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Try a New Sport in the Royal Parks

Get Fit in the Great Outdoors

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will see the Royal Parks host several key events and welcome the world's elite athletes. However sport in the Royal Parks isn't just for Olympians: whether you're a weekend athlete or someone looking to improve their fitness and wellbeing, the parks offer an incredible variety of sports and fitness activities to try.

To encourage people to discover a new fitness activity and make exercise a part of their life for 2011 and beyond, The Royal Parks has created a new YouTube video, showcasing the variety of activities on offer across the eight parks.

For those inspired by the recent Australian Open, The Royal Parks offers tennis court hire and coaching in Regent's, Hyde and Greenwich Parks. With court hire costing £4.50 - £13 an hour, tennis at the Royal Parks is affordable and accessible: you don't need to be a club member, just turn up and play.

If team sport is your thing, Regent's Park's award-winning community facility, The Hub, offers an extensive sports programme that includes football, rugby, cricket and softball. The Hub also offers a variety of exercise classes, including yoga, pilates and aerobics, to suit all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Classes start at just £3.20.

For a motivating and challenging workout, British Military Fitness (BMF) has frequent classes at Hyde, Bushy, Greenwich and Richmond Parks. Run by serving or former members of the armed forces, classes mix running, strength work and circuits for the ultimate full-body workout.

If you prefer a more leisurely pace, why not try a round of golf at Richmond Park Golf Course. Set in the stunning surroundings of the park, Richmond Park Golf Course operates on a 'pay and play' basis, and boasts two beautifully maintained 18-hole courses, a 250 yard practice range, and one of the largest pro shops in the UK.

Jill Osleger, Sports Manager, The Royal Parks said: "The key to making exercise a part of your life is finding something you really enjoy. If exercise becomes a chore, you'll inevitably find yourself making excuses to avoid it. Across the Royal Parks, there are so many organised sports and fitness activities to try - including horse riding, golf, tennis, kite boarding, aerobics, yoga and pilates - meaning there is something for everyone, of all ages and abilities."

Other activities across the parks include horse-riding, kite-boarding, cycling, water sports, and organised health walks.

To see The Royal Parks' fitness video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/THEROYALPARKS

For more information about sport in The Royal Parks, visit: http://www.royalparks.gov.uk/Sport

Media enquiries:

For further information or images please contact:

The Royal Parks Press Office on 0300 061 2128 or email press@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

The Royal Parks is an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and is the body responsible for managing the eight Royal Parks. Every year over 37 million people enjoy visiting the Royal Parks for free. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital. The Royal Parks are Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. For further information, please visit: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/

Tennis: for more information, including prices for court hire and coaching at Hyde, Greenwich and Regent's Parks, visit: http://www.willtowin.co.uk/

The Hub at Regent's Park: for more information, including prices, pitch hire and exercise class timetables, visit: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/regents_park/hub/thehub.cfm

British Military Fitness: for more information, visit: http://www.britmilfit.com/

Richmond Park Golf Course: for more information, visit: http://www.glendale-golf.com/course-1-richmond-park.aspx

About The Royal Parks' role in the London 2012 Games: To find out about The Royal Parks' role in the London 2012 Games, and the events taking place in the parks, please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk/London2012.cfm

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