Budding Maghull Olympians set to benefit from new outdoor gym eq

Caroline Esterson


Maghull Town Council's Labour leader Cllr Caroline Esterson said the area's budding Olympians will benefit from a range of new outdoor gym equipment which is being installed in parks throughout the town.

The Labour-run town council gave the green light to four outdoor gyms being installed in parks in Maghull.

Sefton PCT's Health Inequalities Investment Fund is paying for the new equipment after the success of a pilot scheme in the borough.

Now four parks in Maghull will benefit from the new equipment. KGV park will be the first and Maghull Town Council is looking into where to site three others.

Cllr Esterson said the new equipment will help people keep fit while enjoying the fresh air.

Cllr Esterson said: "My Labour colleagues on Maghull Town Council and I are really pleased that the new keep fit equipment will be sited here in Maghull.

"The feedback the PCT received from the public about the pilot sites in Sefton were so positive that they have decided to roll out the equipment to other parts of the borough.

"As a person who attends the gym myself, I welcome the installation of this equipment. It gives people the chance to use keep fit equipment without having to pay gym fees and while enjoying the views from our fabulous park.

"The roll out of the equipment has been done in a way which makes sure that every part of Sefton benefits from this equipment. The sites have been chosen so they are near residential areas or in areas which attract lots of people so most people will be able to benefit from them."

Cllr Esterson said the new equipment will help tackle the problem of rising levels of obesity.

Cllr Esterson said: "We all know about the problem of childhood obesity and health inequality. This new equipment could go some way to tackling that problem.

"It's about getting people away from in front of their TVs or away from their games consoles out into the fresh air and exercising. This equipment is a good way of doing that.

"In such an important year for sport, with the Olympics coming to London, this equipment could really help budding sports stars here in Maghull and East Sefton, including future Olympians.

"The PCT tells us that they will be installed by the end of 2012 and they will have an estimated lifespan for 15-20 years. They are definitely going to become part of my keep fit routine."

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