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New kit empowers students to be active

16 November 2016

TWO Reading schools are hoping that a specialised offering will help to empower young women and encourage them to achieve their fitness goals.

The schools have been refurbished to include Matrix Fitness kit and designed to provide an inclusive environment without compromising on the standard of equipment.

Leighton Park is a co-educational day and boarding school for 11-18 year-olds that recently invested in its sports facilities by creating a new Fitness Centre.

Matrix treadmills, rowers, bikes and elliptical machines are now used as part of the academic timetable, or after school and at weekends for the boarding students.

Jeremy Belas, Director of Sport & Senior Enrichment Co-ordinator at Leighton Park said: “Traditionally, the school has always provided weight-training but this held very limited appeal to the girls in the school.

“Nigel Williams, our Head, specifically wanted to create a facility that would encourage the girls into the gym environment.

“Our Matrix installed Fitness and Cardio Centre has certainly achieved this with more girls at the school choosing fitness-based activities as part of their games afternoons and extra-curricular activities and working out using the high-end functional equipment.”

Also encouraging young women to participate in exercise is Queen Anne’s School in Caversham, an independent boarding and day school for 450 girls aged 11-18.

The school occupies a 35-acre campus and benefits from a new 140 sq. m gym, with the original gym having been converted into a dance/aerobic studio.

The new fitness suite features 35 pieces of Matrix equipment including a range of cardiovascular machines with individual consoles, indoor spinning bikes and Aura strength equipment including a Multi-Functional Trainer.

Ed Hellings, Director of Finance and Administration at Queen Anne’s School said, “As a leading independent girls school, we needed to have a gym that not only promotes health and wellbeing with our girls, but also reflects the standard expected by the girls themselves and their parents.

“By working closely with Matrix we now have this and everyone, without exception, loves the new fitness suite!”

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