Council consultation on gym costs prompts funding for outdoor workout zone

A consultation that found entry costs the biggest barrier to people going to gyms has helped free up a grant for a council to build an outdoor gym.

Dumfries & Galloway worked with volunteers from a local community centre to create the workout zone, officially opened last week, thanks to the grant of £49,000.

"The main purpose is to enable real community inclusion and participation in social and sporting activities for all age groups," said a spokeswoman.

The Outdoor Gym Project was funded by a Cashback/Payback funding initiative from the Scottish Government and administered by The South West Community Justice Authority.

The aim of the project was to improve the quality of life by upgrading sports facilities; integrate hard-to-reach groups to promote social inclusion and better employability skills; and to motivate offenders undertaking community payback orders.

Summerhill Community Centre youth development co-ordinator AnneMarie Coulter said: "Local people have already begun to plan their own fitness routines and some have received support to develop their personal fitness programmes at the outside gym, around their free time. This process is a great start towards people taking more responsibility for health." 


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Mowers special report - Tractor-mounted units

Mowers special report - Tractor-mounted units

Are cylinder or rotary mowers the best bet to maximise efficiency, performance and productivity? Sally Drury reports.

Mowers special report - Ever-improving ride-ons

Mowers special report - Ever-improving ride-ons

Manufacturers are offering grounds professionals better models to tackle the most challenging mowing conditions, writes Sally Drury.

Mowers special report -  Remote-control and walk-behind mowers

Mowers special report - Remote-control and walk-behind mowers

Topography and the environment are key factors for mowing awkward areas but the latest machines are making the job easier, says Sally Drury.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Products & Kit Resources