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Why keeping active is so important in Secondary Schools

Creating positive attitudes to sport and physical activity in children and young people

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21st June 2021

Sport England states that building positive attitudes to sport and physical activity in children and young people can help them to feel more motivated, confident and able to get active throughout their lives. The Chief Medical Officer in England recommends that children and young people do at least 60 minutes of activity every day. 

At Fresh Air Fitness, we recognise that young people who participate in fitness and become physically literate at secondary school are more likely to go on to be active throughout their adult lives which positively impacts their health and wellbeing. 

Physical literacy has five elements – enjoyment, confidence, competence, understanding and knowledge. At Fresh Air Fitness, we consider these five elements at the design stage of our equipment so we can produce a product that holds genuine benefit and attraction for senior pupils. 

Our award-winning Big Rig is extremely popular with secondary schools, for example.  It is an impressive looking piece of equipment with 7 fixed workout stations and multiple pull-up bars, making it perfect for bringing variety and interest to PE lessons and sports teams in training. It is designed for young people to participate not compete, so it appeals to all abilities. 

The Big Rig allows for over 15 people to exercise and you can add punch bags, TRX straps and battle ropes to this versatile apparatus to create even more fitness options. The Big Rig is excellent for body weight exercises, strength building and using different muscle groups targeting arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, core, and glutes, as well as building flexibility, balance, and coordination. 

The Big Rig can be installed on most surfaces, including grass, tarmac, and concrete. It comes with a specific user guide label attached, along with a general safety label, making it easy to use without the need for an instructor. The user guide label includes an illustration, clear instructions for use and workout suggestions. We also provide a free downloadable app, which teachers can use to find instructions on how to use the equipment and videos which demonstrate how to use it safely and effectively.

The cost of installation for this fantastic piece of equipment starts at just £10K, installed into grass. The Fresh Air Fitness team is focused on helping secondary schools achieve the best possible outcome for their outdoor gym equipment installation, and we also offer funding support from our dedicated in-house experts, who are experienced in securing funds.

The Big Rig is a sustainable, long lasting, easy to maintain piece of outdoor fitness equipment. It brings school communities closer together and provides another way to spend time outdoors in the fresh air with a healthy focus.

If you want to find out more on how the Big Rig, or any of our other outdoor gym equipment suitable for seconday schools, we would love to hear from you on 01483 608860.

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