Engage teens and tweens in play

Secondary Schools

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High school and secondary playground equipment

"We don't play anymore!" is a common refrain we hear from high school students. However, we understand that play takes on a different form for older children, and all it requires is a well-suited high school playground and sports equipment to engage them in active pursuits during their school years.

With half a century dedicated to crafting playgrounds for secondary schools and delving into the realm of children's play, we've accumulated a unique insight into the world of tweens. Our designs for tween play and sports equipment are a testament to this knowledge.

Our secondary school playground equipment caters to older students, offering dynamic spaces for both girls and boys who may have outgrown traditional playground structures but still seek places to socialise and channel their energy. It stands as a pillar of support for the holistic well-being, educational growth, and social inclusion of teenagers, regardless of their level of interest in play or sports. Importantly, it ensures a safe environment for them on the playground, without compromising the comfort and activities of younger children.

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Best playground equipment for secondary schools

Selecting the right playground equipment for your high school can significantly enhance the engagement of students during their recess periods. Here are six key categories of secondary school playground equipment that create an enjoyable and stimulating schoolyard experience:

  1. Teenage Play Structures: Consider options such as the captivating GALAXY™ climbing structures and innovative climbing walls to inspire active exploration.

  2. Challenging Playground Structures: Opt for engaging rope playground towers or a play system that challenges students.

  3. Dedicated Sports Areas: Elevate team spirit with Multi Use Games Areas designed to promote collaborative play and healthy competition. Learn how to build a MUGA here.

  4. Dedicated Gym Areas: Enhance physical fitness opportunities with gym structures, including Ninja Warrior playgrounds, obstacle course equipment or calisthenics outdoor gyms that promote wellness among students.

  5. Playground Carousels or Swings: Enliven the playground with spinners, carousels or innovative swing designs that offer a unique play experience.

  6. Hangout Areas: Create inviting hangout zones separate from the main playground, providing students with designated spaces for relaxation and socialisation within the school grounds.

"If I were to give a tip to other schools looking to create an exercise-friendly environment, it would be to involve students in the process [...] As adults, we have a lot of ideas about what the area should look like, but you want to know what the kids want"

Antoin Hoovers, PE Teacher, Segbroek College

Tips to increase tweens physical activity from the KOMPAN Play Institute

Globally, just 23% of 11 to 17-year-olds manage to meet the minimal guidelines for physical activity. This is a concerning statistic, given that tweens and teens consistently express their fondness for play and outdoor recreational spaces, provided these areas are thoughtfully designed to cater to their needs, not solely those of younger children. For in-depth insights into the affection tweens hold for playgrounds, delve into the latest research findings available at the KOMPAN Play Institute.

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