Gym Based Exercise Programmes

Following the initial assessment most people are able to exercise in the gym if they would like to, you do not need any previous gym experience. However, your safety is paramount and for some the equipment may not be suitable. If necessary and appropriate you may have one-to-one sessions for a period of time. Once you become more confident you can access the Exercise Referral Supervision sessions or exercise completely independently.

For many people, attending the gym offers a more flexible Exercise Referral Programme as you are able to come in at times other than the class sessions (including evenings and weekends). For those who prefer not to exercise in a group situation, such as the circuit-based classes, a gym programme may also be more suitable.

Supervised Gym Sessions

Monday11.00 - 13.00
Wednesday11.00 - 13.00
Friday11.00 - 13.00

(please check times prior to attending as they may be subject to change)

Exercise Referral Classes

Circuit Based Classes
These classes aim to increase both aerobic capacity, muscular strength and flexibility. This will improve overall exercise tolerance and your ability to do normal everyday activities. The classes offer a variety of exercises around the room which can be adapted to allow for individual ability; this allows you to exercise at your own pace within a structured and supervised environment. These classes are based on cardiac rehabilitation classes and are particularly suitable for those with cardiovascular disease and respiratory conditions.

Assisted Exercise Classes
A whole body class aimed at improving function with the option to perform exercises either standing or seated. This class focuses on flexibility, mobility and stamina, particularly suitable for those with chronic pain, dementia and balance problems.

Water Therapy

These classes are particularly suitable for those with joint/musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis or pre/post joint replacement. They are also suitable for clients with fatigue syndromes and deconditioned individuals wishing to address body composition issues. The buoyant environment, along with the resistance of the water, allows participants to achieve greater functional capacity, increase joint motion and develop muscle strength and endurance whilst addressing balance and co-ordination.

These classes are designed as a progressive follow-on from Hydrotherapy sessions. We offer three levels of class: an introductory class, a shallow water class and a more challenging deep water class. We also offer progression through varying the duration of classes from 30 - 45 minutes.

All classes follow sound physiological practice incorporating a warm-up, mobilising exercises, functional and conditioning exercises, using simple equipment, followed by a cool down and stretches to leave you appropriately exercised and energised.

Our pool is kept at a constant 30 degrees and is accessed via our easy-access steps. We have separate men's and women's changing rooms with lockers and hairdryers.

Information For Health Professionals

Patients eligible to be referred

Anyone over the age of 16 who is INACTIVE (does not meet the national guidelines of 30 minutes moderate intensity exercise 5 times a week)

PLUS have one of the following as their reason for referral

Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation*Hypertension
CancerJoint/Mobility/Musculoskeletal Problem
Cardiovascular Disease (including Stroke)Completion of Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III
Neurological ConditionsDiabetes (Type 1 & 2)
Obesity (BMI>30)Family History of CHD
Overweight (BMI>25)Heart Failure
Respiratory ConditionsHigh Cholesterol
SmokerMental Health/Emotional Well-Being


*Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation clients must have attended a treatment plan and be 'clean' from alcohol or drugs. We cannot accept clients who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

How do I refer a patient?

  • Once registered you need to complete and sign a Referral Form along with the client, who then needs to ring the telephone number on the back of the form to start the Referral process.
  • Please ensure all relevant client information is clearly detailed on the referral form i.e. reason for referral, medical history, current blood pressure, and medication.


Your patient must be clinically stable and compliant with their medication. The following medical conditions are excluded from the exercise referral scheme:

Aortic Stenosis
Resting Tachycardia >100
Systolic BP>180mmHg and/or Diastolic BP>100mmHg
Uncontrolled Arrhythmias
Uncontrolled Diabetes
Unstable Angina
Unstable mental health state

How to refer

  • Only registered Health Professionals can make referrals, such as a General Practitioner, Practice Nurse, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist.
  • To register as a referring Health Professional you need to contact the Exercise Referral Team on 0300 123 1240 or email
  • Many surgeries and hospital departments are already registered, so please check beforehand.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?

You need to be referred by a Health Professional such as your GP or physiotherapist. Individuals with various medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, muscular/skeletal problems, mental health problems, neurological conditions, obesity and many other health issues may be referred.

How long does it last?

Approximately 12 weeks, however If you are unable to exercise for some time during this period the 12 weeks may be extended. Most people attend the centre twice a week for between 30-60 minutes a session followed by a cup of tea or coffee.

How do I get referred?

Make an appointment with your GP or other registered Health Professional (i.e. Physiotherapist) who will complete a Referral Form. This will then be passed to you and you will need to telephone the number on the back of this signed Referral Form to register on the Scheme.

What activities are available?
There are various specific Exercise Referral activities available under the scheme - individualised gym programmes, circuit based classes and water therapy classes. Depending on the outcome of your initial assessment your exercise referral could be group based, on a one-to-one basis or you could exercise independently. Additional home based exercise may also be prescribed. If considered appropriate there are many other classes also available at the Centre (Pilates, Yoga, 50+, Chair Based Exercise etc...).

How much does it cost?
The initial fee is £26, this covers your Initial Consultation, Mid-Term Appointment and Finishing Appointment. Each exercise session (regardless of type) costs £4.40 (this includes a free tea or coffee in our Sandwich & Coffee Bar after your exercise).

The Next Step
Once your 12 week period has finished you are eligible for a 20% discount off all membership categories at the King's School Recreation Centre or are able to attend the Centre on a non-member casual basis. You can still access the Exercise Referral team for advice and support if you need to and can also attend some of the Exercise Referral classes on an on-going basis.



Exercise Referral Instructors

Exercise Referral Manager

Steve Castle: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) Level 4, Exercise Specialist in Cancer Rehabilitation Level 4, ACE Personal Trainer, FFI advanced instructor for GP Referrals, ISSA Specialist in Exercise Therapy, City and Guilds Level 3 Assessor

Assistant Manager

Gem Evans: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) Level 4, CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, CYQ Level 3 Personal Training, CYQ Level 3 Sports Massage, CYQ Level 2 Aqua, YMCA Level 2 Gym & Circuits, CYQ Level 2 Indoor Cycling, FIE Level 3 Certificate in Mat Pilates

Exercise Referral Instructors


Amanda Gray: British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) Level 4, CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, CYQ Level 3 Personal Training, CYQ Level 3 Sports Massage, CYQ Level 2 Gym, CYQ Level 2 Indoor Cycling

Josh Latter: CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, CYQ Level 3 Personal Training, CYQ Level 2 Indoor Cycling, LTA Level 2 Tennis Coaching Assistant

Nik Mearns: Active IQ Exercise Referral Level 3, CYQ Level 3 Personal Trainier, YMCA Level 2 Gym & Circuits