Wanting to get a Christmas present that the whole family can use? Or a present that will keep everyone occupied over the school holidays. Then look no further…
- At Sportsmart we stock 7ft and 8ft tables as well as a wide range of accessories (pool cues, pool balls, chalk etc).
- Benefits of a family pool table include:
- Time spent as a family, away from the tv and electronic devices.
- Encourages team work which can help you bond as a family
- Something to entertain the kids when its too hot outside or when it is raining
- Trampolines, over the years, have become a lot more after with the inclusion of the enclosed net. We stock these trampolines in the 8ft, 10ft and 12ft sizes.
- Trampolines are great for young kinds.
- They get kids outdoors for hours.
- It helps make sure kids are being active, whilst also having fun (which is the most important part).
- We stock a wide range of indoor and outdoor table tennis tables (see our ‘How to choose a table tennis blog’ for more information on which table best suits your needs).
- There are surprisingly a lot of benefits of playing table tennis:
- Helps improve hand-eye coordination
- Improves reflexes
- Keeps your brain sharp
- Its also a great way to keep the kids occupied for hours these school holidays
- We probably recommend Dart boards for the older kids.
- Darts is a game that requires a high level of skill, accuracy and a steady hand.
- Some of the benefits of playing darts include:
- Great stress release as you really need to focus
- Helps build team work and encourage friendly competition
- Improves hand/eye coordination – due to the high level of precision involved
During April, Sportsmart donated a trampoline to Leah, a single mum of two boys.
Leah had contacted the Brig & Lehmo show at GOLD 104.3 radio station about her situation. Her eldest son Sam, 11, has autism, while her 4-year-old Ben has a neurological disorder and heart murmur. Upon hearing her story, Sportsmart called the radio station and offered an 8″ round trampoline to the family. We delivered and set up the trampoline at her home – as you can see from the pictures, Leah’s boys are loving their new trampoline!
One factor to consider when choosing a trampoline is size.
8ft, 9ft & 10ft trampolines
An 8ft, 9ft or 10ft trampoline is perfect for a small yard/area. Generally, this size is best suited for use by a young child. Our smallest available trampoline, the 8ft trampoline, is lower to the ground, so considering the weight of the users is important. If space and budget can stretch, a 10ft trampoline is a better long-term choice.
Where: These smaller size trampolines are best for a small yard/area.
Best for: Families with small children where usage will be casual.
A 12ft trampoline is a great in-between size for those who don’t want it to dominate their yard area, yet want a trampoline big enough to suit an older child who intends to use the trampoline frequently.
Where: A 12ft trampoline will suit most average-sized yards/outdoor areas.
Best for: Families with two kids (multiple users) or teenagers (heavier users).
14ft & 15ft trampolines
If space and budget allow it, these bigger-sized trampolines are ideal for large families or situations where lots of children want to be involved. Due to their size, these are the safest trampolines.
Where: These large trampolines are suited to large backyards/outdoor areas.
Best for: Large families/families who often entertain the kids’ friends (multiple and frequent users), families with older children (heavier users), or a user who intends to perform tricks on the trampoline with the extra jumping space.
A trampoline’s safety enclosure is an important consideration when buying a trampoline.
It is ideal for the enclosure net to attach inside the springs, to keep jumpers away from the springs and frame. A tight-weave net enclosure will provide extra strength and helps ensure fingers don’t get stuck in the netting. A rod around the top of the net will give extra support and help to prevent net sag and, for maximum strength and support, look for extra safety/support features at the bottom of the enclosure where impact will be most frequent. Some trampolines also have safety clips on the entry zip – especially handy when younger children will be using the trampoline.
There are different options to consider with regard to the frame.
If you want to maximise the trampoline’s lifespan, opt for a galvanised steel frame, as this will help protect from rust. Or for ultimate protection, go for a galvanised steel frame with hammertone paint finish.
The weight and thickness of the frame affects the trampoline’s strength and stability (and therefore how much weight it can hold). Check that this fits with your needs.
Finally, consider the springs – these affect a trampoline’s bounce. The longer and thicker the springs, the better and higher the bounce!
Need more help?
Of course there are other considerations such as UV protection, safety pad thickness, and which trampolines fit within your budget. However, this guide should arm you with enough information to get started – and hopefully gives enough insight to help you choose a trampoline. Our staff members can always help with extra advice if you need.
Sportsmart has a wide range trampolines suited to all types of users. For more advice and information, view our range of trampolines online, visit one of our Melbourne stores or phone our online team on (03) 9091 5024.