Improving the quality of PE and sport opportunities

Creating the right environment to encourage children of all abilities to participate in sports within school settings, both as part of the curriculum and as part of after-school sports clubs, can appear daunting. With a myriad of choices ranging from the best surface to use to maximise all-year round usage, to considerations to be given to the choice of sports to incorporate and the most appropriate fencing systems to blend in with the specific setting, it’s important to get a knowledgeable partner involved who can work with the school in a consultative manner. Playtime by Fawns have been involved in the design, manufacture and installation of such Multi-Use-Games-Areas, Play Equipment and outdoor gyms for almost 30 years, and from experience we know that only by understanding the specific requirements of the school can we create a sustainable low-maintenance solution which significantly enhances pupil participation in sports, games and exercise.

Working within differing budget constraints and often with free space at a premium, Fawns can offer advice on the most appropriate surfacing options specific to the priorities of the setting, often one of the most important decisions to ensure the success of any sports space. From artificial grass, porous tarmac to the latest polymeric rubber based surfacing designed to meet Sport England specification, a continuous, resilient multi-use sports surface designed for use in all weathers. The porous polymeric surface is suitable for a wide variety of activities and provides high quality play combined with comfort, good grip, minimum risk of injuries and fast draining after rain fall. It is suitable for a whole range of sports, with long-lasting integral lines which can be painted in distinctive colours to help easily differentiate the pitches for different sports.

Our range of sports fencing is available in four different fencing and goal specifications, again designed to meet the specific requirements of the setting. Offering noise reduction by virtue of their rubber inserts, the fencing panels can even be cranked inwards to increase ball retention, with clamp bars covering panel ends to ensure a safe playing area with no sharp edges. We offer flexibility in terms of panel heights, and a range of options in terms of access points. Goals can be enclosed or open, and basketball hoops set at reduced height for primary aged children. Available in seven different colours, the courts can be as eye catching or as subtle as required. The steel is galvanised and powder coating with our premium systems offering a 25 year structural guarantee and 7 year paintwork guarantee.

If space really is at a premium we can offer our innovative freestanding goals, basketball hoops, ball catchers and ball walls – these can be incorporated within the playground while ensuring the space is kept as flexible and open-ended as possible. Extremely cost effective while durable and low-maintenance, they offer the chance to significantly enhance PE and Sport opportunities as well as offering additional activities for break and lunchtimes.

To make full use of the school estate we manufacture and install a range of timber health-trek equipment, designed to create an outdoor circuit training trail around the perimeter of the school field. Used as part of curriculum lessons, the sustainable low-maintenance equipment is free from moving parts and is manufactured from machine rounded timber with a 15 year guarantee – it’s available in a number of different sizes depending on the age group, and blends seamlessly into the typical tree lined school field perimeter.

More sophisticated solutions are available in the form of our range of outdoor fitness equipment, manufactured by our parent company Wicksteed Playgrounds. Increasingly familiar in public parks around the country, this equipment has been specially designed to cater for a wide range of abilities, from the complete novice right through to the experienced athlete, from balance beams and dip bars to double leg press, hamstring stretch and full-on calisthenics static fitness zone. Using the very latest smartphone technology, QR codes on each of the individual units can be scanned by the users’ mobile devices. Video footage demonstrates the multiple exercises that can be performed on each piece of equipment. Written instruction signs on each item also provide clear and concise guidance, ensuring each item of equipment is used properly, efficiently and therefore effectively.

All of our products and ball courts are fully compliant with the latest British safety standards, and Playtime by Fawns are members of the Association of Play Industries.

For a free consultation, including no obligation designs and advice, contact Fawns by telephone or email, or visit our website.

01252 515199