Princess Anne visits NTGA
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited NTGA on Monday 8th May 2017 to recognise the club’s involvement at Rio 2016 and kick-start celebrations for our 40 year anniversary before witnessing a stunning display by NTGA members and Team GB’s Kat Driscoll.
NTGA managing director Tracy Whittaker-Smith welcomed The Princess Royal as she entered the Trampoline Centre after arriving by helicopter and introduced NTGA head coach Harvey Smith, double-Olympian Kat Driscoll, World & European junior medallist Andrew Stamp and British Champions Tyler Cole-Dyer and Ellie Vassel.
Her Royal Highness then went on to meet Carrie Spikings, head coach of the NTGA Ability Zone programme for people with additional needs, before taking time to ask questions and view a demonstration from some of the young people using the sunken floor level trampolines.
Following a tour of the purpose built Trampoline Centre The Princess Royal took her seat in Benham Sports Centre and was suitably impressed, along with the 500 distinguished guests and school children in attendance, by a display from NTGA members and special guest Kat Driscoll.
Princess Anne, after unveiling a plaque to commemorate the visit, addressed our performers directly in a short speech:
“Thank you for performing today and for the example you set for other young people. Events like this at this centre are an inspiration for others and it’s wonderful to be here to celebrate it with you.”
Tracy Whittaker-Smith, NTGA and Great Britain Head Coach, said:
“This is the perfect way to kick-off our 40-year celebrations and helps to show how trampolining has gone from strength-to-strength in the county since we opened our doors in 1977. The club has had tremendous success in that time; producing Olympic gymnasts and international medal-winning trampolinists. We’re also proud to cater for thousands of recreational gymnasts every year and hundreds of children and adults with additional needs. No matter what level people aspire to or disability they may have, NTGA is a club for all and we’re extremely proud to serve the county in multiple ways.”
Mayor of Northampton Christopher Malpas said:
“It’s a privilege to be here to represent the town and be introduced to the Princess Royal. We’ve got one of the best facilities for trampolining in the country as we proved in the Olympics, and that’s something to be very proud of.”
The display was a culmination of weeks of hard work and practice from members as young as five-years-old and we would like to thank all the members that took part and their parents for the support. A special thanks to the coaches and volunteers who went above and beyond to provide such a polished and professional performance.
NTGA would also like to thank NAYC and ACUK for the continued partnership and the organisation of the visit. Also thank you to HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire David Laing for extending the invitation to HRH The Princess Royal.
For more photos from the day head to Alisdair Tait Photography.