New fitness suite puts pupils through their paces

Carres Grammar School fitness centre

Pupils at Carre’s Grammar School in Sleaford will have no excuse to become couch potatoes following the opening of the school’s new state-of-the-art fitness centre.

The industry standard gym, which is also open to the public, is part of a £835,000 two-storey extension which also houses a sports science lab and nutrition suite on the second floor.

Waldeck was appointed by consulting and business services group, Mouchel, to design and detail the foundations of the building and the structural steel frame. They were also responsible for completing the drainage and infrastructure works.

Education Sector

Waldeck has been involved in a number of similar projects in the education sector over the past 12 months as Director Martin Osborne explained.

“This latest education project follows on from a similar job we did in conjunction with GSS Architecture at Stamford Endowed Schools,” said Martin.

“We were responsible for the civil and structural engineering design work in relation to the construction of a new 25m swimming pool and gymnasium which is very similar to the new fitness suite at Carre’s Grammar School.

“It’s great to see the government and schools investing time and money in these kinds of facilities which not only benefit the school but the community as a whole.”

Sport and Active Leisure Diploma

Community Sports Liaison Officer at Carre’s Grammar School Charlotte Williamson said the new facilities will be put to good use.

“As well as being able to offer a brand new Sport and Active Leisure Diploma to Sixth Form students we’ll be teaching cookery skills as part of the curriculum for the first time in the school’s 407-year history,” she said.

“We’ll also be running after school cookery clubs and teaching culinary survival skills to those students who are about to head off to university!

“There will be classes for young mums and we’ll be working closely with youth services, children’s centres and North Kesteven District Council’s Environmental Health team to ensure the school and the community is gaining maximum benefit from the new facilities on offer.

Ribbon Cutting

“Similarly the fitness suite is open to members of the public, particularly those who have been put off joining a gym in the past for whatever reason and we’re expanding our Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Referral scheme in conjunction with Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust.”

The school officially marked the opening of the new facility on 2nd February 2011 with an official ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council Councillor Peter Bedford. Guests also had the opportunity to see the new facilities being used and sample food prepared by pupils in the nutrition suite.

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