Girls’ Sport at
Loughborough Schools Foundation
We are ambitious at Loughborough Schools Foundation – ambitious for each and every girl to find her own level in physical exercise. We aim to encourage and support each and every one to develop a habit of a healthy lifestyle while they are with us. A healthy lifestyle supports good mental well-being. Making regular physical exercise a part of everyday, we will help set a habit for a lifetime.
The benefits of being fit and healthy are well documented, as is the tendency for girls to decrease their activity levels from the age of 14 years. Studies have proven that keeping active aids concentration and performance in academic work. We understand how important it is for the girls to take time away from their studies to enjoy a dance class, or a hockey match, and our need to provide access to the right equipment and facilities.
We are very aware that what we offer to the girls now will help build their platform for life. Some of our pupils will go on to elite sport, but for the majority we aim to ensure that we produce girls confident in a range of activities, aware of their own responsibility for their physical health, and with soft skills such as teamwork, confidence and resilience, which will help them in later life.
Despite the lack of good indoors facilities, we have built a good reputation for sporting excellence, but we have ambitions to do more. The facilities will allow our teams to improve core strength, which improves performance. We will develop an Elite Sports programme to assist those showing promise, and promote pathways to regional, national and international competitions.
Ambitious? Yes – but with your help, we can complete the facility quickly and begin to widen our programme of healthy living and sporting achievement for all.
To find out how you can help click here.
“We aim to ensure that every single pupil has a chance to find something that they can either just enjoy or excel at.”
Our new Sports Facility is designed to be an exciting and accessible environment for members of our community to participate in sports and develop their skills and fitness.
Our current facilities will be developed in such a way to motivate our girls to get active and stay active for life.
We are developing a significant multi-sports space which allows for simultaneous activities to take place.
With its own reception and changing area, this modern, flexible environment will appeal to all.
It will also provide a space for whole school and joint-school assemblies – a real challenge across the Foundation.
The fitness suite will contain a state-of-the art range of cardio, strength and group equipment.
This will offer flexibility and multiple exercise options to meet the needs of skills at all levels.
Girls will be encouraged to make use of these facilities before and after school and at lunchtimes.
This large, light space will be used for a wide range of activities including dance and fitness classes.
With more options, we aim to ensure all our girls will discover a physical activity they enjoy and create a habit for life.
Reception and new changing facilities
Updating the tired facilities will encourage our girls to use them more often.
Having a modern, professional entrance will create the right impression to visiting teams, giving LSF the profile to match our sporting success.
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The Parents’ Associations have a long history of successfully raising funds for items that fees do not cover. With your help by supporting their events every year they have provided valuable resources throughout the schools.
This year the Parents’ Associations of LHS and OLCS are joining forces for their most challenging target yet. Their aim is to support the Foundation in providing all the equipment for the new, exciting, state of the art sports facility that our girls truly deserve.
With support from the LHS PA, OLCS PA, former pupils and staff we have raised a fantastic £28,000 which provides the equipment for the new build sports hall. Thank you to everyone who has supported an event or made a donation so far. Amazing! What a great start.
Following is a list of equipment we are fund raising for. Items start from as little as £36.
The Fitness Suite
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No Item Cost Sponsored by 2 Large electronic basketball nets attached to the ceiling. £3600 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 4 Small basketball nets attached to the walls £600 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Netball nets attached to the side walls £120 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Indoor football goals posts with anchor points £420 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Indoor hockey goals £657 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 8 Badminton posts (inc nets) £120 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Handball goals £870 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 4 Table tennis tables £600 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Trampoline £3600 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Indoor volley ball net and posts (depending on size and direction) £300 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Netball posts £270 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 2 Indoor tennis nets and posts £390 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 1 Whiteboard £36 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 1 Storecupboard £360 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff 1 Line marking for MSFT £1200 each LHS PA, OLCS PA and Former Pupils and Staff Total £27,810
No Item Cost Sponsored by 1 Noticeboard £36 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Lockers £3600 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Water filling station £1800 each Garfield Weston Foundation Total £5,436
No Item Cost Sponsored by 1 Wall fitted with 8ft Mirrors £6000 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Whiteboard £36 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Roll out floormats £840 each Garfield Weston Foundation Total £6,876
No Item Cost Sponsored by 5 Treadmills £7200 each 5 Upright exercise bikes (Stairmaster Airfit) £3600 each 4 Rowing machines £1200 each 4 Elliptical cross trainers £7200 each 1 Upper body ergometers (disability use) £6000 each 1 Recumbent cycle (disability use) £6000 each 1 Mats £2400 each Garfield Weston Foundation 2 Sets of Dumbells 2kg - 4kg 2 of each weight) £540 each 1 Dumbells rack £360 each Dr Julian Murphy 2 Olympic Bars £150 each Richard and Jane Harker 1 Bench press facilities £600 each 2 Bench £600 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Squat rack £600 each 1 Floor to ceiling mirrors £6000 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Olympic Bar £150 each 1 Weight plates (1.25 – 20kg – 2 of each plate) £720 each 1 Steps/boxes £120 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Mats £300 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Frame – TRX bands attached £600 each 1 Pulley machine £3600 each 1 Kettle bells (3 – 14kg – 1 of each) £1080 each 1 Medicine balls (4 – 10kg – 1 of each) £240 each 1 Battle ropes £300 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Whiteboard £36 each 1 Projector £3000 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Water filling station £1800 each Total £124,086
No Item Cost Sponsored by 1 Interactive whiteboard £720 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Projector £3000 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Whiteboard £36 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Tables £300 each Garfield Weston Foundation 1 Chairs £300 each Garfield Weston Foundation Total £4,356
“The habit of sport is a gift for life. The gift of confidence, resilience, health and joy.”
Details of forthcoming events to be posted soon
If you would like to associate your successful company’s brand with our girls’ outstanding sporting successes, then consider sponsoring a piece of equipment. Your company’s name will be mounted on the chosen piece, and your company will have an entry in our donor thanks communications. This will reach parents, alumni and others across the Foundation.
We would love you to share in and improve upon our successes and help us to equip this new state-of the-art facility, in order that our girls can utilise the space to its maximum potential, undertake independent personal fitness training around school hours and participate in an even broader range of activities.
We require a vast range of items at all price-levels to fit out the sports centre, meaning that everyone can play a part in contributing to the project, regardless of budget. If you would like to sponsor the purchase of a specific piece of equipment or area within the facility, we would be pleased to discuss naming opportunities for your company.
Loughborough High School
– U14 Hockey and Netball teams are County Champions 2017, qualifying for the national Netball championships.
– U14 Badminton team are County Champions 2017
– U13 Rounders team are County Champions 2017. Junior and Senior Cross Country teams are County Champions 2017
– U12/U13/U14/U16 Football teams are North Leicestershire winners 2017
– U13/U15/U17 Athletics teams are Area Champions 2017
Our Lady’s Convent School
– Table tennis team were North Charnwood winners in Team Leicestershire, and County Finalist 2017
– U13 Netball team were ISA national finalists 2017
– KS4 girls were Charnwood Cheerleading Champions 2016, with KS3 girls coming second
– Y10 Netball team came first in the Charnwood Netball tournament 2014 and 2nd in the league
– Y8s reached the finals of the U13 Regional Netball tournament 2016
– Lucy Jones (OLCS) was U17 County Cross Country Champion 2016; Senior Leicestershire and Rutland Schools CC Champion; U17 Women’s Midland CC Champion, and competed at national level.
– Laura Mullin (LHS) Senior CC Champion; selected for English schools
– Ashleigh Howells and Elizabeth Bedwell (LHS) Y12 and 13 British Schools Orienteering Champions
– Olivia Hackney (LHS) competing at National level in Gymnastics
– Michaela Glenister (LHS) European Youth Champion Swimming …and many more in Athletics, Karate, Triathalon and Dance.
Naming opportunites are available if you wish to purchase a specific item from the equipment list. Please contact us for further information. Single donations can be made by clicking below.
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Payable to: Loughborough Schools Foundation
Sort Code: 60-14-10
Account Number: 89170873
Reference: Your name / Girls Sports Facility Appeal
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Loughborough Schools Foundation
The Development Office Team
Loughborough Schools Foundation, Buckland House, Burton Walks, Loughborough LE11 2DU
Tel. 01509 638920
- £28,000 raised by the LHS PA, OLCS PA, Former Pupils and Staff to buy all the Sports Hall equipment
- £125 from a Former LHS Pupil
- £375 from Dr Julian Murphy for the dumbbell rack in the Fitness Suite
- £30,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation
- £800 from an anonymous donor
- £300 from Richard and Jane Harker for 2 olympic bars