£7k sports grant puts exercise at heart of Kingston community

Residents are being encouraged to get ‘Park Fit’ by taking part in free group exercise classes in two Chessington parks, following a £6,800 grant from Sport England.

Churchfields Recreation Ground and Kings Edward’s Recreation Ground will be home to yoga, bootcamp and abs, bums and tums sessions starting from Tuesday 28 July for 20 weeks.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Portfolio Holder for Growth and Identity at Kingston Council said:

“The results of the borough-wide ‘All in One’ survey told us that residents would like more community facilities, especially in relation to parks and open spaces in Chessington. We decided to tackle this issue head-on and our Active Kingston team used this opportunity to apply for a grant from Sport England.

“We are working with ‘Our Parks’, an organisation which looks to improve community health and wellbeing whilst making the most of local green spaces.

The fully-qualified instructors have created tailor-made classes for all abilities and my hope is that the local community will take this great opportunity to improve their fitness whilst having fun.

“We have now also developed a new cost-effective park management plan, which outlines that community involvement is going to be absolutely key to the success and development of our green spaces in the coming years. Looking forward, we are going to have more opportunities than ever to join forces and make our borough the best it can be, together.”

Residents can sign up to classes by visiting:

  • Our Active Kingston Team was awarded £6,774 from Sport England as part of their Small Grants Programme to fund this initiative.