Exercise Referral

Exercise referral schemes are long-term health condition prevention and management programmes that aim to improve health and wellbeing.

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What is an Exercise Referral Scheme? 

Exercise referral schemes are long-term health condition prevention and management programmes, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of sedentary and inactive adults who are at risk of developing or who have an existing long-term health condition. These schemes are designed to help individuals self-manage their condition more effectively and with more confidence. 

Why access an Exercise Referral Scheme?

The scheme provides opportunities for people with underlying medical conditions, or those at risk of developing conditions to become more active in a safe and welcoming environment and raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity, helping to create long-term behaviour change. Regular physical activity can help you manage your weight, have a positive effect on you mentally, improve your muscle and joint functions, and benefit your heart health too. Not only will it help you manage and control existing conditions, but it will help protect you from developing other health complications as well. Some of the key benefits of moving more include: 

  • Manage and reduce pain 
  • Help them to manage their long-term condition 
  • Maintain a healthy weight 
  • Stay mobile 
  • Sleep better 
  • Improve mood 
  • Peer support  

What does the Exercise Referral Scheme involve? 

You will have a consultation with the Exercise Referral instructor, who will find out what is important to you and will help you to find activities that you will enjoy! You will then have review's every few weeks, which will enable the instructor to support you through the scheme to a healthier lifestyle. Activities vary at each centre but may include: 

  • Walking sports or led walks 
  • Group exercise classes such as chair-based exercise 
  • Casual swimming or water-based activities such as Aqua 
  • Gym based exercise 
  • Social groups including coffee mornings for increased peer support 
  • Condition specific activities, such as for MSK conditions.  

Eligibility

Exercise referral schemes will often have eligibility criteria, for example being aimed at inactive adults, 16-18 years and over (different sites may vary), with a low or moderate risk long-term condition. Please note that eligibility requirements differ between providers, so please check with your local provider whether you are able to access their scheme. 

Referral 

Health and social care practitioners can refer you to the scheme by completing a referral form and sending it to the leisure provider. 

Price

This is a chargeable scheme. Prices may vary per site or activity. Pay-as-you-go and direct debit options may be available, depending on the site or activity. 

How can professionals refer onto Exercise Referral Schemes?

Please check with the specific leisure provider for a list of eligible referrers. Most Exercise Referral Schemes will accept referrals from GPs, nurses, physios or other health care practitioners, but different sites may vary. 

Everyone Active

  • Use their online referral form.

  • Eligible referrers consist of: GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, Osteopaths, Physios, Therapists, social prescribers, health and wellbeing coaches, and various other healthcare professionals. 

SLL 

Inspire All

  • Send your referral form to the corresponding leisure centre's detailed below:  

  • Eligible referrers consist of: GPs, Practice/ Community/ District Nurses, Hospital Consultants, Doctors and Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Health Visitors, Community Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Professionals, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals, Dieticians 

Better (Healthwise)

Active Herts

  • This scheme is a self-referral process detailed through the links below: 

Active Watford & Three Rivers

  • This scheme is both self-referral and referrals accepted from healthcare professionals (GPs, link workers, nurses etc.).
  • Book an appointment via Alison Goodchild. Phone: 07710 096 398/ Email: Alison.Goodchild@watfordfc.com  

Find your local Exercise Referral Scheme

Use our interactive map to find your local exercise referral scheme.

Exercise Referral Interactive Map

Or click on your Council area below to find details of the exercise referral provider: 

Broxbourne

Dacorum

East Herts

Hertsmere

North Hertfordshire

St Albans City and District

Stevenage

Three Rivers

Watford

Welwyn & Hatfield

Broxbourne

Provider Contact Website Price

Active Herts


Broxbourne Borough Council
Bishops College, Churchgate
Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9XF

07506 503 316 or
andrew.rix@ broxbourne.gov.uk
activeherts.org.uk

For pay as you go sessions in the community, the first 6 sessions are FREE, then after the initial 6 sessions it costs £4.50 per session. 

 

Laura Trott Leisure Centre
44 Windmill Ln, Cheshunt
Waltham Cross, Herts, EN8 9AJ

John Warner Sports Centre
Stanstead Rd, Hoddesdon
Herts, EN11 0QG

07506 503 316 or
andrew.rix@ broxbourne.gov.uk
activeherts.org.uk £24.95 for 5 months (please note: participants are tied into the first five months and then will return to the standard rate in the sixth month). 

Dacorum

Provider Contact Website Price

Everyone Active

Berkhamsted Leisure Centre
Lagley Meadow, Douglas Gardens
Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3QQ

01442 507100 or
berkhamstedsm@ everyoneactive.com
everyoneactive.com £29.99 per month for 6 months.

Everyone Active

Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre
Park Road, Hemel Hempstead
Herts, HP1 1JS

01442 507100 everyoneactive.com £29.99 per month for 6 months.

East Herts

Provider Contact Website Price

Everyone Active

Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre
Rye Street, Bishop's Stortford
Herts, CM23 2HH

00127 965 2332   everyoneactive.com £20.99 per month for 6 months.

