The following milestone dates have been culled from a number of sources including the old BTFs’ members handbook. Spot the two associations with our club.
|1936||George Nissen, USA, produced the first modern trampoline.|
|1942||Larry Griswold (“The Diving Fool”) and Nissen created the Griswold-Nissen Trampoline & Tumbling Company.|
|1949||Ted Blake, Brentwood, Essex pioneered trampolining in Britain, in conjunction with Nissen.|
|1959||Syd Aaron, MBE, Cardiff, who was later to become President of the BTF, was one of a group of five on the first sub-committee for trampoline set up by the Gymnastics Association. In 1986 Syd Aaron was awarded the MBE for his services to Physical Education.|
|1961|| Rob Walker, Uxbridge, Secretary of British Amateur Gymnastics Association, Trampolining sub-committee. |
1st International – BTF v Fed. Rep. of Germany.
|1963||British Trampoline Association set up.|
|1964|| International Trampoline Federation (FIT) founded; Great Britain founder country. |
George Nissen financed the first (at that time, unofficial, but later recognized) World Championships in trampolining, organized by Ted Blake, who at that time was the then FIT Vice-President, in the famous London Theatre, the Royal Albert Hall.
|1965||British Trampoline Federation Ltd and English Schools Trampoline Association (ESTA) formed.|
|1969||First European championships – running alternate years with worlds.|
|1974||ESTA amalgamated with BTF|
|1975||Jack Kelly ran the first BTF National Squad.|
|1980||BTF stage the first Hermesetas World Cup.|
|1988||FIT obtain Olympic recognition .|
|1989||Rob Walker, Uxbridge, awarded the FIT Gold Medal for 25 years service to the FIT .|
|1996||FIT Membership of Federations reaches 46.|
|1997||IOC offer to include trampolining under gymnastics in 2000 Olympics.|
|2000||Trampolining appears in Olympics for first time.|