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ABOVE: Rowing star Helen Glover benefitted from Millfield's facilities

capital outlay. The gym is made available to fee-paying local residents who help to pay for its cost, allowing schools to acquire first-class facilities they cannot otherwise afford.” Several of Technogym’s recently launched products are well suited for school use. Arke is a functional training solution comprising 12 different fitness tools inspired by the four elements – earth, wind, water and fire – training all physical components: speed, strength, agility, flexibility, coordination and balance. Kinesis Stations are a range of six products using patented technology which allow users to move in any direction with minimal seating adjustments. Suitable for individual or group sessions, for both elite athletes and beginners and with minimal teaching required, they draw on a new approach to functional strength training and on simple and intuitive exercises reflecting everyday movements. Mywellness cloud, the fitness industry’s first cloud-based system, enables users to track data in and outside of school using different platforms and devices, making it a central hub for data collection and storage. For schools this is an invaluable

asset for active learning – data can be exported for sports, science and maths classes, and accessed by students anywhere and at any time from an internet-enabled device or PC. Excite+ is Technogym’s standard- setting cardiovascular equipment line, comprising nine machines offering a complete range of upper and lower body movement options. It is now available with the UNITY screen, the most advanced cardio console on the market, featuring swipescreen navigation, customisable access to apps, programmes and content, and full automated data collection from each user. This allows new options for active learning, through language-based lessons (preferred languages can be set on each interface), heart-rate training, and access to videos, content and learning apps while exercising.

Edwards Sports Products, suppliers to Wimbledon as well as Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham FC, is entering its 130th year in business and has recently renewed its memberships of the Sport & Fitness Equipment Association and the Sports & Play Construction Association. Membership of these national trade bodies demonstrates their commitment to producing high-quality sports equipment which meets all relevant safety standards. Their football goals are independently tested to the relevant British and European standards and conform to BS EN 748 (Senior) or BS EN 8462 (Youth and Small Side) when anchored correctly. Alongside excellent facilities, the role played by engaging teachers – sometimes getting the most out of more modest provision – in helping interest children in sport is crucial, according to Independent Schools Association sport ambassador Gwilym Price MBE. “New facilities make an enormous difference to any school,” he says, “but, naturally, we also have schools with multi-purpose halls only and inner- city schools with rooftop playgrounds which do remarkable work by having such dedicated and committed staff, finding nearby facilities if necessary as well as working at their school.” iE

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✥ A huge range of sports is offered at Millfield School, from athletics, equestrianism, golf and swimming to judo and clay pigeon shooting, alongside cricket, rugby, hockey and more. Its extensive sports facilities include the Barracuda Sports Hall, a multi-purpose hall with a Uniturf surface used for sports including tennis, badminton, netball, basketball training, pole vaulting, trampolining and cricket.

The main Jubilee Hall has an air sprung wooden laminated floor and is used for sports including indoor hockey, indoor football, basketball, netball and volleyball. The Fitness Suite comprises fourteen Sportesse Resistance Training Stations plus cardiovascular equipment by Concept II and Powerjog.

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