Colonnades new centre will have you flying through the air

The air is better up here: the dodgeball court at the new Oxygen trampolining park proved especially popular at the opening

Croydon’s new trampoline park opens today. MATTHEW GLINSKI put it to the test

I spent my weekend flying through the air.

I was at the Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park at The Colonnades off the Purley Way, where I found myself jumping and laughing at the same time while using the vast range of gravity-defying equipment.

The sight when I walked in was one that could make any child excited, as there were plenty of activities to go and try. From the freejumping section to the dodgeball arena, it all brought out the competitive sides in my brother and me while we were in the air.

The air bag section – a massive sack to fall on safely from a platform about three metres up – was one of the best parts, as the feeling you get when you drop and dive onto the big soft bag below is amazing.

A slogan at the trampolining centre which is entirely accurate

My second favourite section was the obstacle course, which I would like to do again and again as it had a vast selection of short courses to get you running, some of them being a tightrope walk, ninja rings and a thin platform you had to knock your opponent off using huge pads.

Every game and course in the new centre was set up to a high standard, and my favourite activity was the dodgeball area; it had trampolines everywhere to bounce off as we dived backwards and forwards to dodge the balls being hurled at us, including by one of the staff.

All of the staff there were extremely friendly and fun and really helpful.

The Bear Grylls fitness challenge, which is more for adult fitness, was amazing.

Taking a dive: this must be how stunt actors learn their craft

It had two floors of different challenges to test your abilities. It had been designed very well.

Overall the park was brilliant, but I would recommend that shoes should be worn on the rock climbing wall (when you sign-in at the entrance, everyone is issued with bright yellow, branded socks to be worn on the trampolines and other equipment), because as my brother said, “The footholds were tiny and painful to unprotected feet.”

Despite that, I had an amazing time at the park and would recommend it to anyone who likes to have fun through fitness, and I am looking forward to coming back again with friends.

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