Work with us in Barking

Do you have a passion for the community and getting people fit?

February 19, 2019

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Lead GoodGym in Barking

Make your community a healthier and better connected place

GoodGym is a growing community of walkers and runners who get fit by doing good. We shift earth instead of weights and run to visit older people instead of running still on treadmills.

Find out exactly how it works here or go the specific Barking page of our website to sign up as a runner.

We employ people who love fitness and care about their community to lead GoodGym in their local area. If you’re passionate about running and care about the world around you, we want you to be a GoodGym Trainer. You’ll be responsible for engaging the Thames Ward community into GoodGym and helping them improve their fitness.

GoodGym Barking will be operating in the Thames ward of the borough and we are keen to hear from people who live or have connections to this area. We welcome applications from those who are in full time employment. This role can be done outside of normal office hours.

GoodGym coming to Thames Ward is part of the Healthy New Towns programme and we would like to thank Barking Riverside Limited for partnering with us to deliver this initiative.


As a GoodGym trainer, you’ll be responsible for the success of GoodGym in Barking. This includes:

  • Organising and running weekly group sessions (examples here:
  • Developing the fitness of your members
  • Keeping members informed of the news from the GoodGym community
  • Creating a supportive community of members
  • Encouraging engagement by promoting GoodGym activities in your area

Person Specification

All applicants must have:

  • A passion for walking and running: you’ll be walking and/or running at least once a week.
  • The ability to confidently lead groups of walkers/runners
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good computer and social media skills

You would also need access to the internet and a computer so you can use the GoodGym website to list your runs and engage with your members.

Good to have:

  • A running coach (Coaching in Running Fitness, CiRF) or personal training qualification
  • A leadership in running fitness qualification, LIRF
  • Knowledge of local community initiatives and charities

Working Hours

You will lead one run a week on a date and time to be confirmed. Each run is written as a run report and this would take a further 45 minutes. This should be completed by 12 noon following the day of the run.

Outside of this run, you’ll be liaising with community organisations in your area, organising tasks, processing DBS checks of runners, managing a twitter account, as well as providing fitness advice via email to your runners. All of this can be completed in your own time.

We estimate this all to take between 8 - 10 hours each week, in total.

If you do not have a Leadership in Running Fitness Qualification, PT qualification or higher you must be prepared to undertake this immediately in order to accept the job. We can assist you in gaining this qualification.


£6,600 a year on a monthly freelance contract.

How to apply

Send a CV and cover letter to with the subject line “Trainer Application” and the name of the area you'd like to work in. Attending a GoodGym run is strongly encouraged (upcoming runs are listed at Please demonstrate an understanding of what GoodGym does in your cover letter.

Interview dates and process

The deadline for applications is Monday 18th March with interviews happening shortly after.

Applicants will be required to attend a sit down interview, complete a short online exercise and lead a practical fitness session. The fitness session will be a short run, without a GoodGym task. It'll be a chance to see you and the other candidates in a more practical way. You'll be asked to demonstrate a running drill. This drill should 10 minutes, but it's not about the length, rather a chance for you to show us your style.

Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email and we'll be in touch.
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