A FAMILY-RUN play centre has invested £100,000 to create the first indoor high ropes course in the North East.
Mister Twister Gateshead has been open in Follingsby Park for 10 years. The centre is run by husband and wife team Deborah and David Taviner, who have now brought in the new equipment.
The high ropes course, imported from the United States, has 12 activities that can accommodate up to 15 users at a time. Mister Twister also includes traditional children’s play apparatus, soft sports pitch and a separate toddler zone.
Mrs Taviner decided to invest in the high ropes system to help the business grow and to offer an alternative learning activity for schools and youth organisations such as the scouts and guides. She said: “The high ropes course gives children a massive confidence boost when they complete an activity. We believe that learning activities outside of the classroom should be encouraged as the benefits are massive.
“For example, although this is suitable for any child aged from five upwards, we are seeing real benefits by involving those with learning difficulties or a disability as the high ropes course breaks down barriers and encourages self-motivation and determination. It’s also a lot of fun too.”
She is now targeting business groups with the new equipment.
“We’ve already had businesses who want to do something different yet still encourage teamwork within the workplace book the whole centre for their team days and party nights,” said Mrs Taviner.
“That’s the beauty of the system, it allows anyone to have a go at doing something very adventurous and daring in a totally safe environment.”