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Freedog Review: The Largest Urban Activity Centre in Europe

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Freedog is a newly built trampoline centre based in Swindon and the largest indoor park in Europe. Yes you read that right, the largest indoor park in Europe is in the county of Wiltshire!

The urban activity centre have been open for a few weeks, so I thought I would grab my GoPro and five volunteers to go down there to see what all the fuss was about.

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I will be honest with you, when I think of trampolining three things spring to mind; isolation, kids activity and sweat. It’s safe to say that two of the three of my opinions would be changed after my visit.

Upon my arrival, I found myself outside what looked to be an old industrial warehouse, I was intrigued to see how they have transformed this old building into a play area for adults and kids. Freedog did not disappoint, it was as if I had climbed inside my wardrobe and found myself in Narnia because you will be struck by how big the space is and the features within the facility. The park is 36,000 sq ft and boasts over 150 trampolines. A selection of food and drink is available in the arena, and free lockers for you to safely store your possessions.

I found the staff at Freedog were really helpful and friendly, which is refreshing to see as you could sense that they enjoyed their job.

The price to bounce for an hour is £10.00 but on your first visit you will be charged £12.00 as you have to have Freedog’s type of socks, which help give you more grip when doing their activities.

Now to revisit my preconceived thoughts about trampolining, I thought I would have to solo bounce around without really being able to engage with other people, and how wrong I was. The first activity me and my five volunteers done was dodgeball, which was a lot of fun and a great workout. However more importantly I could interact with other people. Fellow trampoliners became apart of a team for the brief period that they were playing. I even witnessed people trying to block the onslaught of dodgeball’s being fired at their team members. I hadn’t anticipated such intensity from other trampoliners, It was like being back in school playing p.e, where nobody wanted to be the reason their team lost so everyone would give one-hundred-percent effort.

The team games didn’t just stop with playing dodgeball, the foam pits became a platform for synchronised flips. I think some people were expecting to stand on a podium at the end of their go and receive a gold medal for the tricks they were pulling off. Maybe that’s the next step for Freedog, who knows but I can just see it now, the future of synchronised swimming being transformed into synchronised trampolining, and all the committee selectors would have to do is visit Freedog and they’d have a team ready to compete.
IMG_1886Other activities available include an open bounce area which offers you the chance to hone in on your bounce skills, and slam dunk which gives trampoliners the chance to dunk a basketball like Michael Jordan.

The other preconceived thought that I was wrong about, was the idea of trampolining being a kids activity. Although when you’re in the park you do feel like a little kid again running around and bouncing all over the place. I would strongly recommend that adults of all ages go down to Freedog and let of some steam and allow themselves to enjoy it. Don’t be the responsible adult taking your kids here and then watching from the cafe, join in and have some fun, let the inner child consume you for an hour.

Unfortunately my idea about the sweat has not changed but what do you expect when you’re bouncing around continuously for an hour.

The urban activity centre is a great new attraction to have in Swindon and will give their citizens an extra spring in their step, just make sure you are ready for a workout.

Below is the GoPro footage of the activities and fun that you can have at Freedog. Please watch, comment,like and subscribe.

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Swindon Supermarine Continue Their Impressive Preseason With 5-0 win

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The Webbswood Stadium played host as Swindon Supermarine played Corsham Town in a preseason friendly. Marine showed their class against a team who looked out of their depth straight from the get go. This win ensured The Marines unbeaten preseason record was kept in tact, and demonstrated the strength they have in their ranks at the club.

Strikes from new signings Connor Waldon and Jacob Davidge gave Supermarine a comfortable lead going into halftime. Two goals from Josh Morse and a goal from Ryan Stanners, who were used as substitutes in today’s game, sealed a compelling victory for the Wiltshire based team.

Marine looked right at home from kick off, dominating possession and working the ball in midfield. It didn’t take long before the first opportunity was created as Chris Taylor played a diagonal pass out to the left hand side and Davidge raced on to the ball, but his shot flashed across goal and went out for a goal kick.

