Encourage Keep-Fit For The Inactive: HSSA have identified that often the running track and the Athletics Club are quite daunting for many unfit adults, elderly or disabled persons. We believe that very few overweight or inactive members of the public would venture through the track’s gates, even though fun events and local promotions regularly take place. We believe the Trim Trail will offer an alternative and inviting solution for these persons, whereby they can relax and exercise in a park environment.We have discussed this need with our local Oxted Parish Council, gaining their support and a significant amount of funding. HSSA and the Oxted Parish Council believe the Outdoor Gym is being under utilisied, especially during the autumn and winter months. Therefore, the need for a free, regular and enthusiastic keep-fit club has arose, with the aim to attract and recruit a wide range of members of the community who would otherwise not participate in stretching, aerobic activity or strength exercise as suggested by the NHS via their “Live Well” series of advice.
Introduce Cross Country Training: In association with HSSA is the well run Holland Sports Athletics Club which is a highly dedicated organisation, providing track/field training facilities and coaching to children, teenagers and adults. The Club has trained over 2000 local athletes of all abilities. The club has identified the need to improve their cross country training facilities and to build up a team of endurance runners, especially girls and women. The cross country season is between September to March when the weather is at its worst and the park is at its most soggy. Currently the club train on their running track, similar to the athletics season, but struggle to vary their training to cater for the tougher cross country season. For the last two winters they have held training sessions on the hilly streets of Oxted, parents marshal these sessions, however, this is not ideal. HSSA have identified that the 828 meters Trim Trail will offer a safe, varied running surface for the athletes to train on. The path will offer varied course to navigate around, it will encourage each runner’s personal development and engender a tougher team spirit.