EFM Health Club at Templestowe College

EFMPurpose:
To connect schools and industry in a sustainable, long-term partnership.

Partnership Members:
• Templestowe College
• EFM Health Club

Context and Goals
EFM Health Club operates over 20 health and fitness clubs located onsite at schools. Within these clubs, host schools have access to all resources during school hours. Fitness programs are run after hours for the broader school and local community.

The Partnership’s Approach
In 2010 Gateway LLEN arranged a tour of EFM Health Club Ferntree Gully (St. Josephs College) for the leadership team from Templestowe College, so that they could see how the centre operates within a school and assess the advantages to students and the greater school community.
Templestowe College was keen to utilise the vacant space in the Mezzanine level of the Sports Centre, and the EFM Health Club was accessible to the school for student use throughout school hours.
EFM Health Club Templestowe became operative in June 2011 and since it opened, over 60 students in year levels 8-11 have used the opportunity to take part in fitness electives offered as part of the learning curriculum.

“The moans and groans are vanishing as fitness levels are improving! Students love the variety of the equipment, weights and tasks and the expert knowledge of Steve Condidorio as he explains the purpose and technique of the activity. This elective will expand in 2012-13 and we hope to cater for students from Years 7-12.”
Peter Hutton, Principal, Templestowe College.

Benefits
• Increased funding received through leasing of space to EFM Health Club
• School access to state of the art equipment & facilities as part of the Physical Education program, available to students in years 8 – 12
• Reduced cost of community membership available for students, staff and families of Templestowe College

Next Steps
The partnership between Templestowe College and EFM Health Club is now embedded in Templestowe College’s strategic plan. Membership continues to grow as does student patronage, both in curriculum-based activity and external use.

Other regular users of the facility are the Victorian Certificate of Education Unit 2 Physical Education class, in training for the 5-kilometre component of the Melbourne Marathon and a Monday lunchtime session open to all interested students. Both of these sessions are run by Mr Jamie Lyngcoln, one of the Physical Education teachers who is also a qualified gym instructor.

Support from the Partnership Broker
Having met with the leadership team at Templestowe College to explore ways in which the school could increase funding and student opportunities using existing resources, Gateway LLEN identified a partnership opportunity with EFM Health Club. Gateway LLEN then arranged for the school to tour a long-standing EFM Health Club located at another secondary college. Templestowe College were invited to discuss the logistics of the partnership with other schools and Gateway LLEN then brokered a meeting between EFM Health Club and Templestowe College.

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