Spiral Freerun HQ - Building Our Own Parkour Gym

Why we started crowdfunding:

We began crowdfunding as a result of a £10,500 rent increase from our current venue with no additional usage of facilities. This combined with various work being undertaken which has negatively impacted both our customers and our staff financially, and has made access to our venue much more challenging, we felt the need to seek our own premises earlier than originally anticipated. We are now paying a sum of money which is proportionate to the cost involved with owning running our own facility. This inevitably lead to us searching for additional funds to help supplement our project. We began crowdfunding and applied to various different grant funding organisations in order to reach a target of £30,000 to build Bedford's very first purpose built Parkour/ Freerunning facility and provide a safe haven for the community to learn a multitude of different movement disciplines from community organisations.

What is our goal:

We have received £10,000 match funding from both Sport England & Power To Change. This means that, providing we raise £10,000 across 100 supporters on our crowdfunder, we will receive £20,000 which will successfully complete our goal of £30,000. 

What is the aim of our project:

The aim of our project is to provide a communal hub for Spiral Freerun's purpose built Parkour/ Freerunning facility, with space to accomodate 3rd party community organisations from a variety of acrobatic sports (gymnastics, cheerleading, dance & tricking for example). Our HQ will be Bedford's very first purpose built movement facility, with the closest trampoline parks, gymnastics/ parkour centres & other acrobatic leisure environments being based in Milton Keynes/ Stevenage. The communal hub will

 

The facility will provide our team of coaches, athletes, developers, performers & producers to continue to operate within, on a daily basis without restrictions such as time, space. The services that we provide on a daily basis at Spiral Freerun help tackle inclusion within sport & physical exercise, improve the physical health & wellbeing and provide great benefit to the mental health of our service users.

Who will our project benefit:

The project will provide a greater benefit to a larger population as we have currently maxed out our operation within our current facility. The increase of additional storage, and time in which we can make use of our new facility will mean that we can open more classes such as parent/ child classes; girl only glasses; SEND classes & many more. With the whole team now operating in one facility, we can now continue to develop our clothing services, work more closely with charities schools and other organisations &  utilise dedicated space to continue to train our staff & provide more opportunities/ jobs for the young people we teach.

Our facility will also largely benefit those who are within the Gymnastics community and those who are involved with other similar acrobatic sports.

Where are we currently with our project:

We are currently trying to source our own premises and are beginning to plan the layout of our new facility and planning the total costs of kitting the gym out to its full potential.  We are continuing to push our crowdfunder as far as possible to maximise the potential of creating the optimal facility.

What happens if we successfully reach the total on our crowdfunder:

If we successfully reach the total, we will receive our £20,000 match funding and we will continue looking towards securing our facility. As soon as we have secured the facility, the team will begin the works necessary to transform it into Spiral Freeun HQ. During this time, we will continue to operate within the Trinity Arts & Leisure Centre at our regular operating times until we are ready to make our grand opening.

What happens if we are do not reach the total on our crowdfunder:

Whilst we are financially ready to begin operating at our own facility, we are unable to kit the gym out if we do not successfully raise our £30,000 target. If we do not reach our  goal on the crowdfunder, we receive no funding besides what we have raised ourselves and we will continue to operate within the Trinity Arts & Leisure Centre at our regular operating hours, and continue to build our pot of reserves until we are financially ready to supply the facility with equipment. We will then look towards securing our facility and begin with the works necessary to build Spiral Freerun HQ, oerating as normal until we make our grand opening.

What we need help with

We are currently seeking donations towards our crowdfunder which help us reach both: our target of 100 supportes & our target of £10,000. We are also seeking cash sponsorship from local organisations in return for brand marketting within our company and our facility and service benefits. If you feel as though you may be able to offer any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our team.