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New Outdoor Green Gym on the Horizon

Published on Friday, 25th March 2016

Old Collycroft Residents Association (OCRA) in Bedworth has been busy over the past few months...

...working in partnership with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council and external partners to fund a new green gym facility within Bailey Park, Bedworth.

This has been an ongoing project that OCRA has been pursuing with NBBC Ward and County Council elected Members in order to provide more facilities for local people to take part in physical activity on their door step.

The local Junior School, Race Leys has also been involved, supporting the recent work of OCRA and the development of a community green gym facility, which could be used by the older pupils of the school and their families and friends. Currently pupils use Bailey Park and the new measured mile route, as part of their weekly lunch time activity programme, supported by teachers.

“we are really pleased to be involved within local community projects of this nature, which can only enhance our pupils understanding of the local area and what it has to offer for them. We will look to support to OCRA in any way we can promoting to all pupils and parents once the facility is hopefully installed”.

Head Teacher Amanda Griffin

“We have been working very hard with committee members and NBBC Ward Councillors Bill Hancox and John Haynes, who have supported our aims of installing this facility. Over the past 16 months we have managed to work with the Council and install a new teenage facility, improve fencing and introduce a new measured mile route. Our goal now is to provide opportunities for local people to do more physical activity, at a time to suit them and in the fresh air of Bailey Park. Thanks to Warwickshire County Council Public Health and Tesco’s Community Grant scheme we have secured funding towards the gym, with a further application awaiting feedback, so our fingers and legs are all crossed”.

Cabinet Member for Arts and Leisure, Ian Lloyd is delighted that the partnership working with OCRA has proved so positive in helping to fund new facilities for the local park. He said “We are pleased to offer support through our Sports Development and Parks & Countryside teams in providing new facilities for local residents, with the aim of improving health and making use of our excellent parks”.

Tina Norris, secretary of OCRA