The visitors were proving to be a handful up top with midfielder Levi Cox winning the ariel battle throughout the first half. Cox was proving to be a tricky customer and had Corsham’s first shot on goal with a thunderous volley that had Matt Bulman scrambling to his right-hand side, but the shot whistled just past the post.

The home side took the lead on the 20th minute with a controversial goal from Connor Waldon, there were appeals for offside before the former Swindon Town striker nutmegged Corsham’s goalkeeper and slotted the ball home.

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The Marine soon doubled their lead eight minutes later as Jacob Davidge finished off a brilliantly worked goal from the righthand side. Winger Bradley Gray combining with fullback Kyle Lapham before drilling the ball across for Davidge.

Davidge who was having a great debut for Supermarine, had the chance to double his tally. Once again he raced clear from a precise pass from Marines playmaker Chris Taylor, but Town’s keeper pulled off a good save to prevent them going in 3-0 down.

Supermarine went into halftime with a comfortable lead over their opponents, whilst Corsham Town looked like they couldn’t wait to get in and regroup for the second half.

The second half was much like the first half for Marine, as they showed no sign of settling for the result they already had.

The home team begun to find their rhythm and Waldon showed why he was Supermarines main transfer target this summer with some great holdup play and skill to skip past Corsham’s centre-back Sam Ockwell, cutting the ball back to Davidge who puts the ball wide from a shot 12 yards out.

It didn’t take long for Swindon’s next chance to come along, with Bradley Gray rising above everyone else to direct his header from a corner towards goal but Corsham managed to clear it off the line.

Town looked lackluster in this half and struggled to create anything up top. Marine’s defence looked solid with summer signings Ashley Taylor and Ryan Morgan already looking settled in their positions.

Dave Webb, Supermarine’s manager, decided to switch things up and subbed on Ryan Stanners, Josh Morse, Joe Shepherd, Ryan Elliott, Sam Morris and Ryan O’Hara.

The subs made an instant impact as Waldon plays a perfectly weighted pass to put Stanners through on goal, who calmly finishes to put Marine 3-0 up with 75 minutes played.

Stanners then turns from goal scorer to assister, as he squares the ball across goal to Josh Morse who comes in off the left-hand side, beats the defender using the tricky of the step-over to go through one-on-one and tuck away the host’s fourth goal.

Morse scored Supermarine’s fifth goal, and his second of the game with a powerful volley into the keepers top right. Town’s keeper was left standing as he could only watch the ball fly past him into the top corner.

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Connor Waldon, who resigned back to the club earlier this week after being released from Swindon Town FC. Was brought in on loan at Marine last season for three months and quickly become a fan favourite.

“I am really happy the deal went through and Dave (Supermarine manager) reassured me of the clubs ambition. The whole team looks like it has improved a lot compared to last seasons.

I felt I had a good game today, and It’s always a good feeling to get on the score sheet. We looked very dangerous in attack and the score line should have been a lot more.

I can’t wait for the season to start and for us to give the Marine fans the season they deserve,” said Waldon.

This win capped off an emphatic performance from Marine and showed that they have the resources to do well in the league this season.

Marine have beat fellow rivals and League One side Swindon Town FC in their preseason and since that win, they have not showed signs of letting up.

Dave Webb has brought in a lot of young new players, and his gamble on players looks to be paying off. Webb’s team already looks like it is in the process of the team gelling together and if Supermarine can continue to play their attractive style of football like they have this preseason, then they will be one of the teams to watch in the Evo-Stik League.

“This is our fifth preseason game and we are making good progress, the squads looking strong and we kept another clean sheet. I am pleased where we are at the moment and it’s all heading towards two weeks time when we start at Bambury in the league on the 8th of August.

We’ve attracted a good mix of players and have a good spine to the team. We have some really exciting young players and I don’t think we could be in any better shape,” said Dave Webb.