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PUBLISHED: 15:19 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:17 24 August 2010

by Andy McCorkell Pupils hit the treadmill after their school opened up a new gym. Kilburn Park School Foundation, Malvern Road, converted a former computer room into the facility for the health conscious. Nicknamed Stripes by the pupil

by Andy McCorkell

Pupils hit the treadmill after their school opened up a new gym.

Kilburn Park School Foundation, Malvern Road, converted a former computer room into the facility for the health conscious.

Nicknamed 'Stripes' by the pupils, the gym boasts the latest fitness equipment including treadmills, rowing machines and stationary bikes.

The school also provides a venue for a range of exercise classes, ranging from aerobics to yoga, which all pupils are encouraged to join.

Thomas Arnold, eight, from Carlton Vale, said: "It's great, really fun and it helps with my football and tennis."

Angel Fosu, eight, from Cambridge Road, said: "I like the gym it's very great. The equipment is very useful and easy to handle. There are all sorts of different equipment I like."

Laurence Keel, Kilburn Park head teacher, said: "We're really proud of this suite. It's such a fantastic facility and the equipment is as good as any you would find in a private gym.

"The kids are really thrilled to have it and we have definitely noticed an improvement in attendance and attainment since having it installed.

"It wouldn't be over-stating it to say that the suite has actually brought the school closer together as a community and I'm sure it's sparked a general interest in sport and fitness among the pupils, even those who would not normally have taken much interest in games and PE in the past."

When the children join the gym and become Stripes members they are issued with membership cards and their very own Stripes branded t-shirt and water bottle.

They can use the suite before school, as part of the Breakfast Club, as well as during lunchtimes and after school.

The suite was provided from an extended schools grant as part of the 'Fit for School' programme.

As well as Kilburn Park pupils, children and young people from the wider South Kilburn community are also able to use the gym and other school facilities on Saturday mornings.

People can join a range of classes, including cheerleading, tumbling, basketball and cookery as part of the school's 'Weekender' initiative, which has been jointly funded by the school and South Kilburn New Deal for Communities.

Andrew.McCorkell@archant.co.uk


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