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There’s a close correlation between strong sports facility provision and engagement – if not excellence – in sporting activity, as Simon Fry finds out


Recent success at a global level confirms how the best sports facilities get the best out of those using them. Privately educated competitors comprised 17.3 percent of Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, yet they contributed 37.5 percent of medallists. Despite having no representation in the boxing ring, such competitors punched well above their weight in the medals table. Helen Glover, half of the rowing pair which brought Britain its first gold in London, attended the country’s leading sports school, Millfield, which has recently invested in a Tiger Turf campus astro, fencing salle and performance gym. Such investment reflects the school’s ethos, as described by director of sport David Faulkner: “Sport will always provide

the opportunity to learn about yourself, especially when under pressure, learn about others whether being a team mate or opponent, and learn about the culture and behaviour you perform within.” See the right-hand panel for more details about Millfield’s facilities. Almost 500 UK schools, a large proportion of which are independent, have gyms for students equipped with Technogym machines. Andrew Davidson, Technogym UK sales director for education says: “Technogym offers state-of-the-art, end-to-end solutions improving health levels and also enabling the implementation of active learning experiences. By introducing a revenue- sharing model, we provide schools with the ability to build a top-class gym with no

ABOVE: Edwards Sports Products' football goals are independently tested BELOW: Many of Technogym's products are well suited for school use

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