Our new Outdoor Fitness Training Permit gives personal trainers and coaches the freedom to move their individual and group sessions outside into our council-managed parks where social distancing is easier.
The permit aims to help people use public open space to its best advantage, empowering them to enjoy and benefit from fitness in the great outdoors while also protecting them from unqualified and uninsured ‘trainers’ using these areas. A permit is required as part of our legal health and safety responsibilities to safeguard people when using our public land in this way.
The permits are free and can be applied for via our website.
“With some people still understandably cautious about returning to inside gyms, our parks are now being used far more for exercise run by professional trainers. But we have a duty of care to the general public to protect them when using our open spaces. This is why the permit is needed,” said Cllr John Kaiser, deputy leader of the council.
“This permit gives personal trainers and coaches a different option of venue for their clients. We’ve an abundance of fantastic parks in our borough which are perfect locations to have fun, get fit, and boost physical and mental wellbeing during these tough times. This being so, we must also make sure it’s safe for everyone.”
The permit covers the following locations:
It does not yet apply to our council-run country parks, nor parks run by town and parish councils.
- Cantley Park, Wokingham
- Bigshotte Park, Wokingham Without
- Keephatch Park, Wokingham
- Sandford Park, Woodley
- Waverley Way, Finchampstead
- Laurel Park, Earley
- Elizabeth Park, Wokingham
- Barkham Recreation Ground, Wokingham
- Chalfont Park, Earley
- Chestnut Park, Wokingham
Personal trainers and coaches wanting a permit must have insurance and public liability up to £10million, a DBS background check (as well as individual checks if working with children and vulnerable adults) and relevant qualifications for their sport such as personal training certification at REPs level 3 or equivalent. These must all be current and last the duration of the permit.
They will also need appropriate risk assessments and first aid plans in place as well as follow current government Covid-19 guidance for their particular activity and for the numbers of people allowed per trainer.
For more details visit our website or for additional questions, email the sports team at: email@example.com