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Ravenscote Juniors chose to invest their PE and Sport Premium on an outdoor gym to increase children's physical activity.

EDUCATION

“We always look for things that will enrich the children’s learning as much as possible and so we used the funding for the project specifically because we felt it was so important for their healthy lifestyles.” David Harris, Headteacher

The Background

Ravenscote Community School is a mixed junior school with more than 600 children on their register. The school wanted to ensure that children stayed more active throughout the day, especially during break times. “We considered an outdoor gym because we’d seen them at other schools and we wanted the children to be more active at break times and lunchtimes.” David Harris, Headteacher

The Challenge

To cater for the large number of children the gym needed to have a high number of user stations whilst staying within budget. “We used the sports premium funding for the gym. We always look for things that will enrich the children’s learning as much as possible and so we used the funding for the project specifically because we felt it was so important for their healthy lifestyles.” David Harris. Ravenscote Communty School is located in large grounds, however, it was important that the new gym didn’t encroach on space already used by the school for various learning activities. It needed to be located close to the playground to maximize use during break-times and needed to be close to their daily mile track to give the children an incentive to finish their daily mile, allowing them to spend time on the equipment at the end. The school also wanted the new gym to give the children real variety.

Our Solution

Fresh Air Fitness supplied and installed a nine-piece outdoor gym, all from our Children’s KS1 & 2 range of equipment, which would provide a variety of physical benefits. Cardiovascular equipment, including the new Cardio Combi, Air Skier, Elliptical Cross Trainer, Double Cross Country Skier and Rider. Each piece designed to elevate the heart rate, get the children moving and burning energy. Along with an Arm and Pedal Bike, T’ai Chi Spinners, Hip Twister and Seated Leg Press, to facilitate whole body strength building, tone, balance and coordination. The nine-piece gym provided 18 user stations. “We chose to work with fresh air fitness because they offered best value for money.” David Harris “The process from start to finish was really easy, really smooth. From getting the quote through to completion. The actual installation took no time at all. We were really pleased with how speedy the whole process it was because it enabled the children to get involved in it as quickly as possible.”

The Result

“There was a mass of excitement when the gym was first installed, all the children wanted to go on it. And still now at break time and lunch time, there is never a piece that is not being used. They absolutely love it.” David Harris, “It’s all about promoting healthy lifestyles. We’re seeing children that at break times might have sat around are now queuing up to get active, which is great. The more we can get active the better. I would recommend Fresh Air Fitness as a company. They are really easy to deal with, the equipment is first class and everything from start to finish has been absolutely fantastic. It’s a great resource and we want more!” “The gym has transformed our morning break and lunch break. It enables our children to engage in physical exercise rather than just standing around.” Paul Morley, Deputy Head Teacher, “Fresh Air Fitness really were wonderful. The installation was impeccable, we had plenty of advice, excellent communication, they were fantastic! All children enjoy using the equipment, from the most athletic to those least engaged in PE, they all enjoy it and have enjoyed it since the moment it was installed.” “Since the gym was installed, the biggest difference has been to the children’s free time. They’re a lot more active, they all want to come up and use it, they’re very keen and enthusiastic”, Mr Simmons “The gym is really easy to use, I give the children the freedom to use it as they see fit. The children challenge each other and try out different things”

The gym has transformed our morning break and lunch break. It enables our children to engage in physical exercise rather than just standing around. We want to improve our children’s fitness and engagement in physical activity and they can do this at playtime. They can work as a team or individually. All the children enjoy using the equipment, from the most athletic to those least engaged in PE, they all enjoy it and have enjoyed it since the moment it was installed.

MR PAUL MORLEY, DEPUTY HEADTEACHER

Since the gym was installed, the biggest difference has been to the children’s free time. They are a lot more active, they all want to use it. We’ve also incorporated the outdoor gym into our daily mile programme. When the children have completed their daily mile, they are given some free time to spend time on the equipment which they really enjoy. The children have already shown a lot of physical improvement, they are much more determined to not give up and work for a sustained length of time.

GRANT SIMMONS, PE SPECIALIST

We’ve also incorporated the outdoor gym into our daily mile programme. When the children have completed their daily mile, they are given some free time to spend time on the equipment which they really enjoy.

GRANT SIMMONS, PE SPECIALIST

We used the sports premium funding for the gym; we always look for things that will enrich the children’s learning as much as possible and so we used the funding for the project specifically because we felt It was so important for their healthy lifestyles. We chose to work with fresh air fitness because they offered best value for money.

MR DAVID HARRIS, HEADTEACHER

Key installation facts

18 User Stations

9 Products

Year Product Warranty

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2 Day

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The Benefits

  •  The gym allows 18 children to exercise at one time and the supporting lesson plan guides teachers through using the gym with a class of up to 30 pupils.
  •  Pupils are developing balance, co-ordination, building agility, cardiovascular and muscular strength.
  •  The facility is now being used during PE lessons, complementing the curriculum, and as part of general break time.
  •  “Using the outdoor gym as part of a PE lesson has been fantastic. We can use it as part of a warm up, cool down, as part of a lesson or for a full PE lesson.” Grant Simmons, PE Specialist
  •  Improved physical literacy, social interaction and confidence in the use of adult style exercise equipment. “The children have shown a lot of physical improvement. They’re much more determined to not give up and work for a sustained length of time. This has also spilled over into our PE lessons. Children are engaging more, putting in more effort.”
  •  “We’ve also incorporated the outdoor gym into our daily mile programme. When the children have completed their daily mile, they are given some free time to spend on the equipment which they really enjoy.” Grant Simmons, PE Specialist
  •  With a 25 years guarantee, the new gym has provided an additional PE and sports facility that will be used by hundreds of children, benefitting pupils who already attend the school and those joining the school in future years.

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