This document provides licensing scheme options which must be obtained by commercial physical activity providers operating in Lambeth parks and open spaces.

1. Aims and purpose

The physical activity training licensing scheme has the following aims:

  • To allow licensed trainers to contribute to the Active Lambeth Plan (2015 to 2020) the vision being for: “All people in Lambeth to be physically active in their daily lives”
  • To help to regulate physical training in Lambeth’s parks, ensuring that all commercial training activities pay their way and give back to the community
  • To help to balance activity so that Lambeth can maintain its parks and open spaces
  • To allow flexibility and ensure that charging for large and small operators is fair
  • To ensure high quality and safe activities from qualified trainers
  • To allow comparability and ease of benchmarking against other London boroughs

The license fee has been created in line with the Council’s cultural fees and charge objectives which are transparency, fairness, quality and growth. The licensing scheme works to enforce the Lambeth byelaw:

“No person shall without the consent of the council provide or offer any service for which a charge is made”.

2. Minimum standards

Physical activity providers must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to obtain a license:

  • Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) level 3 (or equivalent)
  • Public liability insurance (Minimum £5 million)
  • Outline of the session and identified outcomes
  • Risk assessment
  • First aid plan

3. Billing

The whole fee will be invoiced on license agreement.

The full payment policy is available in the physical activity licence fees information document.

4. Concession discount

Groups or organisations that propose or offer activities that deliver outcomes which meet our cooperative values of reciprocity and partnership and deliver to the target groups outlined in the Active Lambeth Plan will be priortised for a discount under the scheme.

The priority groups are:

  • Children and young people (18’s and under)
  • Older adults (over 65’s)
  • Women and girls
  • Disabled people
  • Black and Minority Ethnic groups

We know from the Lambeth Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (2012) the following headline facts regarding Lambeth’s health and wellbeing needs:

  • Life expectancy is 1.5 years less for both males (77 years) and females (81 years) when compared nationally
  • We have a significant number of obese children, with 1 in 4, 10 to 11 year olds at risk of becoming clinically obese
  • Lifestyle choices are adding to this issue and although levels of smoking, obesity and activity are similar or slightly better than the national average for adults, these are still high and alarmingly so for children; whereas obesity, alcohol and drug misuse are higher than the national average.

NHS Lambeth has prioritised seven health conditions or risk factors in its Strategic Plan:

  • Cardio vascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Childhood obesity
  • Serious mental illness
  • HIV
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism

Some of the major long term conditions impacting on the health of the population include, coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer.

Lambeth also has one of the highest levels of mental health need in London.

Public Health England published data regarding childhood obesity showing that in the 2013-14 academic year, 41.5% of 10-11 year olds were either overweight or obese.

Avoidance of ill health (coronary heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes etc.), increasing independence and a reduction in stress anxiety and depression represent our collective challenge to encourage the shift from inactivity to activity.

This cannot be ignored given reports that physical inactivity leads to an estimated 126 premature deaths in Lambeth per year (37,000 nationally). Significantly, physical activity and sport has the potential to reduce the death rates for people with long term health conditions which have a major impact on the health of Lambeth’s population.

Physical activity providers who submit additional targeted programming to address our priority outcomes will be considered for a discounted license fee.

Discounts will be based on the nature and scope of activity by the physical activity provider and subject to review on a case by case basis.

5. Enforcement

Delegated council staff and nominated representatives have the authority to enforce the physical activity licensing scheme. Breach of the park byelaws may result in prosecution.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Sports Team

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