Redeveloped sports centre is now up and running
We’re pleased to announce that the first phase of our redeveloped sports centre is now operational. The purpose of the new centre is to help maximise engagement and personal achievement for our pupils in all areas of sport and physical exercise.
Bryanston’s gym and six-lane swimming pool have been completely redeveloped as part of the drive to provide a contemporary and progressive environment for delivering physical education and sport to pupils of all abilities. A dedicated Performance and Development Suite has also been created to provide groundbreaking monitoring, insight and bespoke training to support the growth, conditioning and development of young sportsmen and women who excel in their chosen sport. This new facility will also significantly improve the physical development and education of all pupils at the School, through its distinct focus on the maturing adolescent.
Alex Fermor-Dunman, Bryanston’s Director of Sport, commented: “Although we’re still a year away from full completion, we’re delighted that the first phase of our ambitious project has been delivered on schedule.
“The reaction of pupils and staff has been everything we’d hoped for. To see the active endorsement from Premiership clubs in rugby and football, alongside national teams and governing bodies of so many different sports provides a real vote of confidence in our efforts to create a truly world-class venue for sporting excellence and endeavour.”
In addition to Bryanston pupils and staff, many other visitors are already taking advantage of the new facilities, including talented and aspiring girls and boys from local schools as well as professionals from the sporting world and athletes from the University of Bath.
The construction programme, which was given the green light in 2015, has run in tandem with an investment in new processes and personnel to deliver best practice in coaching and training across all sports and physical activities. This has included the recruitment of a Head of Performance Sport, Alex Chapman, a former Head of Physical Preparation for the English Institute of Sport and a highly respected strength and conditioning coach from the world of professional sport, who is now leading the School’s bespoke Performance Sport Programme.
The second phase of the sports centre will include a new social and recreation area, special physiotherapy and analysis rooms and dedicated sports classrooms.
For photos and details of the facilities, please see the sports centre page.