Workington residents receive a helping hand in getting FIT!

PRESS RELEASE

21st March 2011

Workington residents receive a helping hand in getting FIT
 
As daffodils and crocuses pop up and the long winter nights become a distant memory, Workington residents are to be given the perfect opportunity to embrace the outdoors.
 
A partnership between Fields in Trust and WREN will see the installation of a brand new £30,000 outdoor gym facility in Vulcan Park in the town centre, thanks to a grant generated by tax on landfill. The WREN FIT Zone will incorporate all kinds of traditional gym equipment such as exercise bikes, weights and cross trainers specially adapted for outdoor use and will complement the upgrade of play equipment in the park.
 
Working in conjunction with Fields in Trust’s legacy programme to mark both the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, Vulcan Park will also be permanently protected as a Queen Elizabeth II Field. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, led by its Patron Prince William, aims to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces by 2012 creating a permanent and tangible legacy that will benefit communities now and for generations to come.
 
Fields in Trust is using a £300,000 grant from WREN to create ten of these innovative and accessible gyms across the UK. 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. The funding was awarded to FIT at the end of last year and means the outdoor gym in Vulcan Park can now start to take shape.
 
Shocking new figures predict the cost of obesity on Cumbria’s NHS will hit almost £142 million next year - enough to build a new hospital – and so getting people active is a vital target for the area.
 
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 so we’re delighted to be installing this facility in Workington on a site that Fields in Trust is protecting as part of our Diamond Jubilee legacy programme.’
 
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 gym will provide Workington residents a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors as the weather begins to warm up, and to have some fun while exercising. We’re delighted to support Fields in Trust to make this happen and look forward to the completion of the project.’
 
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) to 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 many people in Workington enjoy it for years to come.’
 
 Allerdale Borough Council has received the grant from Fields in Trust and will then be responsible for delivering this new service to their community.
 
So keep your eyes open for people of all ages having fun and getting fit in the outdoor gym in Vulcan Park!
 
 
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.
 
-                                  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 further information please contact Helen Griffiths, Director of Communications on helen.griffiths@fieldsintrust.org
 
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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