Outdoor gym opens in Haywards Heath
Residents get set to keep fit in the fresh air as outdoor gym
MP Nicholas Soames was among those getting to grips with
a new outdoor gym in Haywards Heath.
The innovative all weather “green
gym” was officially opened at Barn Cottage Green, in
Bentswood, Haywards Heath on Tuesday 3 April at 11am.
The gym, next to the recently redeveloped
Wilmington Way development, was installed thanks to land being
donated by Mid Sussex District Council and £18,000 worth of funding
from Affinity Sutton. It is the first outdoor gym that the
housing group has funded nationally.
Equipment at the gym includes shoulder
press/lat pull down, a bench, leg raise dips, hand bike, leg press
and cross trainer.
Outdoor gym in Haywards Heath
MP Nicholas Soames praised Affinity Sutton's
imagination and enlightenment in delivering the gym saying, "Taking
exercise is worthwhile and you are prepared to make these
opportunities available to your customers as part of the healthy
living ideals you believe in."
Mr Soames was joined by the Mayor of Haywards
Heath Councillor John Sabin, Councillor Mandy Thomas-Atkin,
Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council and praised the partnership
between Affinity Sutton and the Council.
He said: "With Affinity Sutton providing the equipment and
the District Council providing the land it is a great example of a
The equipment, which will be free to use in
the open air, is available 24 hours a day and is safe for all ages
to boost their health and fitness. Residents were given
a demonstration on how to use the equipment from Freedom Leisure
and there was also be a giant human table football, bouncy castle
and free smoothies.
Matt Parsonage, Head of Neighbourhood
Investment for Affinity Sutton, said: “As a business for
social purpose we are committed to helping to maximise life chances
for our residents. We are delighted to fund the new outdoor
gym which we hope will give local residents the chance to get into
shape for free.”
“I warmly welcome the introduction of
this new equipment because taking regular exercise is so important
to our health and wellbeing,” said Councillor Mandy Thomas-Atkin,
Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council. “This new fitness
equipment is located at the heart of the community and I hope it
becomes a focal point for people to catch up and exercise
“In many ways this is better than a
traditional gym. It’s completely free and open to everyone but best
of all residents can use this equipment out in the open; breathing
in fresh air while they exercise.”
Matt Delaney, Managing Director of The Great
Outdoor Gym Company, who supplied the equipment, said:
“Independent research proves that TGO outdoor gyms raise sports
participation amongst both the active and the previously inactive,
by removing barriers to exercise such as accessibility and cost.
There is also strong evidence available of the health benefits of
exercising in the fresh air.”