Education – University of Bath Give Their Take on Matrix



The partnership between the University of Bath and Matrix has seen Team Bath access state-of-the-art fitness equipment to enhance their training and enable tomorrow’s Olympians to augment their performance, workout after workout.

Students at the University of Bath have been benefitting from the latest state-of-the-art cardiovascular, strength, resistance, studio and group training equipment to enhance their workouts alongside their intellectual development since the partnership with Matrix began in 2015.

The partnership has gone from strength to strength, seeing Matrix completely redesign and refurbish the sports village to its present state in September 2016. Thanks to the expertise of Matrix’s in-house team of CAD specialists, who painstakingly planned the new layout of the refurbished site, the facility now benefits from the sleek, sophisticated, innovative products specifically designed with a smaller footprint to maximise product offering and ensure ROI.

And it’s due to Matrix’s unwavering commitment to the partnership that Matrix has now secured the next phase of the University’s expansion, equipping the new-build gym extension, currently underway, with functional training rig Connexus and other group training facilities in the pipeline.

On opening the redesigned, reworked gym facility in September 2016, Colin Jackson CBE, Olympic medallist, World, European and Commonwealth Sprint and hurdling champion, and University alumni, said: “I am so jealous of you [students] having this amazing equipment – back in the day I just used to lift dead weights!

“I’m excited because I have seen what Matrix has done in the past – the equipment is really at the top end. They talk to elite-level athletes about the practical side of training, then develop equipment which meets those needs. That also means the general public get a massive benefit too.”

What the partnership delivers…

Miles Peyton, Sales Manager at the University of Bath, said they we were looking for a partnership that was more meaningful than just great fitness equipment from the outset.

“Matrix demonstrated a real desire to work with us, get under our skin and deliver outstanding service whilst providing great added value activities.”

With Team Bath boasting several Olympic hopefuls amongst their student population, Matrix equipment has certainly coped with the demands of elite athletes, whilst providing innovative technology to make sessions more engaging and entertaining for students of all levels and abilities.

Through their enlightening host of connected solutions, Matrix has equipped the University with a bespoke TeamBath Active App, which has been a great tool for students and members to track how busy the gym is, book group exercise classes effortlessly, and tracks their physical activity whilst taking part in fitness challenges.

“It’s also become a powerful tool for us to communicate with our members via push notifications.”

As well as industry-leading training equipment, the University has also benefited from the knowledge and expertise of the specialist Product team at Matrix. Making the most of future equipment innovation and the ongoing piloting of new products ensures the University remains at the forefront of sport and fitness within the education and University sector.

Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “The Matrix equipment is fantastic. This is the only place in Europe you will find some of the equipment; it is absolutely at the leading edge of technology and will be of huge benefit to our students and customers.

“We have a real partnership with Matrix – not only have they supported the gym refurbishment but they are also supporting sporting scholarships for students and the work of our Talent Development Centre.”

“The relationship gives me great confidence for the future of fitness provision at TeamBath knowing that we have Matrix by our side.”

As a supporting sponsor, we can’t wait for the BUCS Conference next week to educate on the Matrix total solutions offering. Click here for more information