UK PTs Need a License to Train People in the Park

If you are a UK-based personal trainer or fitness instructor looking to train people outdoors (in a park or anywhere in the city), you need to get a license from your local council.

Licenses are issued once a year and the typical requirements include:

  • Relevant qualifications
  • Public liability insurance up to £5m
  • First Aid certificate
  • Application form & risk assessment

Licenses are usually issued for the duration of one year or six months, for a fee which is determined based on the number of sites you will be using, the number of days and hours you’ll be working and the number of clients you’ll be training.

If your application is successful, you will have to sign a legally binding land license agreement between you and the council whose conditions may include (quoted directly from the terms of my license):

  1. Not to use any park furniture, trees or buildings to carry out exercises (such as step up’s on park benches or attaching equipment to trees) at any time.

  2. Not to interfere with or make any alteration to the layout or arrangement of the site.

  3. Not to erect or suffer to be erected any permanent equipment whatsoever upon the site.

  4. Not to use any music equipment or amplification device without the prior written consent of the authorised officer.

  5. Not to display any advertisement, signboards, nameplate, inscription, flag, banner, placard, poster, signs or notices at the site without the prior written consent of the licensor (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

  6. Not to carry out any photography, filming, video, recording, taping, television or radio broadcasts or any other recording of any kind of the permitted use on the site during the licence period without the prior written consent of the licensor.

  7. To ensure that pedestrians are allowed unrestricted access along any public footpath located within the site.

If you are based in Leeds and want to apply for a license allowing you to hold individual or group sessions at a specific site, go to Events in Parks or email

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