Surrey leader tries out new outdoor gym awarded £18,000

Surrey leader David Hodge tries out the new outdoor gym. Click image to download

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Leader David Hodge was among the first to try out a newly opened outdoor gym near Stoneleigh after the Friends of Shadbolt Park were awarded £18,000 from Surrey County Council’s Community Improvements Fund.


Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “This gym will encourage people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to exercise and it’s a great example of the county council joining together with residents to make Surrey an even better place to live.

“I’m delighted that people will be able to work on their fitness for free instead of joining a gym while getting some fresh air at the same time and it would be great to see even more of these facilities across the county.”

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The gym features eight pieces of fitness equipment, including a cross trainer, an exercise bike and a bench for sit-ups.

Nearly 30 projects have already benefited since Surrey leader David Hodge launched the fund in 2011 to help residents independently enhance their local areas.

They include a skate park at Puttenham, a youth drop-in centre in Leatherhead, a village hall near Chertsey and a scout hall in Weybridge.

There is a £1 million pot of money available for schemes that provide a lasting benefit to communities.

More information about the fund can be found on the council’s website.


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