Gordons School’s existing space was designed as a leisure/sports centre gym and then modified over time to help fit the department’s needs. Certain limitations of the space were impacting the programme and the integration of S&C within the PE curriculum. Higher demand for open-use sessions by boarders had also prompted the review. The school opted for a new build, modular structure to be installed alongside the existing pitches and sports hall to create a sporting hub on campus.

Four Standard Power Racks have been installed, with internal and external lifting bays to allow for a multiple concurrent users. Integrated platforms have been installed within racks to allow for better performance of Olympic lifts, as well as eliminating trip hazards. A large central area has been retained, complete with a 10m x 1.5m multisport, line marked track.

Gordon’s School colours and branding have been included on the platforms, with bespoke rack joining plates created at the team’s request.

“Working with Sam Vagg and Perform Better has been fantastic, a simple but detailed process has allow the project to be very smooth. We were able to discuss and design a facility that suited our needs and would maximise our space. We were able to personalize our equipment within a set budget to ensure we got what we wanted to enhance student development.

Our new gym has been an excellent addition to our current sport facilities and now gives us the opportunity to take our performance programme to the next level. The facility now allows us to improve our curriculum, co-curricular and performance programmes greatly. The gym has also increased the health, fitness and well-being within the school, in particular to our residential boarders who have access to the facility every morning and evening. We are so grateful to Sam and his team for their assistance through this project and really pleased with the end result.

Ian Jones, Elite Performance Manager and Head of S&C

The equipment installed included:

  • Standard Power Racks x 4
  • Inset Lifting Platform
  • Compact Dual Adjustable Pulley
  • PB Olympic Bars and Discs
  • Foam Plyo Boxes
  • Duratrain Performance Flooring
  • Endurasport Track
  • Concept 2 Bikes
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