Fitness Groups

Outdoor fitness classes, trainers and 'boot camps'Hove Park walkway

In recent years outdoor personal fitness classes and ‘boot camps’ have become increasingly popular in the city’s parks and green spaces. These groups are increasing in number and some can be groups of up to 30 or more people training in a number of classes at one time.

The rise in outdoor fitness is good for the health and well being of residents in the city. The increase in popularity of outdoor fitness also raises a number of issues:

  • It is not easy for residents to determine whether a fitness trainer is reputable, for example whether they are trained and qualified, hold appropriate insurances, follow best practice in respect of safety measures and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service checks - previously CRB)
  • Fitness classes, especially larger ones can have an impact on the grounds and maintenance of the park and on other users.

Our new voluntary registration scheme

From 1 April 2014 the council implemented a voluntary registration scheme for commercial businesses providing outdoor fitness classes that use public green spaces, owned or managed by the council. Revenue raised through the scheme is ring fenced to the maintenance of the parks which host the classes.

This voluntary scheme that fitness operators can join will address two issues associated with their activities:

  1. to encourage them to register with a recognised body to provide assurances regarding the quality of their training
  2. to introduce a charging mechanism to recover some of the costs associated with the wear and tear to the parks. 

As part of the licensing process, operators have to be registered with REPS or UKactive and agree with their code of practice. They will also pay a charge towards the maintenance of the green spaces they use for their business.

We want to promote healthy outdoor activities and ensure responsible fitness trainers are easily identifiable by members of the public and that a contribution is made for administering the scheme and the maintenance of the green spaces used by those groups, for the benefit of all park users.   

Cost of the scheme

Frequency

Number of people per session

Annual charge for 2016/17

Once a week

3-15

£204.00

2-4 times a week

3-15

£331.50

5-7 times a week

3-15

£561.00

Once a week

16-35

£408.00

2-4 times a week

16-35

£663.00

5-7 times a week

16-35

£1122.00

Applying for a licence

If you plan on running a fitness or sports training group in a park or green space then apply for your licence from us here.

To apply for a City Parks Fitness Licence please ensure you have:

  • Read and understand our licence fees and conditions
  • Registered with REPS or UKactive and agree with their code of practice

We do not accept written applications. All applications are subject to final approval by the City Parks team.

Fitness Licence Application Form