Everyone Active

Hartham Leisure Centre
Hartham Common, Hartham Ln
Hertford, SG14 1QR

01992 584 000 everyoneactive.com £29.99 per month for 6 months.

Hertsmere

Provider Contact Website Price

Active Herts

Please contact Lee Bruce directly for specific addresses

07741 248 852 or lee.bruce@nhs.net activeherts.org.uk FREE.

Inspire All

Bushey Grove Leisure Centre
Aldenham Road, Bushey
Herts, WD23 2TD

01992 584 000 inspireall.com £31 per month for 12 months. Enquire for other price conditions (e.g., PAYG).

Inspire All

Furzefield Leisure Centre
Mutton Lane, Potters Bar
Herts, EN6 3BW

01707 850500 or
ffexercisereferral@ inspireall.com    
inspireall.com £31 per month for 12 months. Enquire for other price conditions (e.g., PAYG).

Inspire All

The Venue Leisure Centre
Elstree Way, Borehamwood
Herts, WD6 1JY

020 8386 9886 or
tvexercisereferral@ inspireall.com  
inspireall.com £31 per month for 12 months. Enquire for other price conditions (e.g., PAYG).

North Hertfordshire 

Provider Contact Website Price

Everyone Active

Hitchin Swimming Centre & Fitness Centre
Fishponds Road, Hitchin
Herts, SG5 1HA

01462 437111  everyoneactive.com £32.24 per month for 6 months. 

SLL

Knights Templar Sports Centre
Weston Way, Baldock
Herts, SG7 6EY

01462 631300 or enquiries.knights@sll.co.uk 

sll.co.uk £23 per month or pay as you go for £3.70 a visit.

Active Herts

Please contact Lee Bruce directly for specific addresses

07741 248 852 or lee.bruce@nhs.net

activeherts.org.uk 

 

Everyone Active

North Herts Leisure Centre
Baldock Road, Letchworth
Herts, SG6 2ER

01462 679 311 everyoneactive.com £32.24 per month for 6 months.

Everyone Active

Royston Leisure Centre
Woodcock Road, Royston
Herts, SG8 7XT

01763 255 190  everyoneactive.com £32.24 per month for 6 months.

St Albans City and District

Provider Contact Website Price

Everyone Active

Batchwood Golf Course & Sports Centre
Batchwood Dr, St Albans
Herts, AL3 5XA

01727 844250 everyoneactive.com  £22.49 per month.

Everyone Active

Cotlandswick Leisure Centre
341 High St, London Colney
St Albans, Herts, AL2 1EB

01727 220592 everyoneactive.com £18.74 per month.

Everyone Active

Harpenden Leisure Centre
Leyton Rd, Harpenden
Herts, AL5 2HU

01582 767722   everyoneactive.com  £32.24 per month.

Everyone Active

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre
Holywell Hill, St Albans
Herts, AL1 2DJ

01727 736 080 everyoneactive.com  £32.24 per month.

Stevenage

Provider Contact Website Price

Everyone Active

Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre
Lytton Way, Stevenage
Herts, SG1 1LZ

01438 579390 or
stevenagehealthyhub@ everyoneactive.com
everyoneactive.com £22.49 per month.

Three Rivers

Provider Contact Website Price

Active Watford and Three Rivers

Enquire for address (addresses can vary e.g. GP surgeries, Watford FC stadium, community centres, etc.)

07710 096 398 or Alison.Goodchild@ watfordfc.com watfordfccsetrust.com FREE.

Everyone Active

South Oxhey Leisure Centre
Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey
Watford, Herts, WD19 7AX

020 8428 4954 everyoneactive.com £22.49 per month for 6 months. 

Everyone Active

William Penn Leisure Centre
Shepherds Lane, Mill End
Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 8JN

01923 771050 everyoneactive.com £32.24 per month for 6 months. 

Watford

Provider Contact Website Price

Everyone Active

Watford Central Leisure Centre
Peace Prospect, Watford
Herts, WD17 3HA

0192 329 6750 everyoneactive.com £22.49 per month.

Everyone Active

Watford Woodside Leisure Centre
Horseshoe Lane, Garston
Watford, Herts, WD25 7HH

020 8428 4954 everyoneactive.com £22.49 per month.

Active Watford & Three Rivers

Enquire for address (addresses can vary e.g., GP surgeries, Watford FC Stadium, Community centres etc.)

07710 096 398 or alison.goodchild@watfordfc.com watfordfccsetrust.com FREE.

Welwyn / Hatfield

Provider Contact Website Price

Better (GLL)

Hatfield Swim Centre
Lemsford Road, Hatfield
Herts, AL10 0DH

01707 629660 or
Healthwise.Welwyn Hatfield@gll.org 
better.org.uk £25 per month.

Better (GLL)

Hatfield Leisure Centre
Travellers Ln, Hatfield, AL10 8TJ

01707 629596 or
Healthwise.Welwyn Hatfield@gll.org 
better.org.uk £25 per month or £5 PAYG.

Get in touch…

For further details about Exercise Referal, please contact Sarah Keen: s.keen2@herts.ac.uk