Manchester’s Freestyling

A new freestyle sports academy is opening in Manchester, England

A new indoor sports centre is due to open near Manchester next month, and although it does not appear to have any artificial slopes, it’s being welcomed by Britain’s elite freestyle athletes as the venue they’ve been waiting for, so that they can train properly on home soil.

Graystone Action Sports Academy, located just off the M602 and a short walk from Salford Crescent rail station, will offer world-class facilities including a skate plaza, trampolines, ramps, foam pits, sprung floor area, half pipe, parkour terrain, digital media studios, classroom, dance studio, climbing wall, café bar and store.

Graystone Actions Sports Academy is complete with a half pipe and parkour terrain, as pictured below:

The ‘Big Air to Foam’ facility – which will provide varying heights of drop-ins to foam – is being particularly welcomed by pro-skiers and boarders to float their biggest tricks into the soft landing. This facility will, however, be open to everyone – including members of the public.


The design layout for the main area within the facility (pictured above)

Bronze-medal winning snowboarder Billy Morgan is among a host of top British snowsports stars to welcome the new venue, which is not far from the Chill Factore indoor snow centre. In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Morgan said:

“Graystone isn’t about marginal gains. It’s about huge gains.”

The team behind Graystone are currently crowd-funding to open half-a-dozen similar facilities across the UK. Over the past decade, a growing number of this type of facility have been opening around the world. Currently, the USA leads the way with their Woodward centres located across the country, including at several ski resorts.

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