Archive for the ‘School Sports Equipment’ Category


Blog Inside Basketball
After over a decade of supplying and fitting indoor basketball units for Irish schools, GAA clubs and community centres, these units can be broadly broken down into two principal categories; Main and Practice basketball units.

Main Basketball Units.

These basketball units are usually found on either end of a sports hall and will facilitate competitive basketball matches.

1. Motorised ceiling mounted basketball units.

Dept. of Education specification (PE/594/31) with 1800mm x 1050mm Perspex boards, safety padding, spring loaded rings and brake cable safety devices.
This basketball option facilitates National League competitive basketball games and will retract back towards the ceiling when out of play. Most schools and community centres we have dealt with over the years would ideally prefer this option.
Ceiling Mtd Basketball

2. Main wall mounted units with Perspex backboards & spring loaded rings.

Main wall mounted side folding 1.75m up to 3.75m, 1800mm x 1050mm Perspex boards, safety padding and spring loaded rings.
When the ceiling mounted basketball option is not possible because of the sports hall structure/design or budget constraints we have installed these basketball units for a number of venues. National League basketball matches can be played using this specification.
Main basketball with Perspex


3. Main wall mounted side folding units with timber backboards.

Main wall mounted side folding units 1.75m up to 3.75m with 1800mm x 1050 timber backboards.
Schools & sports venues on a tighter budget maybe wish to forgo the Perspex backboards and break away rings while still being able to play competitive basketball matches. This indoor option however is not to National League standards.
Wall Mtd Side Folding with timber 1

Practice Basketball Units.

These units’ backboards are always the smaller 1200mm x 900mm and will be found on a sports halls side walls. There are normally four units in each sports hall for players to practice and hone their basketball skills.

 1. Practice side folding goals

Wall mounted practice side folding goals with up to 1.5m extensions and standard indoor basketball backboard, 1200mm x 900mm.
These types of practice units with extensions of up to 1.5m from the wall allow players to practice their run up techniques. The units fold away either vertically or horizontally when not in use. They can also be fitted with height adjusters as an optional extra.
Practice side folding basketball

2. Practice fixed goals

Wall mounted practice side fixed goals with up to 1.5m extensions and standard indoor basketball backboard, 1200mm x 900mm.
Again these types of practice units with extensions of up to 1.5m from the wall allow players to practice their run up techniques but remain in a fixed position from the wall. The height adjustor optional extra is again available for this indoor practice option.

Practice fixed basketball
3. Flat Fixed Basketball Practice Goals.

Standard indoor basketball backboard, 1200mm x 900mm, timber battens to suit.

This practice basketball option is chosen when budgets are tightest but a school or sports facility still wants its players to practice their basketball skills. As there are no wall extensions, players can’t practice their run up techniques.
Practice flat fixed basketball


Click for related products.

Basketball line marking                     Outdoor basketball units.

Indoor Linemarking Sports FloorOutdoor Baskeball Units


Contact Fitness Functions.

Contact Fitness Functions.

If you require more detailed indoor basketball information or pricing please do not hesitate to contact us, email our marketing manager;, visit our website or low call us on 1890-252-856. We look forward to hearing from you.

, , , , , ,


School Gym Mats

PE/10 Gymnastic Mats.

The first item on the Department of Education list for secondary schools sports hall tender packages is gymnastics mats.
There are two gym mats currently recommended by the Department of Education for PE general exercises; the PE10A Horizontal Gym Mat and the PE10B Lightweight Vertical Gym Mat.

A.) Horizontal Storage type Flame Retardant Gymnastic Mat.

1830 mm x 1220 mm x 25 mm to comply with EN 12503 with particular reference to regulations concerning:

  • A) classification & intended use
  •  B) flame retardancy

4.5 kg (10 lbs) density reconstituted chipfoam. Bonded cover. Anti-slip base. Horizontal storage recommended.


B.) Lightweight Flame Retardant Gymnastic Mats.

1830 mm x 1220 mm x 32 mm to comply with standard, specification & flame retardancy as above. Anti-slip base. Designed for vertical storage. This gym mat is slightly more costly than the standard school gym mat.

PE/11 Mat Trolleys

To complement the choice of mats choosen there are two mats trolleys.

1. Horizontal Mat Trolley.

  • For Horizontal Storage type Flame Retardant Gymnastic Mat.
  • Flat bed type. Suitable for transporting 20 gymnastic mats (PE594/10A).
  • Six Non-marking 100 mm x 25 mm ball rack mounted swivel castors.
  • Tubular steel construction with pulling handle.
  • Framework finished with epoxy powder coated paint.


