Strode News

15/03/11 - Olympic Hopeful gets Support from Strode College
Strode News

Local trampoline star and Olympic hopeful Laura Gallagher received a donation of £500 from Strode College last week, to help with the costs of training to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.   

James Staniforth, Principal of the College, presented former Strode student Laura with a cheque when she visited the College to teach a master class in trampolining.  He said: "Laura is one of only five female trampolinists on the world class programme competing to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics; up to two will be selected. She is striving to be the best at what she does and her dedication and focus is admirable; she certainly passed on her enthusiasm and expertise to our students today.  We are proud that she is a former Strode student and we wish her every success."   

Strode's Extended Diploma and First Diploma Sports students worked on strength and conditioning circuits with Laura , while the College trampoline academy were delighted to join her on the trampoline to get some expert coaching. 

Laura, who lives in Westonzoyland and trains at the High Flyers Trampoline Club in Cheddar said: "I'm really grateful to Strode for this donation and for their continued support.  I have one goal at the moment and that is to be selected to compete in the 2012 Olympics.  To compete at this level I need to train hard, so I've given up my job and so has my coach.  This has brought financial challenges, but I don't want to miss out on the opportunity through lack of training.  The money from Strode will go towards a new model trampoline and will help with travel expenses to competitions and training."

Laura Gallagher needs to raise £10,000 to cover her training costs. To find out more or to make a donation contact Laura by email:

Photo: Olympic trampolining hopeful Laura Gallagher with students from Strode's trampoline academy.