A new outdoor gym at the UEL Docklands Campus has been officially opened.
The facility, which is open to students, staff and members of the local community, was unveiled at a special event last Thursday, involving students from Kingsford Community School in Beckton. The outdoor gym has been funded by UEL and Newham Council and is situated on the Dockside.
The equipment was supplied by the Great Outdoor Gym Company and includes cross trainers; mini cross trainers; chest press machines; lateral pull downs and pull up machines. The outdoor gym also has a basketball area and table tennis equipment.
At the opening, students braved the wet weather to test out the equipment and also take part in a high-intensity basketball training session led by Chris Facey from Newham All Star Sports Academy.
Michael Mann, a Year 10 student at Kingsford Community School, was keen to offer his thoughts on the new gym: “I really like the outdoor gym; you can really feel it working. I’d definitely encourage friends and family to try it out.”
David Cosford, Director of Sport at UEL, said: “I’m delighted that we have opened this new outdoor gym. I know that the students from Kingsford Community certainly enjoyed their tour. My message to staff, students and people who live in the local area is to make some time to try out this new facility. It’s free of charge, fun to use and will help keep you fit and active.”
The new outdoor gym will open at approximately 8.00am and will remain open until approximately 9.00pm during the summer months. During the winter, the gym will close when it becomes dark.
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with over 28,000 students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.