PERMITS allowing personal trainers and coaches the ability to move their group sessions outside have been made available by the Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) recently.

The idea behind the use of these permits, as announced on August 5, is that it will protect trainers from unqualified and uninsured 'trainers' using the areas, as well as the permit being required for health and safety adherence.

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In Wokingham, the permit covers Cantley Park, Bigshotte Park, Keephatch Park, Elizabeth Park, Barkham Recreation Ground, Chestnut Park, and Waverley Way, Finchampstead.

In Woodley and Earley, the permits cover Sandford Park, Woodley, Laurel Park, Earley, and Chalfont Park, Earley.

The permits are free and can be applied for using the WBCs website.

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Cllr John Kaiser, deputy leader of the council, said: “With some people still understandably cautious about returning to inside gyms, our parks are now being used far more for exercise run by professional trainers. But we have a duty of care to the general public to protect them when using our open spaces. This is why the permit is needed.

"This permit gives personal trainers and coaches a different option of venue for their clients.

"We’ve an abundance of fantastic parks in our borough which are perfect locations to have fun, get fit, and boost physical and mental wellbeing during these tough times. This being so, we must also make sure it’s safe for everyone."

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The WBC also detailed that it does not apply to council-run country parks, nor parks run by town and parish councils.

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