BUDDING ninja warriors are to get a chance to hone their skills as a new training facility could soon be open in Swindon.

True Function Ninja Training Ground is the first ninja warrior-inspired training facility in Europe, and the company have applied to build a centre in Stratton.

The firm is owned by Dion Trigg, an experienced personal trainer who competes all over the world as a ninja warrior.

Dion said: “I believe in functional fitness training, in improving health, strength, flexibility, confidence and sense of wellbeing, through fun, exciting and challenging training. The potential for a larger facility in Swindon is really exciting.

“Service users will be able to regularly train alongside experienced and recognised competitors from ITV’s Ninja Warrior UK, with exciting opportunities to train with famous ninjas from other international Ninja Warrior shows.”

The ninja training activities will encompass a number of obstacle bays, gymnastics, parkour and circus arts facilities. Climbing activities will also be available at the adjoining Rockstar Climbing Centre.

The proposal is subject to planning permission, but Dion is confident it could be a huge success.

He said: “I have followed Ninja Warrior since it started in Japan back in 1997. The training facility I developed in Gloucestershire is now too small and needs to grow in order for me to reach demand and help more people.”

The proposed site is located at Unit 4 in the IO Centre, Radway Road.

The plans were discussed at a meeting of the Stratton St Margaret Parish Council on Tuesday night.

Councillors gave their support to the proposal, but were concerned that the 14 car parking spaces currently available is insufficient.

Coun Stuart Leach, chairman of the planning committee, said: “We wish them luck and hope there will be enough parking for people.”

Described in the planning documents as “a unique and exciting facility” which will allow people to train like a true ninja warrior, the centre will offer a variety of adult and child classes.

There will also be a function room and a therapy room to nurse those aching muscles.

True Function describes itself as “a training centre for focus on people’s growth and development”.

The application will be discussed, and a decision made, by Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee in due course.