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Enjoyment is the key to keeping children active

Receiving the PE and Sport Premium is a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of PE in your school and to truly engage children in physical activity.

We all know the importance of children exercising regularly. Not only will it benefit their health now, reducing obesity, improving muscular strength and build strong bones, but it also sets them up for a healthy life. According to a study by Public Health, “Fit in 50 Years,” regular exercise in childhood increases the odds of staying physically active and healthy during adulthood.

What’s the trick to getting and keeping kids more active?

Research carried out by Sport England shows that the single biggest factor in children being motivated to be active is enjoyment. 

But, what exercise do children enjoy doing?

A recent survey by Fresh Air Fitness taken by hundreds of children of Primary school age showed some significant things.

96% of children enjoyed using their outdoor gym and felt it made the school a better place and 85% of children said they had done more exercise since it had been installed.  Furthermore, 75% felt that using the outdoor gym helps their work in the classroom.

So not only can spending your PE and Sport premium money on this equipment enhance activity levels and enjoyment of physical activity but it can also enhance academic success, influence positive behaviours to learning and in learning.

Pupils see their outdoor gym as making their engagement in school ‘better’. Providing frequent and regular access to the outdoor gym in school, through both informal and formal use, can help pupils feel positive about coming to school.

Investing in children’s exercise equipment effectively is complex.  It needs to be suitable for a range of ages and abilities, it needs to meet the needs of the school and all the children attending the school now and in future years. It is a significant investment and with a growing number of companies offering a variety of solutions, where do you start and how do you know you are getting safe, compliant equipment that will benefit the children?

This is where we can help you.  We will work with you to create the right solution for your school. Our Children's equipment range has been carefully developed to ensure every piece is both safe and fun for children to use.  Each piece moves in a way that engages children more, ensuring they really enjoy using it.  

What are the top 5 pieces of outdoor exercise equipment that every school should have? 

Products for 2 or more children are by far the most popular. They give children the opportunity to play together on the equipment while being physically active.

Children’s Cardio Combi

A combination of our 2 most popular pieces of Children’s outdoor gym equipment, allowing 4 children to exercise at once! The Children’s Cardio Combi combines the Children’s Double Air Walker with the Children’s Air Skier. Specially designed for children under the age of 11. Children develop strength, flexibility, control and balance.  

Children’s Double Air Walker

Our most popular piece of equipment, specially designed for children under the age of 11, is the Double Air Walker. Suitable for all abilities from beginners upwards, it is easy-to-use and an enormous amount of fun. This piece really gets the heart racing, and at the same time works all the major muscle groups in the lower part of the body. It can be used by 1 child or by 2 at once.

Children’s Double Air Skier

One of our most popular pieces in the children's range, the Air Skier, provides the joy of swinging whilst standing! Specially designed for children under the age of 11, children can set their own pace and position to swing back and forth or side to side. Suitable for all abilities from beginners upwards, the Air Skier is easy-to-use and gives a full body workout. Kids love working-out in pairs, and with this equipment, they can face each other, making it even more fun!

Children’s Double Cross-Country Skier

This easy-to-use Double Cross Country Skier has been developed for 1 or 2 children to use at once. It has been specially designed for children under the age of 11 and is suitable for all abilities from beginners upwards. Children can work at their own pace, moving their arms and legs back and forth working a variety of muscle groups. Kids love to work in pairs and together they can master the challenge of coordinating both their arms and legs together.

Children’s Seated Leg Press

Specially designed for children under the age of 11, our seated leg press is suitable for all abilities from beginners upwards. This simple yet effective piece of equipment is easy-to-use. Once seated, children use their legs to push their seat away from the frame working using all their leg muscles. Kids love working in pairs, and they get the opportunity with the seated leg press. Working opposite each other naturally encourages bigger, longer presses!

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