Corby fitness group makes bid to have equipment at West Glebe Park

A fitness group is asking for permission from Corby Council to have equipment installed at one of its parks
A fitness group is asking for permission from Corby Council to have equipment installed at one of its parks

A fitness group is asking for permission from Corby Council to have equipment installed at one of its parks.

The Compound, a not-for-profit fitness organisation which allows people to have a go at calisthenic fitness, has asked Corby Council if it can set up a calisthenics park at West Glebe Park in the town.

Calisthenics is about using your own body strength to exercise, with fitness regimes at The Compound consisting of pull-ups, push-ups, dips, squats and abdominal crunches or sit-ups.

The Compound is based in Corby with more than 300 members and 150 regular attendees each week.

It currently operates from the Church of the Epiphany.

The group is seeking funding for specialist outdoor calisthenics and wants to have this facility at West Glebe Park, but it needs the council’s permission for the use of the land and then to adopt and maintain the equipment afterwards.

The equipment suggested would accommodate at least 20 users at any one time.

A report due to be considered by councillors next week states: “The Compound seeks support for this project from Corby Borough Council to provide an area of land at West Glebe Park to install some new calisthenics equipment and to thereafter adopt and maintain it.

“The new equipment would benefit the community by providing a new way to encourage health and well-being and supporting an already well-established health and fitness group.

“This equipment would be free to use for all and open to any members of the public to have free access and use during their leisure time to increase their fitness, health and well-being.”

The group’s request will be considered by Corby Council’s One Corby Policy Committee next week.

There are three possible options for the committee to consider, but its recommendation is that members support the request for siting the park at West Glebe and to take on the ongoing maintenance and liability for the equipment’s use.

Councillors will discuss it at their meeting at 7pm on Tuesday, January 5, in the council chamber at Corby Cube.

For more details about The Compound, go to www.thecompound.co.uk.