Stella Jackson

Stella Jackson

Head Coach & Managing Director

Level 5 High Performance Trampoline Coach, DMT Club Coach, County Judge

Stella has been involved in trampoline for more than 40 years as a competitor, parent and Coach. She worked primarily in school finance, her last position before opening the Centre being at the School for Profound Education (formerly St Margaret’s School) at the Children’s Trust, a School for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. She passionately believes in making the sport of trampoline accessible to everyone.  Please click here to read a piece I love of someone’s personal journey having a child with disabilities.

Gail Andrews

Gail Andrews

Coach & Company Director

Level 5 High Performance Trampoline Coach, DMT Senior Club Coach, Trampoline Club Judge

Gail, a National level performer herself now retired, has had a passion for the sport nearly all her life. Her career as a research scientist for the Wellcome Foundation, moved on to the sport of snowboarding, before she married and settled down to family life. She brings vast experience to the coaching team at Fun Abounds and simply loves to coach!

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Coach & Company Director

 UKCC Level 3 Trampoline Coach, DMT Club Coach, Trampoline Club Judge

Mike became involved in trampoline when he met Stella and realised he was hooked for life in more ways than one! Having been involved in the plumbing industry all his working life, Fun Abounds took his career in a totally new direction. He is responsible for the day to day running of the building, loves coaching and has a particular talent for helping those with disabilities achieve great things.

Debbie Green

Debbie Green

Coach

UKCC Level 2 Trampoline Coach, Trampoline County Judge, DMT County Judge 

Debbie likes to mix with the Special Forces, running assault courses in her spare time and brings enthusiasm, skill and fun to our fitness sessions and her coaching.

Hannah Saunders

Hannah Saunders

Coach

UKCC Level 2 Trampoline Coach, Trampoline Club Judge

A National level performer now retired, Hannah is putting her own expertise into her coaching and is making a huge contribution to our coaching team.

Steph Paul

Steph Paul

Coach

UKCC Level 2 Trampoline Coach, Trampoline Club Judge

Steph became a Coach when she retired from competitive trampolining.  She is Stella’s daughter and is an enthusiastic and essential member of the coaching team.

Catherine Kelly

Catherine Kelly

Coach

UKCC Level 2 Trampoline Coach

Catherine started trampolining when she had to take up a new sport to complete her Duke of Edinburgh award and fell in love with it!

Tim Pearson

Tim Pearson

Coach

Level 4 Trampoline Senior Club Coach, Trampoline County Judge

Julia Machin

Julia Machin

Coach

UKCC Level 2 Trampoline Coach

Abi Jaques

Abi Jaques

Coach

UKCC Level 2 Trampoline Coach

Abbie Saunders

Abbie Saunders

Coach

UKCC Level 1 Trampoline Coach

Beth Winter

Beth Winter

Coach

UKCC Level 1 Trampoline Coach

Niamh Andrews

Niamh Andrews

Coach

Proficiency Coach

A National level performer, Gail’s daughter and a great asset to the coaching team.

Charlotte Palmer

Charlotte Palmer

Coach

Proficiency Coach

Maisie Ward

Maisie Ward

Coach

Proficiency Coach

Finlay Andrews

Finlay Andrews

Coach

Proficiency Coach, Trampoline Club Judge

Emma Van Zutphen

Emma Van Zutphen

Judge

Proficiency Coach, Trampoline Club Judge

Katie Goldsmith

Katie Goldsmith

Coach

Proficiency Coach

Alex McCormick

Alex McCormick

Club Welfare officer

History

Having both been performers themselves, Stella Jackson and Gail Andrews had always loved the sport of trampoline and vowed that one day they would have a trampoline Centre of their own. On 24th October 2009 that dream became reality! 

Stella’s first Club started life at the Triangle Burgess Hill and moved to Freedom Leisure Hassocks in 2006, enabling it to expand and increase its training sessions.  However, the constant setting up and taking down of the equipment made life difficult and Stella was determined to have a trampoline centre of her own where the equipment could remain set up permanently, so she set about finding premises suitable to house her Club.

In December 2005, she formed Fun Abounds Limited with her husband, Mike to enable her to build up some business acumen and an accounting history.  The hunt was then on to find a building with the adequate height for the top level Club members, jumping at heights in excess of 7 metres above the trampoline, necessitating a ceiling height in excess of 9 metres.  The search went all across Sussex, with hopes raised and dashed many times along the way.

Finally in March 2009, a suitable premises was found in Bell Lane, Uckfield and the Change of Use was granted in August 2009.  Gail Andrews, one of the Club’s Coaches and also a Gymnastics Coach for Uckfield Gym Club, was invited to join the Board of the Company.

The Centre opened in October 2009 and the Club moved in but decided to return to Hassocks in June 2011.  Their return gave Stella and Gail the opportunity to create a new Club at Uckfield, Sky High Trampoline & DMT Club to which the majority of the performers transferred.  The new Club added the very exciting gymnastic discipline of Double Mini Tramp (DMT) (see the Club page for information).

Sky High Trampoline & DMT Club has gone from strength to strength, with an increasing membership and over 20 National level performers, with many many more biting at their heels.

The most exciting recent development is the Club became a Registered Charity (Number 1152878) in 2013, enabling it to take over the running and management of the Centre, providing more accessibility to charitable funding, which in turn means more money being put back into buying equipment for all visitors to the Centre to benefit from and securing Sky High’s future.  Fun Abounds is for everyone and is the place for anyone who is interested in trampoline, DMT, keeping fit or just having fun!  Come and see what Fun Abounds can offer you!