Park user agreement: organised sport and physical activity in parks

If you wish to use one of Croydon’s parks to run organised sport and fitness sessions you must obtain a park user agreement.

Organised sport & physical activity in parks (Including personal trainers and group exercise classes)

If you wish to use one of Croydon’s parks to run organised sport and fitness sessions you must obtain a park user agreement.

We issue park user agreements to sports & physical activity clubs, personal trainers and businesses. These park user agreement permit the use of park space to run organised activities which allow us to regulate use and maintain safety.

For information on Event licenses please visit Organising Safe Events

Applying for a park user agreement

Please email to apply for a park user agreement and provide the following information:

  • The details of the park you wish to operate in
  • Proposed dates & times of your session
  • Include relevant documents (e.g. qualifications, first aid certificate, etc.)
  • Proof of insurance
  • Completed risk assessments for your activity
  • COVID risk assessment/ method statement which details an understanding of the government guidance

As land owners the council must take a broad view of all proposed activities in relation to suitability, other planned activities and safety of all park users. The council therefore reserves the right to restrict numbers or refuse permission to use a park on a case by case basis.

Download a copy of the parks exercise license application form.


Due to the impact of COVID we are currently issuing all park user agreements for free until further notice.

Why we issue park user agreements 

  • All visitors should have access to and use of public open spaces we must protect public parks for everyone to enjoy and benefit from various forms of sport & fitness training in public spaces

  • Sport and fitness operators must have appropriate qualifications (based on industry best practice)

  • Sport and fitness operators must be fully insured and hold liability for participants' safety we must manage the high demand for sport and fitness providers wishing to use Croydon’s parks

  • To ensure activities are safe and all appropriate measures to prevent transmission of COVID infection are taken.

Re-Activate Training

ReActivate - Sport England and CIMSPA provide free online COVID awareness training for anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England.

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