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Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym at secondary school

Sandhurst Secondary School

EDUCATION

A year after installing an incredibly popular Big Rig at Sandhurst Secondary School, the senior management team add to the facility with more outdoor gym equipment.

outdoor gym equipment at Sandhurst Secondary School

Background

Sandhurst School is a secondary school in Berkshire, England with over 1000 pupils. The school specialises in Science. Back in 2018, they were looking for an innovative outdoor gym solution that would appeal to a wide section of the students, to be installed in a space that was unused.

The local leisure centre, located next to the school, also wanted to make use of it and so the solution needed to be suitable for their clients as well.

Our Solution

After completing a site visit, we worked with the school and agreed that the Big Rig would be a fantastic solution with 16 user stations. The wide variety of exercises means that there are exercise opportunities for all ages and abilities. The Big Rig was fitted with a mulch surface which not only ensured that the installation complied with the relevant European safety standards relating to fall heights, but also made the site aesthetically pleasing.

1 Year Later

The Big Rig was extremely popular and a year later the school contacted Fresh Air Fitness to discuss an extension to the gym equipment. Following a site visit and ongoing discussions, we agreed that we would use an unused area next to the Big Rig and that the best additional pieces would be a mixture of cardio and strength equipment.

In May 2020 we installed another four pieces with further mulch surfacing. Although not required for compliance reasons, the laying of mulch provided a consistent look to the extended area. The additional pieces included an Elliptical Cross Trainer, Double Rower and Parallel Bars.

All equipment is suitable for ages 11+ and all abilities, from complete beginners to the most experienced, perfect for the local leisure centre members to use too.

The Big Rig

We are delighted with the final results of the outdoor gym at Sandhurst Secondary School. Seeing our outdoor gym equipment used and enjoyed so much is wonderful, and to add to the facility a year later is testament to the benefits it provides.

TOM WILLOCK, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

The Benefit

  • The school now has a well-used facility catering for the whole school with enough capacity for 23 at one time
  • Pupils are building cardiovascular and muscular strength while developing balance, co-ordination and flexibility.
  • The facility is now being used during lessons, for research and as part of general break and leisure time during and afterschool club.
  • The gym will also improve physical literacy, social interaction and confidence.
  • The equipment can be used by all abilities and ages 11+ providing an additional facility for customers of the local leisure centre and personal trainers alike.
  • Regularly working out and time in the fresh air will support good mental health and a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
  • With a 25 years guarantee, the new gym has provided an additional sports facility for hundreds of children both now and in future years.

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