Royal Parks Fitness Training Licences


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There is the unique opportunity for fitness trainers to run classes in the beautiful surroundings of the famous Royal Parks. Having a vision of where you would like to train is important, however it is necessary for fitness professionals to understand the current licensing laws that may affect your business.

The Royal Parks have recently introduced Fitness Training Licences for the use of their green spaces. Places affected include Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Regent’s Park, Greenwich Park, Bushy Park and Green Park. This means that if you would like to use these places for personal training or to run group fitness sections, you must apply for a license. The Royal Parks encourages the highest quality from their fitness professionals. To be a licence holder you will need REPs level 3 or equivalent. Your business will then be promoted on their website and social media channels.

The table below gives you the charges for the daily, weekly and yearly rates.

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The website already displays the groups and individuals who are currently in possession of a licence. These include various boot camps; from military style to 1000 calorie boot camps, classes for mums; mums in shape, buggy boot camp and Buggy Runner, Kiddikicks Sport and running classes.

Click here if you are interested in finding out more about the Fitness Training Licences.

Image Credit: www.newsshopper.co.uk, www.londonist.comwww.swfitnessgroup.co.uk/ and www.royalparks.org.uk

9 responses to “Royal Parks Fitness Training Licences

  1. cis

    So much for trying to get people moving more and be healthy… These are steep fees, although of course London-based PTs can charge more and pass these costs onto their clients.

  2. jonw

    The cost for these licenses makes it completely impossible to run a class that’s value for money for the client and also makes any profit for the trainer. Another way of fleecing PTs and making it more and more difficult to make a genuine living.
    REPs should be doing more to drive down these prices, or even abolish them so we can use public spaces.

    • I think it may be worth mentioning that it is in the interest of REPS to support any organisation that insists trainers have reps certification, I used to belong to reps when I started out, however 10 years into my career it is now my reputation that keeps my gainfully employed NOT my REPS membership…Why the park gets involved with trainers qualifications is beyond me, my clients decided if I am worth employing not the Rotal parks. Ridiculous!..
      come on Reps prove to us you arent just about the money!
      Jacqueline
      Personal trainer to ordinary people charging affordable fees.

  3. Ridiculous!..most of us will need 2 licence fees for each park as we teach 1-1 and group. so thats over £1000 per park!…thumbs up to obesity..well done royal parks

  4. indeed, a unique opportunity… to overly tax another group of people using the parks. contrary to the blog above, the Royal Parks have said that the need for licences has ‘always been around’ but that it’s not been as heavily enforced. It’s not the fact that a licence is being imposed that grates, but more the seemingly extortionate fees that have been set. I understand that the money will go towards the upkeep of the park, but does the upkeep warrant the fees that have been set? where was the consultation in terms of setting fees that would be more reasonable? which would lead to greater income (instead of avoidance) for the park and a greater uptake on these licences (currently around 25 licences in total compared to the number of trainers that use these Royal Parks which surely runs into the hundreds!)

  5. I am astounded by this post, REPs are in an ideal position to be at the helm of fighting against this pricing scheme not condoning/supporting or accepting this as a ‘done deal’. London trainers are not particularly in a position to ‘charge more because they earn more’ the squeeze in on everyone countrywide. We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic and getting people moving is paramount to the health and wealth of the nation (less sick days, less stress on our overburdened NHS now and later). No-one wants tor expects to be able to use our beautiful parks for free, they are kept to such a high standard that their usage should be paid for, but what about a win-win situation? It IS possible. Trainers have been taking pictures of deserted parks that once were buzzing….so obviously the pricing has been prohibitive. If gaining an income is the object here, wouldn’t it be better to have a park full of Trainers paying less than a park with a small amount of Trainers, ultimately paying less? I hope I get a reply to this as it’s possibly the first time I’ve ever been so annoyed that I’ve written anything on any blog post.

  6. Hello. the fees for this licence is absurd. I do not think any PT has a problem paying a licence fee but what they are charging is way too high. It is easy to say well London PT’s charge more but that is not the point as it is another expense and to be able to pay to use upwards of 3/4 Royal Parks which is what I do is just not affordable for me. I think more needs to be done to try and negotiate with Royal Parks in making a fee that trainers agree with and are happy to pay and allows you to use all parks not paying per park.

  7. RJW

    I cannot believe that REPS are touting this “unique opportunity” rather than fighting it. How is it fair to charge the same price for someone running just a single PT session a week in the park as it is for someone running one every day? PTs working in gyms benefit from a captive audience, and zero travel time between sessions. Those of us who operate outside benefit from being more convenient for our clients – but this means we cannot guarantee when and where we will train from one client to the next. This system attempts to tie us in to a single park, or group of parks when our entire USP is that we go to the client wherever and whenever they need us. I might only need to use any given park once or twice a year. If there really is a need to charge trainers for use of parks, then it should be a national system (my territory covers five different boroughs) that allows us to train in any park.

    All this rubbish about checking we are insured and qualified is a scam – if we carry a REPS card then we are!

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