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City school gets ‘gym in a box’

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Up to 50 pupils will be able to train comfortably in and around the container gym simultaneously

KIMBERLEY Boys’ High School has become the first school in Kimberley to own an outdoor container gym following a grant of R298 138 from the National Lotteries Commission.

Acting Headmaster of the school, Wilfred Sell, said the objective of the purchase was to augment the current gymnasium facilities as part of the school’s sports development.

“Kimberley Boys’ High School has a number of sporting codes and, as such, fitness and conditioning facilities are crucial,’ Sell added.

Outdoor training is a new concept of fitness, with more people preferring to train outdoors. The Container Gymnasium allows the owner to dedicate an outdoor fitness space with a variety of equipment for creating workouts that are constantly varied and challenging, for all age groups and fitness levels.

Up to 50 pupils will be able to train comfortably in and around the container gym simultaneously.

The area around the container gym has been neatly paved by a further grant from the KHS Development Trust. The long-term plan is to transform the area into a multi-sporting mini complex.

The container boasts state-of-the-art equipment such as power bags and sandbags ranging from four to 25 kilogrammes, classic kettlebells, battle ropes, boxing bags, agility ladders, suspension trainers, adjustable benches, a treadmill, bench press incline, an all-terrain sled, just to mention a few.

Sell added that the school fields had, in recent years, been revamped with the help of a past National Lotteries Commission grant.

“The pavilion also received a facelift, with funds from school stakeholders such as the KHS Development Trust and old boys.

“This has given a huge boost to school sport as evidenced by several of the school’s sporting teams’ upward trajectory performance.”

Sell pointed out that more pupils per sporting code would now have access to a fitness facility.

“The gymnasium container is a cost-effective solution to expand the school fitness facilities without building on and the pupils will benefit immensely, working with experienced trainers, from this new addition to the school’s sporting facilities.”