Having secured £25,000 to build a new active space, students chose to work with Fresh Air Fitness to create a state-of-the-art outdoor gym.
Sports Ambassadors at Heritage High School, Clowne applied and were successful in securing funding from the Commissioner's NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing in Criminal Earnings) fund, paid for by assets seized from criminals to improve the lives of communities. The group of students who wrote a bid, worked as a team with support from Fresh Air Fitness to win the funding for their dream outdoor gym facility to improve the fitness of the school children and also the local community. The application had to provide clear evidence of a need for the project along with evidence of support for the project from the local community. Mr Dhindsa said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for voluntary and non-profit making organisations to secure vital funding to enhance community spirit and bring people together as well as improve life for local people. The funding is awarded to organisations which are committed to putting something back into their neighbourhoods and increasing quality of life and wellbeing for those who live there.’
Set over a large area and for use during PE lessons, break times and also by the local community, the gym needed to suit a range of ages and abilities. A fitness facility that the whole community could use, young and old, fitness beginners to seasoned gym goers,
With such a substantial budget, Fresh Air Fitness had the opportunity to incorporate a large range of products from the range. This would ensure people of all abilities and strengths to use the gym to increase their fitness, strength and ability. From our cardiovascular range, Double Cross-Country Skier, Air Skier, Rider, Elliptical Cross Trainer, Double Air Walker and a Self-Weighed Rower, allowing 9 people to really get the heart rate up, burn calories and build fitness. From the strength range, a Triple Pull up, Push Up and Dip Station, 2 x Pull Down Challenger, Double Sit Up Boards, Combi Chest Press and Pull Down Challenger, Seated Leg Press, Leg Lift Station and a Chest Press. Designed to allow users to build strength at their own rate, building intensity and workout duration as their fitness improves. These products collectively provide 19 user stations, for 19 people to work out at any one time. And finally, a Leg Stretch, for warming up and cooling down, stretching before and after a workout, with space for 3 people to use at once. This state-of-the-art fitness trail allows 31 people to work out at any one time. It is aimed at both adults and children aged 11 and up, in order to help them get fit and stay fit. Derbyshire Police Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa launched the new outdoor sports facility at Heritage High School, Clowne in December 2018. ‘I am really pleased that our local communities and this school, will benefit from proceeds of ill-gotten gains from criminals’ Mr Dhindsa
‘I’d like to say a huge thank you for Fresh Air Fitness for supporting us through the funding application and providing us with this fantastic outdoor gym equipment’. Mrs A Lindley, Business Manager. ‘The equipment is wonderful, and I’ve already seen the positive impact it has had on both our pupils and members of our local community’. Sports Ambassador, Rebecca Hattersley ‘I think it will have a big impact. We live in an area where there isn’t a lot of fitness facilities. The community will be able to use it, school will be able to use it in lessons, it’ll be available to everyone’ ‘At Heritage High School, we are constantly seeking ways to improve our facilities in school, so our young people continue to experience a high-quality, stimulating learning environment’. Richard Marlow, Headteacher ‘Thank you to Police Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa for approving our bid and for coming to the school to launch the new equipment. I’d also like to thank Rebeca Hattersley for her hard work on this project and Angela Lindley, Richard Cronin and Sophie Rhodes-Orwin for their leadership and support in ensuring that the application was successful’. ‘The gym will be really good for bonding amongst different people, with different age groups, different ethnicities. It’s really important for the pupils here to see different cultures and how people can interact together’ Sophie Rhodes-Orwin, Head of Modern Languages ‘Being able to take advantage of the opportunity to install a facility such as our outdoor gym is one that we felt we could not miss out on and we hope all our students, and those in the local community use the equipment to its full potential’ Richard Marlow, Headteacher ‘I hope this initiative will give a positive message to other communities in Derbyshire, to apply to the NICE fund and also benefit in similar ways for their communities in activities like this’ Mr Dhindsa
I’d like to say a huge thank you for Fresh Air Fitness for supporting us through the funding application and providing us with this fantastic outdoor gym equipment
MRS A LINDLEY, BUSINESS MANAGER.
At Heritage High School, we are constantly seeking ways to improve our facilities in school, so our young people continue to experience a high-quality, stimulating learning environment
RICHARD MARLOW, HEADTEACHER
I am really pleased that our local communities and this school, will benefit from proceeds of ill-gotten gains from criminals