“As you can imagine, COVID-19 is in the news heavily at the moment. As a result, many places are beginning to close and gyms are looking at their procedures carefully. This unfortunately means that we have decided to close the RBC fitness suite to all outside members from today, until further notice. I understand that this will be an inconvenience to current and any future members, but this is protocol and we have been left with little choice. I hope you can understand these measures and of course we will offer an up-date on this situation moving forward.” – Facilities Manager, Mr Rob Cook, Monday 23 March 2020.

Welcome to the new look Reading Blue Coat Fitness Suite. At the beginning of this academic year, RBC partnered up with leading gym equipment specialist, Origin Fitness, to provide new and updated fitness equipment. The RBC fitness suite now boasts a similar offering to most modern gyms of equivalent size, and the space has been transformed! As a result of this revamp, we have made changes to our membership programme and are launching the new RBC Fitness Suite membership scheme; open to all Old Blues, their families, current members of RBC staff and our Sixth Form pupils. We hope to welcome many new members to the Fitness Suite, giving them a chance to access the new and improved gym equipment and facilities Blue Coat can offer.

2019/2020 Opening Times

Monday 18:00 – 21:30
Tuesday 18:00 – 22:00
Wednesday 18:00 – 21:30
Thursday 18:00 – 22:00
Friday 18:00 -21:30
Saturday 09:00 – 18:30
Sunday 09:00 – 19:00


The RBC Fitness Suite is proud to offer:

Impulse RE700 Elliptical Trainer Impulse RT700
Treadmill Origin Cycling OC3 Studio Bike
Origin Half Rack Origin Independent Squat Stand
Origin Coloured Urethane Bumper Plate Set – 110kg (4 x 20kg – 2 x 10kg – 2 x 5kg)
Origin Men’s 20kg – Brushed Steel Finish
Origin Women’s 15kg – Brushed Steel Finish
Origin Dual Adjustable Pulley c/w weight stacks
Impulse IT Chest Press (125kg weight stacks)
Impulse IT Lat Pull/Row (125kg weight stacks)
Full set of Rubber Coated Dumbbells (7.5kg – 25kg)
Full set of Metal Dumbbells (1kg – 10kg)

Along with current RBC staff, Old Blues have the benefit of exclusive use of a fully equipped fitness suite, with brand new up to date fitness equipment.

They have access every evening in the week and all day Saturdays and Sundays. They will continue to be up-dated with all developments associated with the fitness suite and the other RBC facilities available.

Hugely competitive membership rates compared to many fitness suites/gyms of comparable size.

A chance to meet with fellow Old Blues in a comfortable and enjoyable environment, whilst keeping fit, increasing strength and flexibility, and contributing to their positive mental health.

To enquire about memberships, please get in touch with our Sports Facilities Manager, Rob Cook – RDC@rbcs.org.uk

Rules of use

Before using the facility, all users must complete a membership form, a PAR-Q form, paid the membership fee if applicable and received a gym induction from the RBC Sports Facilities Manager.

The gym is a members only facilities. Members must not bring guests who are not members.

Members may only use the fitness suite during the stated opening times in the table above.

Members training alone do so at their own risk and must carry a mobile phone within arm’s reach in order to call for help in an emergency.

All users must complete the user log on every visit (folder on the right as you enter the fitness suite).

Bags must not to be brought into the fitness suite.

Valuables should not be left in the changing rooms. Items left in changing rooms or brought into the gym are done so at your own risk.

RBC Staff may use the staff changing rooms. All other members must use the guest toilet facilities and may not enter pupil or staff changing rooms.

Food is not to be consumed within the fitness suite.  Chewing gum is banned on the School site.

Mobile phones are not to be used in the fitness suite (except in an emergency situation or for music purposes).

Suitable gym attire is to be worn at all times i.e. T shirt/singlet, shorts & training shoes.

All equipment is to be sprayed & wiped down after use.

All equipment is to be used correctly.

All free standing equipment is to be returned to its correct storage location after use.

Personal weight training equipment is not to be brought on site without the express permission of the Sports Facilities Manager.

All defects or breakages are to be reported to the Sports Facilities Manager as soon as is practical.

All users are to behave in a courteous and considerate manner at all times.

Users must turn the lights off when they leave if there is no-one else using the facility.

If users unlock the Sports Centre front door in order to use the gym, they must lock the front door when they leave.

There is no smoking on the RBC site.


There is no drinking water available within the Fitness Suite so users are advised to bring their own bottled water.

Any updates involving the fitness suite access or any other changes planned, will be communicated to all members prior to coming into effect.

RBC EVACUATION PROCEDURES (Old Blues & External Users)

In the event of the fire alarm sounding in the School users are to vacate the building immediately by the nearest safe exit.

The meeting point for fire evacuations is Way Hall Field – during the term time day / Walled Garden – out of hours (18:00 – 21:30)

A member of School Staff will attend to assist you & the fire brigade.

Only the member of Staff or the fire brigade can give the all clear to enter the sports centre again.

In the event of discovering a fire & the alarm not activating – evacuate the building immediately, call the fire brigade (999 or 112), report the exact location of the fire & follow the above procedures.

The Sports Facilities Manager has the right to withdraw access to the Gym from any member who does not abide by the User’s Guide & Code of Conduct

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