Hull gets fit and lights up with green energy gym

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Two proud Made in Britain members have joined the campaign to ‘fight the flab’ in one of the country’s most deprived and obese cities.

The Great Outdoor Gym Company (TGO) from Kent has been working with Hull City Council since the London 2012 Games in the city’s attempts to deliver its own Olympic legacy.

TGO has installed eight free-to-use outdoor gyms in Hull that are readily accessible to people of all ages and abilities, breaking down the barriers to physical activity and acting as a gateway to improving health.

One of them, Shaw Park Eco Gym, is powered entirely by human movement and is lit up at night at no cost allowing people to exercise around the clock, attracting official visits from as far afield as Japan and Hungary – and being voted second best outdoor gym in the world after California’s muscle beach.

Now TGO has engaged Made in Britain founding company Zaun, the main perimeter and security fencing provider for the London Olympics, enclosing the latest Hull project at Barbara Robson Park in Sutton Village.

Kingston upon Hull East MP Karl Turner (pictured) officially opened the Barbara Robson Green Gym, where the effort made by gym users is converted into electricity that is used to power the lights in the park, the adjacent floodlit multi-use games area (MUGA) and to charge mobile phones.  The gym is the first of its kind in the city and only the 5th in the UK.

It includes a wealth of easy-to-use equipment for health and fitness fun, while Zaun has installed a free-standing basketball unit at the MUGA ringed with Duo8 panels and attractive BowTop fencing around the outdoor gym.

TGO founder and MD Matt Delaney, ex London Director of Sport England, PE teacher and professional basketball player, wanted to help communities get more active by offering high-quality training facilities in every community.

He said: “Hull has been a brilliant pioneering partner for us in championing our green energy gyms.  We have a real opportunity to transform local parks and playing fields into health and wellbeing spaces for the whole community and tackle health issues from the angle of prevention rather than cure.”

Sutton Ward councillors funded the gym while NHS North Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support Unit has employed a fitness instructor to advise and run programmes to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles.

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About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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