Croydon Council is to temporarily waive the fee required for sports clubs, personal trainers and businesses to run exercise sessions in parks, in light of Covid-19 government restrictions.
With groups limited to no more than five participants due to social distancing, the council is backing physical activity providers to resume their businesses in a safe and secure way.
Anybody wishing to use one of Croydon’s parks to run exercise sessions must still obtain a park user agreement. Park user agreements are issued to sports and physical activity clubs, personal trainers and businesses, permitting the use of park space to run organised activities which allows the council to regulate use and maintain safety.
Full information about the park user agreement and how to apply for one is on the council website.
Any sport and fitness providers looking to obtain a park user agreement will need to provide the details of the park in which activities will be held; proposed dates and times of sessions; include relevant documents (such as qualifications, first aid certificate); give proof of insurance; and complete risk assessments for activities.
They must also provide a Covid-19 risk assessment/ method statement which details an understanding of the government guidance:
- Number of participants (maximum ratios of one coach/instructor in cluster groups of no more than five participants).
- Maintain social distancing at all times including instructors and participants in cluster groups; clear separation of space between other cluster groups and park users.
- Changeover time between back-to-back sport & fitness sessions.
- Registers for Track & Trace purposes.
- Hand sanitising, equipment cleaning and equipment sharing protocol.
“With classes limited to no more than five participants, we know that our sport and fitness providers have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. By temporarily waiving this fee we are showing our support for this industry, whilst our thorough park user agreement will ensure that safety remains everybody’s top priority.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport