27 Nov 2015

New facilities boost opportunities for students

This academic year Askham Bryan College has invested in new facilities in two key subject areas, Sport and Science, with the introduction of a new gym and the re-vamping of two science labs.

ABC gymThe new gym facilities include a TRX system, static weights, free weights and cardiovascular machines which include a cross trainer, rowing machine and treadmills. There is also an Astroturf surface, which is utilised for footwork drills to increase speed, quickness and agility within sport. The gym will primarily be utilised by students studying Adventure Sport, Sport and Uniformed Public Services courses. Numerous modules within these courses are assessed in the gym; including fitness instructing, programming and testing, sports leadership and coaching as part of their practical assessments. Students at the College are also able to join the gym, which is open from 8am – 10pm, for a small annual membership fee.

ABC new gym

In addition to this two of the College’s science labs have undergone extensive refurbishment, with a matched bid from the FCE, who offer Higher Education grants for STEM subject areas. Classroom SC4 is now dedicated to human anatomy, and utilised by Sports students, while classroom SC5 is an animal anatomy facility, focussing on dissection. These renovations intend to encourage Higher Education students to use science within their studies, something which is a common strand across the land-based subjects found across the College. The regeneration of the classrooms will give students a better working environment, with the layout of work benches designed specifically to enhance group work and encourage better interaction in class.