Funds secured for Worthing charity’s outdoor workout area

Guild Care fund-raisers Joanne Longhurst and Anna Durkowska with Joan, Hazel and Edna who currently enjoy Tai Chi exercise sessions at Guild Care
Guild Care fund-raisers Joanne Longhurst and Anna Durkowska with Joan, Hazel and Edna who currently enjoy Tai Chi exercise sessions at Guild Care

A WORTHING charity has secured Olympic funding for an older people’s outdoor gym.

Guild Care will receive £22,540 of National Lottery funding to install an outdoor gym at its Healthy Living Centre at Methold House, which supports more than 1,000 older people each year.

The money is Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund and is part of the £135million Places People Play legacy programme that aims to bring sport into communities across the country.

This will be the first outdoor gym facility available for older people in Worthing and the surrounding areas.

Sport England’s chairman, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Worthing.

“This fund has really hit the mark with sports clubs in West Sussex. It shows we’re offering the legacy that people want for their local community.

“For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”

Guild Care already offers a wide range of exercise classes at Methold House including yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, indoor bowls and seated exercise.

The new outdoor gym will provide older people with a year-round outdoor exercise facility with specially trained tutors.

Healthy living programme manager, Jacqui Swindells, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we will be able to offer our local older community a truly unique outdoor gym – something people first asked for in 2008.

“It is at the heart of our plans to have an outstanding programme of exercise opportunities for older people for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”