Residents get walking, cycling and swimming with exercise referral scheme

Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason with Gym Manager Phil Clark and Dr Neil Fraser

A new exercise referral scheme will get residents with a long term health condition moving with specifically tailored gym classes, walking, cycling and swimming activities.

The referral scheme has been launched at East Leake Leisure Centre by Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council, supporting residents to develop a regular exercise routine.

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Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Leisure Cllr Debbie Mason attended the launch of the scheme with local GP Dr Neil Fraser.

She said: “It is great to be working with East Leake Leisure Centre and Rushcliffe CCG to create this referral scheme which will make such a positive impact on resident’s lives.

“It is designed for those who may not consider partaking in regular exercise so residents who are referred will be given all the support and guidance they need.”

There are a range of classes and activities available and a personalised exercise plan will be developed during a one-to-one initial assessment with a qualified exercise instructor.

Dr Fraser, lead for Long Term Conditions in Rushcliffe said: “We are proud to launch this scheme in East Leake, supporting residents in need by introducing exercise into their daily lives and helping them attain healthier lifestyles.

“Increasing physical levels of activity has lots of benefits including increased bone density, lowering blood pressure, improving mobility, cholesterol, mood and lung function, as well as reducing stress and anxiety and increasing energy levels.”

To find out more about the scheme and to check the eligibility criteria please contact East Leake Leisure Centre on 01509 852956 or speak to your GP practice.