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Wellbeing Newcastle University puts Technology First T


he fitness suite at Newcastle University’s Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport has undergone a major equipment upgrade, following a thorough assessment, student research and a competitive tender process. Following on from a Precor CV refit in 2010, the university’s 400 sq m, two level gym has replaced all its cardiovascular and strength equipment, in order to take advantage of the high level of technology Precor equipment and Preva networked fitness has to offer. It is compatible with the university’s ‘Smart Card’, which is the student and staff ID card allows students to log in to the Preva network, as well being able to use just one card to access the facilities on site.


Since the introduction of Preva, the 125-station fitness suite has already seen a 10% increase in usage, with over 6,600 visits each week. Nick Beall, Facilities Service Manager at Newcastle University comments: ”One of the major plus points for using Precor was the RFID technology, as we wanted students to be able to use just one card to access all the facilities. Our initial intentions with Preva networked fitness were to use it as a vehicle for students to monitor and record their workouts and training sessions. However, we are now developing things further and are using Preva to create weekly, monthly and termly fitness challenges for members. Personal training staff and sports coaches are also using it extensively. It’s a fantastic piece of technology and its uses are immeasurable!”


Jez Whitling, UK Sales Director for Precor states: “We worked closely with the university to ensure that all their equipment and technological needs and requirements were met. The link with the university’s Smart Card was vital as this is a key factor in enhancing the student experience. The cards are used to scan in when attending lectures, as their library card, to gain access to computer cluster rooms and University buildings, as well as their sports membership card, to gain access to the sports centre and to login to the Precor equipment.


They can also use it to store photocopying credits and the next step is for them to be able to store cash credits so they can purchase things around campus, including at the Sports Centre.”


University said: “The addition of the new Precor equipment with RFID is quick, personal and saves time. All I do is swipe my card and the machine does the thinking!” Jez Whitling, UK Sales Director for Precor states: “We worked closely with the university to ensure that all their equipment and technological needs and requirements were met. The link with the university’s Smart Card was vital as this is a key factor in enhancing the student experience. The cards are used to scan in when attending lectures, as their library card, to gain access to computer cluster rooms and University buildings, as well as their sports membership card, to gain access to the sports centre and to login to the Precor equipment. They can also use it to store photocopying credits and the next step is for them to be able to store cash credits so they can purchase things around campus, including at the Sports Centre.” The University is currently undergoing planning for a major extension and it is hoped that within five years the building work will be completed and at that time, the size of the fitness suite will double to approximately 800 sq m.


Preventative tools for infection control P


revention is easier, less costly or painful than providing a cure, so when an education establishment needs products to maintain high levels of hygiene, many turn to Jangro for its wide range of products and next day deliveries. Jangro is the UK’s leading group of


independent distributors of hygiene, cleaning, janitorial and catering supplies with 41 privately owned, regional depots.


Its 174 page full colour illustrated product catalogue contains 4,000 products and is the most comprehensive illustrated product directory in the industry.


Unlike many catalogues this is user friendly, highly illustrated and reads like the A-Z of hygiene and cleaning products and equipment. The Jangro LMS range of training DVDs offers 10 modules covering cleaning, hygiene and safety.


Whether you are looking for powerful disinfectants, disposable wipers or washroom products – Jangro is your first stop. No school or college should be without the Jangro catalogue. For your copy and details of your local branch contact Jangro.


u0845 458 5223 uenquiries@jangrohq.net uwww.jangro.net May 2014


Notts Sport secures the UK’s biggest safer surfacing contract


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eading synthetic turf surfacing specialist Notts Sport has secured an exclusive three-year contract to provide safer surfacing solutions for Glasgow City Council. Notts Sport has been the exclusive supplier of safer surfaces for recreation and play to Glasgow City Council since 1991, and in that time has worked with the council on over 650 playgrounds and multi-use games areas.


The company won the latest contract – the biggest safer surfacing tender in the UK – ahead of many of its main rivals in a competitive tender process. Many of Notts Sport’s installations for Glasgow City Council have seen the company provide a cost-effective solution to refurbish wetpour rubber playgrounds. Notts Sport’s hard-wearing, vandal-resistant VHAF NottsSward carpet can usually be laid directly on top of an existing wetpour surface and requires minimal maintenance or repairs.


Shaun Patrick, Chairman of Notts Sport, says: “We’re delighted to have once again secured the biggest safer surfacing contract in the UK. “Glasgow City Council began working with Notts Sport 23 years ago following a thorough evaluation of all the surfacing options available and has stayed with us for so long because of NottsSward’s tremendous vandal- resistant qualities – a particular concern for the authority – and the durability of the product, with many of our installations in Glasgow lasting over 15 years without the need for repair or replacement.


“We look forward to continuing to work with the team to deliver the very best safer surfaces for local users.”


u01455 883730 uwww.nottssport.com www.education-today.co.uk 33


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