Charity gives residents the chance to get fit for the Olympics and beyond

In this year of Olympic sport, 10 communities across the UK have had an innovative and accessible outdoor gym installed in their local park, thanks to national charity Fields in Trust and WREN.

Lucky residents of Workington, Chester, Penistone, Llandeilo, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Rhyl, Wishaw and Warrington will be able to build on the inspiration of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games with free, 24 hour access to fresh air fitness.  

The gyms incorporate a range of traditional gym equipment such as exercise bikes, weights and cross trainers specially adapted for outdoor use and are funded through a partnership between Fields in Trust and WREN. The location of every gym has been protected forever by Fields in Trust, ensuring that the local residents will always be able to enjoy their outdoor gym and its environs.
 
WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to the Landfill Communities Fund. 
Providing access to free opportunities to participate in physical activity is an important step in continuing to address these health issues in a society where obesity is an increasing concern; and with the economic downturn biting, outdoor gyms provide a welcome free resource.  
 
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust said: ‘Outdoor gyms are a great way for everyone to be able to participate in exercise and reap the rewards of improved physical and mental health. We’re delighted to be installing these facilities across the UK, and on sites that have been protected in perpetuity.’ 
 
Peter Cox, Managing Director of WREN said: ‘WREN is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families. The outdoor gyms will provide residents with a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and have some fun while exercising. We’re delighted to have supported Fields in Trust in making this happen in 2012.’ 
 
WREN’s funding comes from its partner WRG, which donates funds as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund. 
 
Mike Snell, external affairs manager at WRG said: ‘The funding for the FIT Zones which has been awarded by WREN will create a real hub for the local community to come together. It’s a brilliant facility and we hope the communities involved enjoy it for years to come.’ 
 
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For further information please contact Helen Griffiths, Director of Communications on helen.griffiths@fieldsintrust.org 
 
Notes to editors:
Fields in Trust is the operating name of the National Playing Fields Association. 
 Fields in Trust is a national charity founded in 1925. We work to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK. 
 We currently protect 1362 fields totalling 8586 acres. 
 The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces by the end of 2012 to build a legacy from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. 
The Duke of Cambridge is Patron of the Challenge.
Queen Elizabeth II Field status protects green sites for perpetuity, ensuring communities and future generations will always have access to them. 
The Challenge builds on the work that Fields in Trust has done so far. Established in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association, Fields in Trust works to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK.  They currently protect 1362 fields totalling 8586 acres.
Further details on The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge can be found at www.qe2fields.com
 WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1988, WREN has granted over £141m to more than 5,300 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a WRG landfill site. For more information please visit www.wren.org.uk 
For information about WREN please contact Lucy Clegg or Hannah Freeman at Tribe PR on 01603 417722 or email lucy@tribepr.com
 


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