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fi tness
Southwark Council, London
Supplier: The Great
Outdoor Gym Company
Cost: £20,000
Location: Peckham Rye Park in
Southwark, London, situated near a ACTIVE LEARNING
skate park and children’s playground
Installation date: March 2009 Client: Harrington Hill Primary workout, including the cross-rider, air
Description: Aimed at providing School in Hackney, east London walker and body twist. Motivated by
all ages of the community with free Supplier: Caloo Change4Life, the government’s public
access to modern fitness facilities, Cost: Approximately £10,000 health initiative, and a visit to China
the unsupervised Peckham Rye Park Location: School playground where outdoor gyms originated, the
Green Legacy Gym comprises 15 Installation date: January 2009 school decided to install the kit to
stations including a double-station Description: The school purchased encourage children and staff to
cross-trainer, a fitness bike, a ski Caloo’s powder-coated steel Workout develop and maintain active lifestyles
machine, a double-station leg press Bundle, comprising eight stations of kit during and outside school hours.
and a chest press, pull-up bars, dip offering a low impact cardiovascular Details:
bars and an abdominal bench. Each
piece of kit is has step-by-step
instructions and diagrams for use.
In addition to the
physical benefi ts, the
Client: NHS Camden and the
London Borough of Camden
BMF programme
Supplier: The Great Outdoor
Gym Company in partnership with
has provided users Park Leisure and The Armoury
Health Club in Hampstead, London
with a new focus, – part of charitable sports trust
Jubilee Hall Clubs.
helping to reduce
Cost: The trust is covering the cost
Units include instructions for use
anti-social behaviour
of instructors for the first three
months, but hopes to gain a £10,000
grant through the National Lottery’s
Awards for All scheme to extend
REHABILITATION the trial for 12 more months.
Client: Westminster City Council and King George’s Hostel in Victoria, London, Location: Lismore Circus in
with support from Hungerford Turning Point drugs service Gospel Oak, north London
Activity provider: British Military Installation date: July 2009
Fitness (Community Division) Description: The London
Cost: Free – BMF runs the scheme Borough of Camden installed eight
on a not-for-profit basis outdoor gyms, funded by a PCT,
Location: Sessions are conducted in and has called upon Jubliee Hall
Hyde Park, London Clubs, as well as local operators
Start date: The programme was Greenwich Leisure, Central YMCA
piloted from April–May 2008 and has and Camden Active, to staff six of
continued twice a week ever since. Its the eight gyms to encourage usage.
success has led to BMF signing a Jubilee Hall Clubs runs three
similar contract with London’s Apart from the physical benefi ts, sessions a week – an outdoor
Genesis Housing Group. the programme has provided workout class, a junior circuit and a
Description: BMF provides one- participants with a new focus and senior circuit – and the PCT is
hour supervised exercise sessions to structure to their day, helping to monitoring the results to see if
hostel residents wanting to reduce reduce anti-social behaviour and make participation is higher than at the
their drug use. Activities include lifestyle changes. Two participants two unsupervised sites.
individual and group exercise and have recently completed their fi rst On-site services include drop-in
circuit training, supplemented with 10km race, while others have started gym inductions, help and advice
running and gym sessions, as well as college courses or been re-settled with exercise programmes at
advice on nutrition and relaxation in their own accommodation. BMF set times, and supervised classes
organised by the Hungerford Drug is currently in talks with council- conducted in the 18-station gym.
Project. Classes cater for six to 12 operated leisure centres to offer
participants, and there are always two outdoor training sessions as an
BMF fitness instructors on site. alternative form of group exercise. caroline wilkinson
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