QEHS Rowing Club take delivery of donation from Matfen Hall

QEHS Rowing Club benefit after Matfen Hall community fitness challenge

The training efforts of the Queen Elizabeth High School (QEHS) Rowing Club received a boost this week after members took delivery of some new equipment, courtesy of Matfen Hall Hotel’s Aqua Vitae health club.

Earlier this year, young rowers at the Club took part a community fitness challenge – the Let’s Move for a Better World campaign took place in March 2019 and was an international initiative encouraging people to donate their physical activity for a common good in their local community.

Spearheaded by premier fitness brand, Technogym, the campaign was designed to inspire health club members, their friends, family and fellow citizens to get moving and compete in a nationwide challenge.

The campaign coincided with the unveiling of our £200,000 gym refurbishment and saw a members of Aqua Vitae join soldiers from neighbouring Albemarle Barracks, Northumbria police officers, BBC Look North presenter, Carol Malia and school children from QEHS’s rowing club in working up a sweat to try and generate enough activity to win of Technogym equipment for the school.

This week, staff from Matfen Hall, Laura Graham and Markus Notly met up with around 100 of the youngsters who had taken part in the challenge to hand over a selection of fitness equipment, which included a speed ladder, resistance bands and a foam roller.

The Let#s Move for a Better World campaign at Matfen Hall

The Let’s Move for a Better World campaign at Matfen Hall

Geoff Higgins is the lead coach of QEHS School Rowing Club and brought a minibus full of young rowers between the ages of 13 and 19 to the Hotel at regular intervals during the three-week campaign.

He said: “It was a great thing to get involved with and around 75 of our members took part. We’ll certainly make use of the equipment which was donated – it will allow us to have an extra two stations when we’re doing circuit training.”

As well as the new Technogym equipment, the QEHS Rowing Club also benefitted from the gym refurbishment at Matfen, to the tune of two Concept rowing machines, which were no longer needed.

Geoff added: “They were very gratefully received. I refurbished them and they’ve been very well used already up at the High School. We currently have 130 members, which is almost double what we had this time last year, so the donation has been very useful!”

Carole Crowe, manager of Aqua Vitae, said: “The Let’s Move campaign was a brilliant for our members, guests and visitors to inject an extra purpose into their workouts!

“We were delighted to be able to offer the QEHS Rowing Club the equipment from Technogym which was the result of the wonderful effort we saw from everyone throughout the campaign.

“We were thrilled with the response from our members as well as all the community groups who got involved with the challenge and are pleased all their hard work paid off.”