Case Study – Ridgeway Primary School, South Shields.

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

Play Fitness were contacted by Michael McCarthy, the Head Teacher at Ridgeway Primary regarding updating their school yard with some outdoor exercise equipment for KS2 pupils.

We set up a meeting, where we discussed what type of needs the school had. They discussed that an average class size was 30 so would like at least half of the pupils to be able to exercise at the same time, whilst the other half could be doing general exercises. They have a very large yard with ample room for the gym – although the ground was uneven. They had an £18,000 budget to spend, £8,000 they had raised from their own funds and £10,000 from the National Lottery funding.

With these factors in mind, we decided that a large 16 person gym would be best suited to them. The items they chose were: Sit Up machine, Hip Surfer, Steps, Double Dips, Cross Trainer, Leg Press, Body Twist and Chest Push/Back Pull combo. This would enable just over half the class to exercise together. For safety we decided to put a shock pad safety flooring down to make a cushioned base, followed by artificial grass. Artificial grass is a great flooring option as it requires little maintenance.  Finally, as the equipment must be supervised by an adult when in use, we added a timber fence with a locked gate so that the equipment would be secure and easily managed.

The project took approximately 10 days to complete. After completion we conducted a hand over where we showed staff members how to safely use each piece of gym equipment. This would enable them to pass the information over to the children.

The feedback from the project has been positive. Here’s what the Head Teacher had to say:

“From the moment I made the enquiry the service I received from your company was first class.

There was no push to select a certain product, more support to make sure we got the gym which met the needs of the school.

Each part of the process was simple and smooth with the final product being just what we wanted.

I am delighted with the gym, but not as delighted as the children who are loving using it every day!”

 Michael McCarthy

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