The municipality of Oosterzele invested heavily in the gymnasium of the Municipal Institute for Primary Education (GILO) in Oosterzele. This school year, all primary school children and part-time art education (SAMWD) students can play sports and dance on a versatile, resilient and safe sports floor. That change is a big improvement for all users. The gymnastics hall of the municipal school in Oosterzele has many users.
During school hours, the toddlers and students play sports in the gym of the GILO Oosterzele. After school, the dancers of the local branch of the Municipal Academy for Music, Word and Dance receive dance lessons there. It is also the rehearsal room of the local harmony and the practice room of the karate club. But that hall came from a different era and was in urgent need of renovation. The local government approved a thorough renovation. The investment cost the municipality EUR 42,686.
There is now a versatile and resilient sports floor that is extra safe against friction burns. The new LED lighting ensures the right light intensity and is economical in consumption. The old gymnastics equipment has been replaced by modern, flexible ones.
‘The physical education teacher is delighted with this top sports hall’, says director Els François of municipal education. By choosing a multi-purpose floor, the hall is suitable for any sport, dance, but also for our grandparents’ party, for example. I am a satisfied director.
Andy Dhondt, director of part-time art education, adds: ‘The resilient floor will give the dancers and in particular the ballet dancers an extra push to perform jumps and pirouettes, with a minimal risk of injury’. He looks back for a moment at the end of the eighties: ‘When I was in first grade, the gym had just been renovated. Now, almost 35 years later, I can experience the metamorphosis again!’ Pieterjan Keymeulen, alderman for part-time education, saw that it was good: ‘The renovation is a win-win situation for everyone. That’s what we do it for as a board.’
(mvdv, GILO’s photo, etc.)