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 Climbing experience
 Cobham Hall School, Kent, welcomed a new addition to their Sports Hall as a Freedom Climber was installed. The Freedom Climber is a combination of rotating and transverse climbing walls, which replicate a realistic climbing experience with all
the physiological benefits of continuous climbing but in a safe, low-level environment.
The School’s Parent-Teacher Association, Unicorn, sourced
and funded the wall. The
Unicorn Association hold regular fundraising events, such as raffles, seasonal events, quiz nights and themed Balls for Parents, Staff, Elders and Pupils throughout the school year for the benefit of the school community.
Cobham Hall’s Head of PE, Mrs Kelli Hooper, welcomed the wall: “We’re thrilled and grateful to
the Unicorn Association for the new Freedom Climber. Fitness
at Cobham Hall is always at the forefront of our minds, and we
try to ensure that we concentrate on whole body conditioning and fitness. The new climbing wall will be an excellent asset. Not only is it enjoyable, climbing is great for improving muscular strength and endurance, coordination, boosting brain function as well as reducing stress.”
Nine revolutions on the rotating wall is the equivalent of climbing 51m – the height of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square!
For the more adventurous, 224 revolutions would take them to the summit of Ben Nevis, whilst 1475 revolutions is the number needed to climb the height of Mount Everest.
A group of young real tennis players from Manchester High School for Girls got the Royal seal of approval from HRH The Earl of Wessex as they showcased their skills as part of a campaign to generate support for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) at the Manchester Tennis & Racquet Club last month (March).
The students were joined by pupils from four other schools from across Greater Manchester to receive a master class on the original racquet sport; as part of a series of UK events by HRH to raise awareness of the DofE. The tennis enthusiasts tested their new skills against each other in front of a Royal audience; HRH, and other guests including proud mums, dads and teachers.
Manchester High girls celebrated their third place as HRH congratulated all students and
presented them with medals at the end of the event.
Sarah Rowley, PE teacher at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “At Manchester High, we
offer a wide and varied learning experience both in and outside the classroom, and we encourage our girls to go out there and explore new things. Trying out different forms of sport such as real tennis may push them out of their comfort zone, but it also gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and transfer them to their own field of training. The Real Tennis Challenge was a fantastic event and we were honoured to meet The Earl. Our girls were visibly inspired by his passion for the sport and no doubt it was an experience they will talk about for many years to come.”
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    Swimming champions
 The Mall School, London, swimming squad retained their title as borough swimming champions last month (March).
Over 40 schools took part and the boys put in an impressive
overall performance winning team gold medal in the medley relay and silver medal in the freestyle relay. Individual medals were awarded to three squad members.
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