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St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School install outdoor gym to support pupil health and wellbeing

EDUCATION

Having successfully secured the 'Healthy Pupils' fund, the school chose to invest the money in Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym equipment

Children play on outdoor gym equipment

The Background

Following a successful application to the Healthy Pupils Fund, St Cuthbert’s Catholic High in School in St Helens secured funding to install an outdoor gym. The school was keen for the students to have a facility that could be used by both its own students as well as those from its partner primary schools. The school specified a range of equipment that would be safe and beneficial to a wide range of ages and abilities.

The Challenge

The gym needed to be suitable for use for both St Cuthbert’s and partner Primary Schools as part of its transition programme. The project needed to come in on budget while offering a broad range of physical benefits for all abilities and ages. Maximising the user stations, getting as many students using the gym at one time was also important The gym will be used before and after school, during recreational times at break and lunchtimes and as part of structured PE classes and for team training sessions, so it needed to complement the curriculum and the school’s wider approach to sport.

Our Solution

Fresh Air Fitness supplied and installed a seven-piece outdoor gym, all from our Children’s KS3 & 4 range of equipment, which would provide a variety of physical benefits. It includes 2 pieces of cardio equipment; the Air Skier and The Rider, great for raising the heart rate, getting the whole body working, burning fat and toning the body. From the strength range, the gym also includes a Seated Leg Press, ideal for building muscle and tone along the whole legs, a Combination Pull Down and Chest Press, for building muscle and tone in the arms, back, shoulders and chest. Along with a triple pull up, for strengthening and toning the upper body and a Push-up and Dip Station Finally, from the flexibility and balance range, the gym also included Tai Chi Spinners. Great for promoting flexibility and coordination in wrists, arms and shoulders, offering a great warm-up. The wheels also move independently allowing arms to work clockwise or anticlockwise, excellent for mental agility. Durable and easy to use, the seven different pieces of gym equipment sit in a specially prepared area just on the edge of the school’s playing fields. There is one single station and six multi-stations, meaning 14 students can work out at any one time.

We are delighted to have this outdoor gym at St Cuthbert’s. It is well researched that young people with better health and wellbeing are far more likely to achieve, not just academically but socially, emotionally and psychologically. St Cuthbert’s has a culture of positive wellbeing for all. By adding this gym to our existing facilities, we can continue to promote physical and mental health opportunities, reinforcing our students’ achievements that in turn improves wellbeing, the ability to thrive and achieve their full potential.

MRS CATHERINE TWIST, HEADTEACHER

The Benefits

  • The gym allows 14 children to exercise at once
  • Pupils are developing co-ordination while 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
  • Improved physical literacy, social interaction and confidence in the use of adult style exercise equipment
  • With a 25 years guarantee, the new gym provides an additional PE facility that will be used by hundreds of children, benefitting pupils who already attend the school and those joining the school in future years.
  • This gender-neutral exercise equipment is being enjoyed by girls and boys equally

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