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Project information

The Outdoor Gym and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

The Orpheus Centre plans to create an outdoor gym and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) for our young disabled students. The centre does not have any sports facilities at present. The facility will give our students the opportunity to keep active and will benefit their emotional and mental wellbeing.

Approx 8 weeks once we have all the funds

Charity information: The Orpheus Centre

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  • Need


    Our students present with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, visual and hearing impairments and Down's Syndrome. They all face significant physical or cognitive challenges. It is important for all people, including those with a disability, to try and maintain an exercise regime suited to their needs. The students are keen to have somewhere to play games like football, wheelchair basketball and to keep fit and healthy but currently we have no facilities to enable this to happen.


    All students (and staff) will have daily access to a gym and games area. This will enable them to see improvements in their physical fitness and wellbeing, strength and stamina; this is particularly important to our wheelchair users. We will open up the facility to alumni and other disabled people living locally so that they might benefit from access to inclusive sports.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    improved stamina, muscle strength and wellbeing


    » Students will access the gym/MUGA for one hour each lunchtime and one hour each evening
    » A minimum of 9 hours of extracurricular enrichment sports activities will be delivered each week
    » We will employ a sports coach to work with our students (and staff) to devise and deliver exercise programmes and monitor progress
    » Students and staff will be able to use the gym in their own time; this will be logged by our domiciliary care staff.

    What success will look like

    All users will see improvements to their physical fitness and well being , will be stronger and have more stamina.

  • Impact


    We hope to invite other community groups to use the facility and intend to liaise with Active Surrey who work with groups such as ours to provide physical activity opportunities for disabled people. We would also like to open the outdoor gym once a week to local people with a disability

    Students staff and community users will demonstrate their satisfaction with the sports facilities and support on offer in an annual survey


    The risk of doing nothing is that we will not be able to provide physical activity to our students that have this requirement in their education and healthcare plans
    To avoid hazard and injury, all equipment will be installed by trained staff and comply with the highest British and European safety standards. Equipment will have clear signage with large easy to read fonts and graphics. We will employ a sports coach and train our staff to assist the students.


    Donors will be invited to an opening ceremony and will receive photographs and a written report on the use of the facility. Corporations and Foundations will received reports within 6 or 12 months, in accordance with their reporting requirements.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £211,753

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      Amount Heading Description
      £63,252 Gym equipment Physical equipment for outdoor gym
      £66,684 groundworks and surfacing groundworks, supply of tarmac, new carpark and linking pathway safe surface to area
      £1,485 delivery costs of delivery to site
      £12,093 intall and maintain installation and mainenance
      £18,928 sports coach salary and on costs
      £21,742 MUGA supply and installation of multi use games area
      £1,714 accessories water fountain, sound system and wooden benches
      £25,855 misc project managment and administration
  • Background


    The Gym and Muga will be situated at the Orpheus Centre which is located in Godstone, Surrey. The centre was founded in 1998 by Sir Richard Stilgoe who saw a gap in the market for young disabled adults who share his passion for music and performing arts. Orpheus students are aged 18-25 and have learning and/or physical impairments. The students have performed at Buckingham Palace, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury and the Paralympics


    Young disabled adults attending the Orpheus Centre, staff at the centre, Orpheus alumni and and other members of the local community with disabilities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the past 19 years. Orpheus has transformed the lives of hundreds of young people and their families. We have a reputation of innovative and expert leaders in disability arts. Our ethos has so engaged and inspired visitors to the college that we benefit from a steady stream of help from arts professionals, tutors, support staff and volunteers. We are the only centre of its kind that offers education, housing and domicilliary care in the same place.

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    Lynn Reddick

    Lynn is our head of learning and will be the line manager for our sports coach

    Sports Coach

    We intend to employ a coach to teach our students how to use the facility, to establish individual exercise programmes and to monitor progress

I would like a MUGA at Orpheus and to have the opportunity to take part in power chair football and wheelchair basketball

Tyler - 2nd year Orpheus student