Graham Ross, Secretary of the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association, writes about some new fitness equipment that has been installed in his county.
Churchdown has become the latest place to join the Outdoor Gym Revolution with the installation of fitness equipment at one of its sites.
Members of Churchdown Parish Council and local residents braved a cold day in February to try out the newly installed outdoor exercise equipment at Tudor Mead field off Brandon Close on the Highgrove Estate, Churchdown.
The 7-piece ‘cardio blast’ circuit comprises hurdles, monkey bars, balance beams, parallel bars, a skier, space walker and leg press. The equipment, which cost just over £16,000, was supplied and installed by Wicksteed Leisure. The project was principally funded by the Parish Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council, together with £1,000 each from Gloucestershire Playing Field Association and Gloucestershire County Council’s Active Together Grant scheme.
The Parish Council hopes that all local residents will take advantage of this free outdoor gym to improve their fitness and well-being. It can be used in all weathers and for fitness or fun, by all ages.
Churchdown Parish Council’s Chairman, Cllr Bill Whelan said “This shows what can been done by working together with our partners to obtain funding, and helping the whole community to get fit with some gentle exercise and most of all meeting other likeminded people of all ages”.
In the last few years a number of the members of Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association have installed Adult Outdoor Fitness Equipment on their playing fields or as part of a playground. At Dursley War Memorial Recreation Ground 15 pieces of equipment have been installed around the edge of the field. At the Marling Close Field in Kings Stanley there is an 11 piece gym and there have also been new gyms installed at Nailsworth and Eastington.
So if you are based in Gloucestershire and thinking of getting an outdoor gym for your area it is well worth looking at these existing sites. Also remember that Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association can help with technical and funding advice and as was the case with Churchdown you can access the GPFA Grants and Loans Scheme.
If you are based outside Gloucestershire and need help or advice, look for your nearest County Playing Field Association or contact the Playing Field editor.