Prior to the development the Denstone College were using a re-purposed viewing gallery area above their sports hall. The programme outgrew this area, as well the school facing issues with sub floor damage and space limitations. Having identified two areas on site, the school went for the larger option of knocking through 4 x existing Fives courts.
A key objective was to preserve a large, open central space, that was versatile and could be adapted to any type of session delivery. Equipment has been located at the perimeter to utilise the spaces between internal walls and eliminate dead space. The wide range of free weights can be used to load a vast array of movements, allowing progression and regression based on both competency and strength levels.
The mixture of CV equipment lends itself to performance profiling, group exercise sessions and on and off feet conditioning. All equipment is easily movable, allowing the staff to adapt the layout based on training requirements. Bespoke Denstone branded equipment has been used on key elements throughout.
"Perform Better have been fantastic in their attention to detail through all aspects of the design and build. Sam and the team have been incredibly helpful and relaxed, always happy to chat through any concerns we have had and always offered solutions to fit our constraints.
Perform Better met the brief perfectly to provide a user and coach friendly gym that allows sight over the whole area to ensure safety and good session 'flow'. As well as this the equipment is perfect for a school setting due to the design, colours and ease of use meaning that the students have the best experience. We can now fit in a large PE class of 25 year 7s, or a squad of 20+ senior rugby players, no issue and the space caters for both.
The new space has completely transformed the programme and created so many more options. The gym has improved our students experience and relationship with exercise hugely."
Head of Athletic Development
The new gym will support the school's high performance provision, training of academy athletes, as well as providing the setting for a higher level of general school population use.
The equipment installed included:
- Elite Power Racks x 4
- Adjustable Benches x 6
- Branded Graphix Platforms x 2
- Medicine Ball Walls
- Olympic Discs and Bars
- Branded PU Dumbbell Set
- Competition Kettlebells
- Wattbike Pro x 2
- Concept Ski Erg x 2
- Concept Rower x 2
- Concept Bike x 4
- Duratrain Performance Flooring
- Turf Track