Our Parks – From pipe dream to 15,000 users

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This is the title of the presentation that Born Barikor, Chief Executive Officer, Our Parks will be giving at the conference Enterprise and Collaboration – The way forward for community sport and physical activity in London.

The conference will be held on 8th December 2015 at The Podium, ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Londo

The conference will focus on how community sports providers can meet the challenges and benefit from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives, the political landscape and new technology.

The presentation will cover how Our Parks was founded by Born Barikor, a former athlete from a council estate in Tower Hamlets, who found himself with no money to join a gym. He wanted to keep fit, so he came up with the idea of creating an accessible pathway to exercise for people from lower incomes by working with councils and development agencies to offer the public free outdoor exercise classes.  After graduating with a degree in pharmaceutical science and a career in sports development and personal training, Born left his job to realise his vision.  Starting with the aim of getting 500 people #FitForFree within the founding borough of Waltham Forest, he has grown Our Parks to cover 18 boroughs across London plus Central Bedfordshire with over 100 coaches and 5 members of staff.

He will discuss the challenges he faced along the way, learnings from different experiences on what did and didn’t work, and how he grew the Our Parks community from a pipe dream to having over 15,000 users who attend over 150 hours of exercise each week in year one.

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