In 2012/13, 154 people completed the Exercise Referral Programme and are now benefiting from a more active and healthy lifestyle!
What is Exercise Referral?
Exercise Referral is designed to help people to improve their health by becoming more active. Exercise Referral is available to people who suffer from or are at risk of certain diseases that would benefit from physical activity.
Exercise Referral Instructors
All our friendly, and experienced Exercise Referral Instructors have completed the Level 3 Exercise Referral Qualification and are registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals.
The Level 3 qualification allows instructors to work with patients and devise safe and effective exercise programmes to help manage and improve medical conditions such as;
- Asthma & COPD
- Muscular Skeletal Problems
- Raised Cholesterol
Health professionals can refer in-active patients to the Exercise Referral Programme by completing a referral form. The Referral form can be found under the Documents section. Referrals can also be made on-line, should you wish to make an on-line referral please contact the Exercise Referral Officer.
The Exercise Referral Process
Once we have received the Referral form, the Exercise Referral Officer will contact you over directly over the telephone. We will then arrange an appointment for you to start the referral programme at your nearest Leisure Centre. Further information about the referral process can be found under the documents section.
The Initial Assessment
The initial assessment will be an informal and friendly process with our Exercise Referral Instructor. This will be a one to one session, and will last approximately one hour. During this session we will cover;
- Exercise History
- Discuss individual exercise goals
- Devise an exercise Programme within the fitness suite
You will be exercising during assessment so we recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing and wear suitable footwear such as Trainers.
Cost of the Sessions
Exercise Referral is provided to customers at a subsidised rate. You can pay for the sessions at the Leisure Centre each time you attend. The table below shows the prices per session during the initial 12 weeks.
|Fitness Suite (Gym) ||£2.70 per session |
|Instructor Led Classes ||£2.25 per session |
|Swimming||£1.50 per session|
|Walk & Talk||Free|
Cost of Sessions after 12 weeks
After completing your 12 week exercise programme, the prices per session will be charged at the concessionary rate price per activity.
|Fitness Suite (Gym) ||£4.20 per session |
|Instructor Led Classes ||£3.50 per session |
|Swimming||£2.30 per session|
|Walk & Talk||Free|
Should you wish to pay for the activities by Direct Debit, please see your referral instructor. The Direct Debit will cost £13.30 per month for the first three months, and includes unlimited use of the Gym, swimming and class facilities.
The Direct Debit will increase to £19.95 per month thereafter which is a huge £10 per month saving, again the direct debit allows unlimited access to the Gym, Swimming and Class facilities.
Duration of the Programme
The programme is for a 12 week period. Once the 12 weeks have been completed you will complete a 12 week assessment, during the assessment your gym programme will be reviewed and the exercise referral instructor will discuss the exercise opportunities that are available for you to continue with after the programme.
Opportunities to Exercise after the programme
There is a variety of exercise opportunities for you to get involved in. Please see the Referral Opportunities page for more information.
For Further information
For further information about the Exercise Referral Scheme please contact the Exercise Referral Officer.