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In an era of shrinking budgets, school administrators shouldn’t neglect the revenue possibilities from turning a gymnasium into a multi-use facility. By specifying the right gym equipment, you can maximize the use of your space and host more events, creating an additional revenue stream.

Here are five pieces of gym equipment that can make money for your school:

Mat lifters/folding backstops
If you want to make your gym a multi-use facility, the first thing to do is open up more space. Folding basketball backstops can be winched up out of the way, getting them above the line of sight and creating room for other sports. Mat lifters can also be used to get rolled up wrestling mats up and out of the way, releasing valuable floor space.

Graphic wall pads
Wall pads exist primarily for safety, but they can also contribute to the bottom line. Set up long term sponsorships with local businesses and donors in return for printing their logos on a wall pad. Another idea is to hold a community contest to design the graphic for one or more wall pads. Charge for entries. The winning design can be custom printed on a new wall pad by Draper.

Gym dividers
The ability to host multiple events helps you get the most out of a facility. By using one or more divider curtains, you can make one large space into two or more smaller areas. This allows you to host more than one event at a time. You can also host sporting tournaments that require simultaneous games.

Volleyball equipment
Hosting volleyball events is another way to increase your revenue stream. When no volleyball is scheduled, the posts and nets go into storage while the floor sleeves are hidden away beneath cover plates. With adjustable height posts you can host multiple net sports for different age groups.

You can also choose an OVS ceiling-suspended volleyball system that lowers from the ceiling and can be made ready to play in a matter of seconds. The fast set-up of this system allows you to go from another event to volleyball very quickly, maximizing the number of events in your space.

Height adjusters
The specification of basketball height adjusters allows you to use the facility for youth as well as adult competition and instruction. Height adjusters, which can be manual or motorized, let you adjust the level of the goal from 10 feet down to eight. We recommend using height adjusters on side and practice courts, and not on competition courts used for high schools, colleges, and above.

To learn more about the products mentioned above, click here to visit the gym equipment section of our website. You can also click here to contact our gym equipment sales team for more ideas for your multi-use facility.

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