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Exercise the PRAMA way

Last Modified January 03, 2020
A fun interactive new way of getting active without having to step into a gym or play a sport has arrived in Bushey thanks in part to funding from local developers.

PRAMA, an immersive and interactive group exercise concept where sound, light, floors and walls are used to guide and motivate participants through a training experience, has been officially launched at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre. The facility, which received £100,000 through our Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF), is aimed at helping older people, families, youngsters, disabled people and members of the public who are not attracted to gyms or traditional sports to take part in a fun and engaging new way of getting active.

Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning, presented a plaque recognising that the project had been completed in partnership with us earlier this month. Cllr Cohen was also shown a demonstration of the new PRAMA studio at the leisure centre where the classes take place.

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From left to right, centre manager, Bridget Kirwan; Cllr Cohen; InspireAll regional manager Barry Ellis and PRAMA instructor Lucy Searle.

Cllr Cohen said: “By investing in facilities such as this, we are investing in the future resilience of our local communities.

“If we can get more people active, especially our older and younger generations, and families, we can help take pressure off existing services such as GP surgeries, hospitals and other healthcare providers, and help our population to stay fit and healthy for longer.

“As this is very much a group exercise, there is also a social element involved, which means it has benefits for people’s mental as well as physical health, helping tackle loneliness or isolation.

“But on top of everything else, the new PRAMA facility is fun and it’s a really exciting way of getting fit. I would recommend it to anyone.”

Bridget Kirwan, centre manager at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre said: "We are so excited to have launched PRAMA at Bushey Grove, with a range of classes for adults, families and children, helping to get all age groups active, whatever their fitness ability."

The CIF is a pool of funding we have collected from a levy on certain types of new development that can be used for improving local facilities and services.

It was announced at the beginning of the year that 16 organisations had been successful in bidding for funding. Two groups received larger amounts of money, totalling more than £600,000, including Elstree University and Technical College and Communities 1st (formerly Community Hertsmere).

Funding for a further 14 groups, including schools and sports clubs, was agreed by our Executive committee in December last year, with the money set to help improve community buildings, outdoor spaces and sports facilities.

Other recipients include the Noah’s Ark Hospice, which was given £29,467 to facilitate the construction of its children hospice in High Barnet. The hospice, which supports children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in the borough, opened earlier this year.

All the applicants had to fulfil specific funding criteria.
Posted on Monday 30th December 2019

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