‘Our gym’ project up and running for UTC staff and students

Bucks UTC 'Our Gym' opening. UTC principal, Bev Flanagan, cuts the ribbon.
Bucks UTC 'Our Gym' opening. UTC principal, Bev Flanagan, cuts the ribbon.
  • New gym facilities designed by students
  • Sports council formed to make key desicions on project
  • Students declare the new gym ‘perfect’

A gym for students and staff designed by students has opend its doors at Bucks UTC.

With no outside facilities available for sport and fitness, the students were encouraged to prepare their own business plan outlining how they wanted to tackle the important issue of ‘keeping fit’.

The project was assisted by the team from the Gateway GYM at Buckinghamshire New University, which has provided a full range of Matrix fitness equipment on long-term loan.

Year 13 student Felix Turck, said: “We formed our own sports council and decided we’d really like a functional gym.

“Working with Bucks New University and Matrix, one of our partners, we did a competitor analysis and operational modelling to look at the many different options for equipment - what it cost against what we felt we needed.

“The results informed our business plan for ‘Our Gym’ – the name chosen by the students. Bucks New University kindly loaned equipment to us which really got things moving! And then to help things further, Matrix Fitness offered some extra equipment and marketing materials to make ‘Our Gym’ perfect!”

Liz Hughes, director of facilities and services at Bucks New University, said: “We are delighted to see the gym at Bucks UTC become a reality and extremely proud that Bucks New University has been able to help these young enterprising students in its creation.

“Health and fitness is a priority for us at the University and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with Matrix Fitness and the students and Sport Council at the UTC, who displayed so much enthusiasm and vision with their business plans.

“We look forward to current and future generations of students benefiting from these fantastic fitness facilities.”

Bucks UTC 'Our Gym' opening. Students working out using the new facitities.

Bucks UTC 'Our Gym' opening. Students working out using the new facitities.

We did a competitor analysis and operational modelling to look at the many different options for equipment

Hayley O’Keeffe