs. Normally £262 for the year. Just £200 for this one off donation.

£200 or more

Discounted membership for a whole year.

Discounted membership for a whole year. 1 hour session per week (for a year) plus £40 for BG insurance and yearly subs. Normally £262 for the year. Just £200 for this one off donation.

£300 or more

Sponsor a child for a years. £300 instead of £370

Sponsor a child for a years membership. Help a child become a member, who would ordinarily be unable to participate. 1.5 hour session per week (for a year) plus £40 for BG insurance and yearly subs. Normally £370 for the year. Just £300 for this one off donation.

£300 or more

1years discounted membership. £300 instead of £375

Discounted membership for a whole year. 1.5 hour session per week (for a year) plus £40 for BG insurance and yearly subs. Normally £375 for the year. Just £200 for this one off donation.

£1 or more

Sweetie Cone (normally £2.50) Only £1

Large Sweetie Cone filled with jelly sweets and including a lollipop. Donated by the fabulous Beautiful Bakes by Gail.

£4 or more

Napoli pizza £4 (normally up to approx £10)

Any pizza from the well known and fabulous, family run mobile pizza catering and takeaway shop in Seaton Carew. please check their website for opening times. www.napoliwoodfiredpizza.co.uk Tel: 07479 553607

£5 or more

Lyla Belles £10 voucher for only £5!!

Voucher for the absolutely gorgeous coffee shop Lyla Belle’s. Most definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been. The coffee and cakes are amazing! https://www.facebook.com/LylaBellesCafe

£8 or more

12 delicious cupcakes £8 (usually £14.50)

A box of 12 delicious and beautifully decorated hand made cupcakes from Busy Cakes. Absolute bargain at £8 instead of the usual £14.50. https://www.facebook.com/BusyCakes

£8 or more

6 Personalised Cupcakes (Normally £17.00)

6 Personalised Cupcakes (Normally £17.00). Stunning and delicious cupcakes made fresh. Choose your own theme or personalisation and discuss with Gail at Beautiful Bakes.

£15 or more

£20 voucher for the Fuschia Lounge Bar

£20 voucher for the Fuschia Lounge Bar at Hartlepool Marina. Perfect for these lovely summer evenings. Donated by one of our gorgeous past members who bounced at Aeronauts for many years with her sister. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/Fuschialounge

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