New outdoor gym at Leamington park

The gym equipment installed at Victoria Park, using £20,000 funds from AC Lloyd and £5,000 from Leamington Rotary Club, is open to the public and has an astro-turf floor for all-weather use

Outdoor gym equipment has been installed at a Leamington Park.

The outdoor gym equipment in Victoria Park is now open for the public to use and it has been funded to the tune of £20,000 by AC Lloyd Homes and £5,000 from The Rotary Club of Leamington, which included a donation from The Rotary Club of Bruhl, Leamington’s twin town in Germany.

The area near the skate park has been laid with astro-turf and now features two bicycles, two cross-trainers, parallel bars and pull-up equipment for visitors for the park to use as part of their fitness routine.

From left to right - Simon Richardson (Warwick District Council), Alistair Clark (managing director of AC Lloyd Homes), personal trainer Michelle Clements, Brian Bassett of Leamington Rotary Club and Cllr Alan Rhead.

Personal trainer Michelle Clements, who leads Michelle Clements Fitness and Wellbeing, regularly runs fitness sessions in the park and was among the first to use the new equipment.

“I run three bootcamps for between 15 and 30 people every week and also personal training sessions in Victoria Park so I know that the space will be really well used,” she said.

“I have already tested out the equipment and it is great for cardio, body strength and for circuits. I will certainly be using it personally and for the sessions I run.

“It allows people to exercise in the fresh air and for free – what could be better?”

Brian Bassett, former president of The Rotary Club of Leamington, added: “It is brilliant the equipment is already being used by so many people.

"I have been down to use it myself and there were people of all ages having a go which was great.

“Providing facilities for people to exercise outside is helping them keep fit, thereby ultimately saving the NHS expense and also attracting people to the park.

“We would like to thank AC Lloyd for its generous donation which made this project possible.”

The outdoor gym is one of many infrastructure and public realm improvement projects being supported by Warwick District Council and the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Councillor Alan Rhead, Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for the Environment and Neighbourhood services, said: “This was a wonderful donation by AC Lloyd and The Rotary Clubs of Royal Leamington Spa and Bruhl, which will help local people take part in an extended range of activities in Victoria Park, giving park users the option to do exercise, that they would have normally done in an indoor gym.

“The outdoor gym is in addition to many upgrades and restoration projects that are currently taking place in the park, such as the upgrading of the children’s play facilities and the resurfacing and widening of footpaths, helping visitors to enjoy this beautiful public space.”