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School charity installs Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym to boost pupils’ post-lockdown health

Fresh Air Fitness is delighted to have been featured in the Norwich Evening News following the successful installation of our outdoor gym equipment into The Hewett Academy, this October.

boys using Big Rig during PE at secondary school

12th October 2020

The secondary school, which is located on Cecil Road in Norwich, reopened on the 3rd of September and wanted to install an outdoor gym as part of its post-lockdown physical education plan.

Working closely with Hewett staff, the Friends of Hewett charity raised £25,000 for its Back Together Stronger campaign, which aims to curb the negative impact of the Covid lockdown on pupils’ physical wellbeing.

As a leading UK manufacturer of outdoor gym equipment for schools, Fresh Air Fitness was appointed to the project and installed a Cardio Combi, Double Cross Country Skier, Elliptical Cross Trainer, Rider and the multi-station Big Rig, to create opportunity for 30 children to have fun exercising at once.

Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gyms for schools are designed to be used by school-age children and cover the full range of fitness from flexibility and balance to strength and cardio. Each piece of equipment can be integrated into a regular PE lesson to add variety and fun to the school day. Having an additional outdoor facility now, is particularly important for schools as they encourage exercise out in the fresh air.

Antony Little, the Principal of The Hewett Academy, said: “We’re delighted to have all of our children back in school now, and the Big Rig and outdoor gym equipment will help them get active as we move into new routines.

Rebecca Atkinson, chair of Friends of Hewitt, said: “Lockdown has been tough for lots of families, for many different reasons. Friends of Hewett is all about parents, teachers and pupils pulling together as a school community to support each other. We are a small school with a big sense of community.

“We’ve had an amazing first year and look forward to growing and involving more parents, teachers, pupils and even alumni and local residents in our future projects to enrich our school.”

Tom, MD at Fresh Air Fitness, said “At Fresh Air Fitness we are so pleased that the pupils of The Hewett Academy will be benefitting from exercise in the fresh air using our excellent range of outdoor gym equipment. Our research has proved that using the outdoor gym helps concentration in class and improves overall levels of happiness. Physical exercise helps children relieve stress and anxiety and it builds confidence which impacts all aspects of their life.”

If you would like to find out more about how outdoor gym equipment can benefit your school, we have an experienced team who support you through the whole process from site visit, to funding options, to design and installation and after care. We even offer a range of free 3D digital animations to help with your PE lesson plan.

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