2. Vertical Mat Trolley.

  • For Lightweight Flame Retardant Gymnastic Mat.
  • Tubular steel construction c/w side frames and pulling handle.
  • Accepts 10 lightweight mats (PE594/10B).
  • Four Non-marking 100 mm x 25 mm ball rack mounted swivel castors.
  • Brakes on castors on 2 diagonally opposite corners.
  • Framework finished with epoxy powder coated paint.

Contact us / Pricing.

If you have any queries or questions regarding which gym mats or which mat trolleys are best for your school don’t hesitate to email, Lo-call 1890-252-856 or visit our website

- See more at:

, , , ,


School Sports Equipment – Department of Education Standards.

We have been manfacturing suppying sports equipment that meets the Irish Department of Education standards and specifications for almost ten years.

We intend to post a grouping of the main sports items fom the 3 main School Sports packages on a frequent basis. We’ll include a brief description, some images and relavant links.department of Education

The main Department of Education school sports equipment packages in Ireland are:


406 – indoor sports package

594 – indoor sports package

Outdoor sports package

Contact Fitness Functions.

If you require additional information or if you would like Fitness Functions to visit your school sports hall, please do not hesitate to contact us. Email our digital marketing manager; or visit our website.

- See more at:

, ,


Outdoor Sports Equipment Brochure.


We have just finished putting together our customised 11 page Outdoor Sports Equipment Brochure. It’s ideal for Irish School & Sports Clubs.

This concise brochure features our main outdoor products all of which we can and do install in Irish School & Sports Club yards and outdoor areas.

The vast majority of this sports equipment is manufactured at our facilities in Tullow, Co. Carlow which means if our sports equipment customers have special requests we are able to facilitate them.

Should you wish to instantly download a free Outdoor Sports Equipment Brochure, just click  download.

This Outdoor Brochure features:

  1. Outdoor Basketball (Department of Education Specifications) Click to View Outdoor Basketball Set
  2. Goalposts (GAA, Rugby, Football)
  3. GAA Equipment (Hurleys, Helmets, Gaelic Football, ball stop netting)
  4. Volleyball Posts. (details on sockets, caps, uprights & nets)
  5. Sports Safety Padding. (Bespoke padding solutions)
  6. Tennis Posts. (details on sockets, caps, uprights & nets)
  7. Playground Markings. (Most popular markings, hopscotch, snakes & ladders and activity trails)

If you should require any further marketing information on any of our Sports Equipment, please do not hesitate to contact me ( or lo-call 1890-252-856)

, , , , ,


Irish Schools Sports Equipment.

In a heading, that’s exactly what Fitness Functions do; ‘Irish School Sports Equipment.’ Every so often we’re asked what we do and who we are. Well we’re based in Tullow, Co. Carlow.

We manufacture, supply and even install sports equipment in Ireland, principally for the school sports market but also sports halls & clubs, GAA clubs and community centres. We have been doing this for just about 10 years now. We’re sports equipment specialists.

Our “What We Do” brochure outlines in more detail and clearly what we offer our customers which they choose to receive by either post or email.

Overview of 'Fitness Functions'

‘Click’ image to request ‘What We Do Brochure’ >>


We specialise in the Supply of:

Our Sports Installation service:

Our ‘What We Do’ brochure. (Click to enlarge pages)

If you should require any pricing or information on our products please do not hesitate to contact our offices on Lo-Call 1890 252 856 or email Thanks for your time!

, , ,


Schools Outdoor Basketball & Goalpost Leaflet.

Recently we posted our Outdoor Basketball & ‘Goals for every game‘ flyer to Irish schools. We manufacture Outdoor Basketball to Department of Education specifications & can also supply the appropriate safety padding. All relevant standards are adhered to when manufacturing our Goalposts which come in a range of sizes, made from either steel or aluminium. We produce goalposts for all sports but mainly GAA, football and rugby.


If you haven’t received this leaflet and would like one either posted or emailed in a high quality version please contact us; lo-call 1890-252-856 or email


, , , ,


Our Goalposts – A Goal for Every Game.

Fitness Functions manufacture and supply quality goalposts from our facilities in Co. Carlow. Irish Schools, universities, GAA, Football and Rugby clubs make up the majority of our customers.

Our goalposts are supplied in either steel or aluminium as either fixed or portable units. All our goals come in a varying sizes (see below) ensuring that our customers will find a goal that suits there sports requirements and budget. We also provide a goalpost installation service, if required.

Click to Download an Outdoor Brochure

GAA Goalposts.

- Club Level (6.5 x 2.44 m)
- Schools (4.57 x 2.13 m)
- Juvenille (3.05 x 1.83 m)

Football Goalposts.

- Full size (7.32 x 2.44m)
- 7 a side (4.88 x1.83m)
- 5 a side (3.66 x1.22)

Rugby Goalposts.

