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Our new building, opening in September 2021, will be light, bright, welcoming and fully accessible, with a Fitness Suite, Mind & Body Zone, and Sports Lab, used by the school during the day, and available to the community during evenings, weekends and school holidays.
It’s almost here…you can use this page to explore what the Sports Campus is all about, and what it will mean for you.
[Our fundraising to meet the cost of the Sports Campus is still urgently ongoing. If you would like to find out how you could help us reach our target, please visit our donations page]
*A bright, friendly place where people feel safe and supported to be active
*A place where technology inspires activity
*A place which encourages personal goal setting not competitive exercise
*A place where participation and progress, not just achievement, are celebrated
*A place where physical activity and mental health and wellbeing are practised and nurtured
We want to inspire everyone to be more active, and provide an innovative gateway for community education, by providing opportunities to learn from our network of sports and wellbeing specialists via a free programme of lectures and seminars, all under one roof. Being active directly leads to better mental wellbeing, and the new building will enable everyone to value the importance of that relationship.
Lower Ground Floor Plan
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First Floor Plan
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Our large, 112m2 fitness suite will have plenty of cardio machines including rowing machines, bicycles, and running machines, plus fixed and free weights sections, and a 10m sprint practice track in the centre of the room. Designed to enable users of all ages and abilities to easily embark on fitness activities, the gym will use the latest technology to allow everyone to follow a personalised exercise programme. Help will always be on hand, with advice and usage instructions accessible wirelessly from info hotspots built into the walls and equipment. Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pitch will flood the gym with light, making it a bright, welcoming, positive and fun place for us all to visit and enjoy.
Funders so far: London Marathon Charitable Trust
The Mind & Body Zone is an 80m2 space for wellbeing activities, yoga and relaxation classes, as well as some dance. With a beautiful natural wooden floor, white walls, large windows and a calm, peaceful vibe, this space is designed to make us move mindfully, stretch gently, breathe deeply and think clearly. The room will also host a new sports science lecture programme, allowing members of the school and community to attend free lectures by visiting specialists from the worlds of sport, nutrition, psychology and science, encouraging us to exercise and stretch both body and mind.
Funders so far: Garfield Weston Foundation, Lillingstone Trust
Our Sports Lab takes up the whole of the bottom floor of the Sports Campus. Inspired by visits to professional sports clubs, a large, open plan teaching space leads through a glass partition wall to a suite of high tech sports analysis and virtual reality equipment: this area is designed to enable us to put key elements of the sports science curriculum into practice for the very first time. With access straight from the pitch, we’ll be able to video activity on the pitch (and eventually in other outdoor and indoor sports areas) and instantly watch playback on large screens and analyse performance, using the IdeaPaint wall for collaborative learning . We’ll be able to go a step further too, and actually learn how to code the activity on pitch and use the data to learn better techniques and improve our play. The Sports Lab will proactively motivate everyone to understand the role of technology in helping us to learn how to move more, and how to move well, and will encourage us to set goals and measure performance. Importantly, it will also teach us that there are many careers in sport off the pitch, and will inspire the next generation of sports technologists.
Funded by: Racelogic
Our full size, FA approved 3G pitch is transforming sport at The Royal Latin. Funded thanks to a generous grant from the Football Foundation, the pitch will be used for a range of sports and can be used in all but the very worst of weather. Best of all, no more mud! So we can be active all year round, and into the evenings too, thanks to the fantastic floodlights. Football, touch rugby, lacrosse, plus general fitness, skills and tactics training for a range of sports, the 3G pitch will be used for it all – and we’ll be able to host lots more fixtures and tournaments, and invite clubs, academies and our sporting heroes to come and join in!
The Sports Campus will be available for use by the community every evening and throughout weekends and school holidays. In addition:
If you know of a community group which could benefit from using the Sports Campus, please get in touch with us at RLS600@royallatin.org To book Sports Campus facilities for your club or for private use, please visit our lettings pages.
As an exciting addition to the existing Lillingstone Lectures held in the Discovery Centre, The Sports Campus will host a programme of Sports Science Lectures, also sponsored by the Lillingstone Trust. The new lectures will be held in the Mind & Body Zone, enabling the community to meet (free of charge) our network of experts from all over the UK in the fields of sport, nutrition and physical/mental health, to learn first hand from their experience, and to take home ideas that they can implement in their own lives.
To receive details of forthcoming Sports Campus Community Lectures, or to suggest a lecture topic or speaker, please email RLS600@royallatin.org
The Sports Campus will allow students to experience being active in an enjoyable and more diverse and interesting way, with greatly improved curriculum continuity. It will also create other opportunities:
Improved Opportunities: The Sports Campus will offer access to different pathways and training opportunities within sport, beyond the role of performer. The new facilities will help the development of students in partnership with National Governing Bodies, academies and satellite clubs, as well as allowing us to develop our links for all students with local providers/teams. These links will provide training opportunities for both staff and students.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Teachers: as an established centre for School Centred Initial Teacher Training, this facility will transform the training we can offer to future generations of teachers, who will go on to teach PE at schools right across the UK. We’ll also offer to host other training for established teachers.
Supporting Volunteering: we’ll host training courses for grass roots sports coaches and volunteers, enabling them to be trained and put their learnings into practice in the same facility. We’ll train our young volunteers (Latin Leaders) to enable them to provide peer to peer support to others, including specific training modules such as the MIND training to support more vulnerable people to exercise.
Employment & Vocational Training: the Sports Campus will be used to deliver a range of training to staff, including teaching, support staff and premises staff. In addition, we’ll train new staff appointed to the project, including young people.