Official Opening of the Health and Fitness Centre
Although we had started testing and using the Health and Fitness Centre in October 2017, we officially opened the building on Saturday 30th June 2018.
As our invited guests arrived, the buzz was mounting and the general comments were ‘wow, this building is incredible, it will give the pupils the most amazing sporting and physical experience’.
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Women’s FA and previous Chair of UK Sport and Youth Sports Trust, cut the ribbon and declared the building officially open in front of the pupils, staff and invited guests. She spoke to the pupils about taking every opportunity and if they don’t succeed, to try again until they are successful.
Principal Eve Jardine-Young, Chair of Council Libby Bassett, and Director of Sport Development Andy Borrie, joined the Baroness on the Terrace. They spoke about the opportunities the building will bring to the health and wellbeing of pupils, staff and members, as well as Phase Two of the build, which will start this Summer and include a new artificial turf pitch, refurbishment of the second sports hall with climbing wall and renovation of the swimming pool. They also thanked everyone who had contributed to the project.
The Principal then concluded her speech with the words "Let the Games Begin".
Celebrating sport and physical activity was at the forefront of the planning for the day and so from 11.00am until late afternoon, the day was filled with the most enjoyable events where parents, guests and pupils could all take part.
These included House Athletics, Squash tournaments, Netball Masterclass by Severn Stars Player Ella Powell-Davies, a fiercely contested Cricket match, Fitness Suite ‘try out’ sessions with our personal trainers, Disco Spin, fencing, a mini-tennis tournament and a sporting fairground, which involved archery, a pool inflatables race, synergy rig sessions, rowing challenge, golf, lacrosse, football, hockey and Welly Wanging.
There was also a Dance Showcase judged by Kevin Page, CEO & former President of National Association of Teachers of Dancing, Yvonne Gilmore, former President of NATD, and Janet Marshall, Principal of Janet Marshall Dance Academy in Cheltenham.
Invited guests stayed for a buffet and drinks in the stunning function room, which which was organised by our superb catering team. The conversations were flowing and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces, including a number of former staff who contributed to the development of sport at College.
The day itself was a huge success, as was the week building up to the event. The pupils' sports timetable was changed for the week counting down to the opening and they were given the chance to choose from an array of physical activities. We were joined by ZUU instructor Chris Bradley who led staff and pupils through a fun HIIT workout that develops mobility, agility, flexibility and boosts cardio endurance.
We also enjoyed GCA cheerleading sessions, Anneli Dance sessions that bought the dance studio alive with street dance and a very active Zumba session in the sportshall. There was also the opportunity to take part in Tag Rugby, Synchro, a Frisbee tournament, a cricket talk from England player Lydia Greenway, boxercise, a Row the Channel challenge, rounders, stretch, synergy rig sessions and much much more.
The Principal's vision to ensure pupils are healthy and active during their time at College and are educated about the importance and need to keep an active life beyond their school years has enabled this fantastic week to happen and provide a fun-filled occasion that will stay in memory of all that attended.
Miss Tamplin, Director of Sport (Engagement)