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Sport on the roof
Health clinic in Stuttgart-Feuerback and the school, Kleinfeldschule, in Germering.
“Now that you mention it, I’ve just noticed we’re on the roof...!” said tennis professional Simon Greul as he arrived atop the Rehamed (Health Clinic) in Stuttgart-Feuerbach for fitness training. He plays for Aachen tennis club in the German Premier League, lives in greater Stuttgart and his medical and physiotherapy needs are attended to in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. And when he’s in Feuerbach, he carries out his specialised training under the guidance and careful eye of his doctor on the roof of the fitness centre. Here there is a running track on a low-maintenance, green roof with a view of other rooftops. With simple means, a veritable oasis for insects was created as well as a very useful area for people, all out of what is a roof area which is not used regularly. For Simon Greul it was so matter-of-course and the (green) roof so well realised that he didn’t even notice he was training on the roof.
The Kleinfeldschule in the Munich suburb of Germering made the best out of their lack of space and integrated a five lane 50-metre sprint track on the roof of the gymnasium. The sprint track with its eye-catching blue Tartan track (artificial running track) is surrounded by an extensive green area and sedum herb grass vegetation. The pupils can only access the running track and can do so only when supervised by teachers. Otherwise, there are fences in place to prevent access to the roof area outside of physical education lessons. The running track is used regularly during the warmer summer months for sports lessons. If the roof area had remained unused, the planners would have had to reduce the size of the valuable playground area in the outdoor grounds dedicated to the children during their breaks.
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