Cobham Hall School climbs to new heights with new fitness wall

PUBLISHED: 13:37 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:42 05 March 2018

Girls from Years 7 and 9 enjoying the wall. Picture: Cobham Hall School

Girls from Years 7 and 9 enjoying the wall. Picture: Cobham Hall School


Last week’s snow didn’t stop play at Cobham Hall school, Gravesend, as girls enjoyed their chance to try out the latest addition to the school’s sports hall for the first time, involving an exciting and realistic climbing experience.

Supervised by head of PE, Kelli Hooper, the girls eagerly started using a new climbing wall as part of a programme of activities for boarders during the week - alongside continued lessons which took place despite the weather conditions.

The school, which is located just outside Cobham village, welcomed the new addition to their sports hall this term, when the Freedom Climber was installed, and last week provided the first opportunity for pupils enjoy the new equipment.

A combination of rotating and transverse climbing walls, the Freedom Climber replicates a realistic climbing experience, with all the physiological benefits of continuous climbing, but with the benefit of being in a safe, low-level environment.

The school’s Parent Teacher Association, the Unicorn Association, hold regular fundraising events such as raffles, seasonal events, quiz nights and themed balls for parents, staff, elders and pupils throughout the school year for the benefit of the school community.

Through these events, the association were able to source and fund the new wall in order to increase fitness facilities at the school.

Chairman of the Unicorn Association, Miranda Tubb, said: “The Unicorn Association feels it is important to fund projects that all the girls can enjoy. “The Freedom Climber is an excellent way for the girls to either have fun, or use during PE lessons.”

Mrs Hooper added: “We are thrilled and grateful to the Unicorn Association for the new Freedom Climber.

“Fitness at Cobham Hall is always at the forefront of our minds, and we try to ensure that we concentrate on whole body conditioning and fitness.

“The new climbing wall will be an excellent asset.

“Not only is it enjoyable, climbing is great for improving muscular strength and endurance, coordination, boosting brain function as well as reducing stress.”

The school will also be holding an open morning on Saturday, April 28.

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