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Sallygate School for Foster Families, Outdoor Gym Project


Fresh Air Fitness installed our Through-School Outdoor Gym Package for innovative school for fostered children.

equipment installed on site

The Background

Channels & Choices Therapeutic Fostering is one of the only Therapeutic Fostering Services in the UK to have their own school, The Sallygate School, based in Essex.

Set in beautiful surroundings, The Sallygate School welcomes children of Primary and Secondary School age who have Special Educational Needs.

The school wanted to broaden its outdoor teaching provision by introducing an outdoor gym zone. An outdoor exercise facility needed to offer ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem regardless of physical ability.

The Challenge

The school wanted to extend its provision to all students, both day students and boarders, by increasing the activities available. Particularly, introducing outdoor gym equipment which would offer an additional choice of activity which will allow the students to engage with exercise independently when they choose to.

This approach supports the therapeutic practices of the school and the interests of the children themselves.

The challenge was to design and install a selection of outdoor gym equipment pieces that would provide a broad range of movement and stimulating challenges which would appeal to the full range of ages within the school.

The Solution

Access to a new and exciting outdoor gym has created a fantastic opportunity for the pupil community to enjoy the freedom of learning outdoors, the goodness derived from natural daylight and the many emotional, social and physical benefits of movement and exercise.

Channels & Choices chose the All-Through schools outdoor gym package to ensure that there was an optimum range of equipment which would appeal to both Primary and Secondary age groups.

This package was carefully curated to provide children with a range of physical exercises which get the whole body moving, whilst increasing cardio strength, muscular tone, flexibility and co-ordination. The package provides 16 user stations in total for whole classes to exercise and have fun at once.

Fresh Air Fitness Guide to Funding

At Fresh Air Fitness we have a team of experts who can signpost your team to many funding options, which could part fund or, in plenty of cases, full fund your outdoor gym project.

We have already supported with information on funding resources for thousands of outdoor gyms in colleges, community groups, councils, schools, and charities across the UK. View our free guide on Funding Support.

Fresh Air Fitness Special Offers

If you are thinking about an outdoor gym for your school, Fresh Air Fitness regularly updates its range of special offer packages.

All packages include manufacture, delivery and installation into grass, as well as a member of the Fresh Air Fitness Customer Service Team on hand every step of the way from initial site inspection through to installation day and beyond. Do check our as we frequently update our offers.

Fresh Air Fitness Surfacing Options

Ask the friendly Fresh Air Fitness team about the wide variety of surfacing options. Your new outdoor gym equipment can be installed into an array of different surfacing types including, grass, tarmac, wet pour, rubber mulch and concrete. There is even the additional option for our team to remove existing legacy equipment or have an area cleared, for extra convenience.

About us

Fresh Air Fitness is the UK’s leading provider of outdoor gym equipment. Since 2007, the team has installed over 4000 outdoor gyms. A Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym is robust, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

If you would like more information, one of the Fresh Air Fitness team would be delighted to assist with your enquiry on 01483 357289 (South) or 0151 3293550 (North).