- Club (10 x 5.6m)
- Schools (7.3 x 5.6m)


Goalpost Accessories.

We can also supply a range of goalpost accessories such as safety padding, balance weights, ball stop netting and team shelters.



Contact Fitness Functions:

For more (postal or digital) marketing information on our Goalposts please contact Niall Clancy;


Outdoor Basketball Safety Padding – Free.

Fitness Functions are offering a free set of Outdoor Basketball Safety Padding (worth €230) on all Outdoor Basketball sets ordered from now until 30th November. This basketball safety padding is specifically made for Department of Education Outdoor Basketball sets. These basketball units are ideally suited to Irish schools & sports clubs.

Claiming your free Outdoor Basketball Padding?

To avail of this offer simply mention/reference ‘Blog Basketball Padding Offer’ when ordering, email

Department of Education Outdoor Basketball Sets comprise of the following:

  1. Fully galvansied basketball poles & arms.
  2. Outdoor weather proof basketball backboards.
  3. Basketball hoops to EN standard.
  4. Basketball ground sockets.

- Click to view Outdoor Basketball Set-

(To see full Department of Education outdoor basketball specifications, click outdoor basketball specifications)


, , ,

Overview of 'Fitness Functions'

Sports Equipment Supply and Installation – It’s what we do.


We have dealt with various Irish schools, sports centres, teachers, sports managers, architects and builders over a number of years supplying and/or installing differing types of sports equipment. Our customers have enquired on a number of occasions what exactly do we do in the sports game? Recently we created a “What We Do” 6 page brochure, just email post or email you one. This brochure is image based and gives an introduction to the services and sport ranges we provide.

Fitness Functions is best described under 3 headings:

1. Sports Equipment Supply

Our Sports Equipment Catalogue covers most school & sports clubs commercial sports ‘reoccurring’ requirements. All sports products have images and descriptions so you can be sure what you’re purchasing.

2. Sports Equipment Installation.

Our team of installers apply and install items such as Playground Markings, Sports Hall equipment (Basketball Units, Scoreboards etc) and Outdoor Sports Equipment.

3. Manufacture / Supply & Install Specialist sports equipment.

We manufacture certain sports products, as required, to Department of Education standards and specifications, items such as Outdoor Basketball and Volleyball posts. We also provide top international sports equipment for volleyball, gymnastic and athletics.

All of these areas are covered in the “What We Do” brochure, it’s a great starting point if you’re wondering if Fitness Functions could be of service to you. Should you require any more marketing information please contact our Marketing Manager, Niall Clancy;

, , ,



The Physcial Education Association of Ireland (PEAI) have issued guidelines for post primary teachers regarding the PE grants announced by the Department of Education & Skills.  An Tanaiste, Mary Coughlan, TD announced €7.8m distributed to post primary schools throughtout the country. Below, please see the PEAI suggestions on how post primary PE teachers could best spend their PE grants.

PEAI Guidelines in relation to use of Physical Education Grant (Nov 2010) 

PE teachers should consult with senior management with regards to the allocation of funds for various items of equipment and resources to support teaching and learning in Physical Education, as they may be required to account for the appropriate use of these grants in the future.

It would be preferable for PE departments to invest in equipment and resources that will be available for several years. The purpose of the grant is to ensure PE departments are better placed to deliver quality programmes. Some suggestions include:

  • Capital Equipment
  1. Goal Posts
  2. Gymnastic equipment (mats, benches, boxes)
  3. Dividing curtains
  4. Whiteboards
  5. Hard Court Floor Markings
  6. Resistance & Cardiovascular Endurance equipment (weights, treadmills, rowing machines, etc)
  7. Activity specific equipment (e.g. orienteering controls; mapping of the school grounds, tents etc)
  • Physiological Equipment for integration in classes
  1. Heart-rate monitors
  2. Pedometers
  3. Fitness testing equipment;
  • Educational Software
  • Reference & Resource Textbooks (posters, activity specific taskcards)  


Schools should avoid using this grant to offset expenses in the areas of repairs and refurbishments, which should be applied for under the summer works scheme or through the school’s general maintenance budget.

Schools will also be receiving a significant ICT grant to upgrade the availability of equipment and infrastructure in this area. This provides an opportunity for Physical Education departments to also avail of discounted ICT equipment specifically to promote the integration of ICT into teaching and learning.

ICT equipment such as the following may be purchased through the ICT grant

  • HD Digital Video Cameras
  • Data-Projectors;
  • Laptops/netbooks with video editing software,


Use of this ICT grant for such items will provide an even larger allocation of funds to the PE department overall. Please consult with your principal or school ICT coordinator regarding the ICT grant.

, , ,