Greenfield Community College has recently installed a state-of-the-art fitness suite.
The ambitious project saw an outlay of £25,000 which will create an additional area that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and community.
“Following a difficult period with the Covid-19 pandemic it was something that as a school we decided to prioritise opportunities for pupils to increase their levels of activity, fitness levels and physical and mental wellbeing and we fully believe that that fantastic facility will be able to do this,” said a Greenfield statement.
“Without the support of local businesses, it wouldn’t have been possible.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Howdens, Gestamp, Aycliffe Plant and Trade Glass Newton Aycliffe, all of whom supported the fitness suite alongside additional funding from County Durham Sport and internal school funds.”
Greenfield say the facility will support its extra-curricular sports programme, in which over 60% of KS3 pupils are currently engaged in.
Following half term, for the first time, Greenfield launched a fitness session before school starts which has already seen a really strong sign up across all year groups.
PE subject leader Martin Butterworth said: “I firmly believe that we as a PE department have a responsibility to promote regular physical activity, wellbeing and lifelong learning of the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
“This state-of-the-art fitness suite will significantly contribute towards this ambition.”
The newly installed fitness suite comes on the back of a recent award to Greenfield Community College PE Department, the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Quality Mark with Distinction for PE and School Sport.
Martin Butterworth is pictured (above) with Paul James (Gestamp) Caroline Smith and Lorna Jackson (Howdens) and Greenfield head David Priestley.