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Exercise Referral

Exercise Referral is traditionally a 12 week programme of personalised physical activity support for people with specific health conditions.

An Overview of Exercise Referral

Exercise (Health) Referral is one of several programmes part of the Active Referral Scheme.

Qualified exercise professionals create a safe and effective physical activity programme tailored to a participants needs and goals.

Exercise Referral is available to people aged 16 years and over with an existing health condition that could be improved by physical activity.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions you could be eligible for the Exercise Referral Scheme:

  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back pain
  • coronary heart disease
  • COPD
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • osteoporosis
  • obesity
  • stress

You'll need to ask your GP to be referred.

**Please note there is typically a cost to access these services in Leicestershire. Please contact local co-ordinator for full details**

Full eligibility details can be found by clicking here


Physical Activity can play an important role in preventing and managing health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, mental health problems, musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

Exercise can have a positive effect on well-being and mood, providing a sense of achievement or relaxation and release from daily stress.

  • Greater social cohesion by helping people to socialise, providing a means of getting involved with the community
  • Increasing how much physical activity someone does can significantly improve both their physical and mental well-being and reduce illnesses and disease throughout life
  • It can also improve life expectancy
  • Being active improves sleep, enhances quality of life and well-being
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases concentration levels
  • Improves balance, co-ordination and cardiovascular fitness
  • Increases self-confidence


**Please note, there is typically a cost to access these services in Leicestershire. Please contact local co-ordinator for full details**


For more information and local contacts/welcome packs, visit https://www.active-together.org/activereferral

Find Exercise Referral Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

Couch to 5K

NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just 9 weeks.

Let's Get Moving Champions

We share the stories of how local residents of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland use physical activity and exercise to improve their health and wellbeing.

Better Health

Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support.

We Are Undefeatable

When you’re managing a long term health condition, being active is about finding what works for you.

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

Contact Name
NHS England
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
0300 311 22 33

Live Well Leicester

At Live Well Leicester we are fully committed to supporting out local communities in Leicester to become, happier, healthier and fitter.

Get Yourself Active Project

Get Yourself Active Project

Get Yourself Active provides information, advice, and guidance's to disabled people looking to be more active. We work closely with providers offering actives such as gardening all the way to rock climbing.

CLASH 2012

CLASH 2012

CLASH (Community Leicestershire Arthritis Self Help) is a user led charity that offers MSK/Arthritis health promotion sessions for anyone with arthritis/undiagnosed aches and pains at Dock.

Sports U

Sports U

SportsInU provides instructors and services such as Boxercise, Football, Dance/exercise to music, Basketball, Mix Martial Arts and seated exercise activities to keep people healthy and fit.

Afro Aquatics Association

Afro Aquatics
More than just swimming!
Empowers the Black community to be healthy, happy and confident swimmers

WALX Leicester East

WALX Leicester East

WALX is a walking club with a unique twist. Our WALX Masters, Coaches and Guides are professional, qualified and passionate about making your WALX unforgettable! Turn your walk into a safe, sociable workout! We lead guided walks and fitness activities inc


At our brand new exercise studio in Birstall, we provide great work-outs for all, personal training in small groups, a range of Pilates classes and more! We are interested in the science of fitness. As well as making you feel good.

Active Oadby & Wigston

Active Oadby & Wigston

Active Oadby & Wigston

Enderby Lawn Tennis Club

Enderby Lawn Tennis Club

Play tennis all year round on our three all weather floodlit courts. Book a court online on our website and enjoy a game today.

We are a small friendly tennis club that includes players of all ages and abilities.

Shambala Yoga

Shambala Yoga

We provide Online Yoga and Meditations to small groups and 1:1 clients as well as looking after our corporate clients

Sport in Desford

Sport in Desford

The Charity’s objects (“the objects”) are the promotion of community participation within the village of Desford and its environs in healthy recreation, in particular by the provision of facilities for playing bowls, tennis, squash, football, recrea

My Tribe

My Tribe

Womens Circuit Classes and Bootcamps
Pre and postnatal fitness classes and postnatal rehabilitation courses. Babies and children welcome

Walking Life Coach

Walking Life Coach

Life Coaching in the great outdoors! Give your physical activity and mental health a boost today. Sessions can be delivered face to face or online. Focus on your successes, challenges, opportunities!

Loughborough Karate Academy

Loughborough Karate Academy

Coaching in authentic Shito ryu & WKF Olympic-style sport karate/Self Defence/Fitness by 6th&4th dan Male & Female Sport/Karate Coaches DBS qualified, Insured. English, British & WKF World qualified officials. WKF is the IOC recognised body for karate.



Bhangra Fusion Fitness is a cardio workout programme with a difference. Using a combination of traditional bhangra moves and bolly themed routines, members get a great fun energetic way to stay active and fit.
Classes are for adults and children.

Andy Brotherton

Andy Brotherton

Personal Trainer and group exercise instructor offering exercise sessions and advise through YouTube.

North West Leicestershire Health & Wellbeing

North West Leicestershire Health & Wellbeing

The purpose of The North West Leicestershire Physical Activity team is to improve the health of residents by increasing physical activity opportunities.

Teknik Dance Academy

Teknik Dance Academy

Royal Academy of Dance classes in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
From the preschool curriculum, syllabus classes for 5 years plus and our Silver Swans for adults (also available in Market Bosworth).
Technical Dance Training with ex professional Kim Bamfor

Lutterworth Pilates

Lutterworth Pilates runs a number or daytime, evening & private or one to one Pilates classes from the studio in Lutterworth. Taking individual bookings and referrals from physical therapists.

Waist Management

Medical referral specialist dealing with doctors exercise referral to specialist classes including Cancer, Pulmonary, Diabetes, Cardiac and Fall Prevention

Chapel Health & Fitness Studio Ltd

Small Gym located in the Coalville Area.

Survivors on a River

Survivors on a River

SOAR UK is a cancer support group with a difference. We are a all cancer survivors dragon boat team who aim to demonstrate the positives effect regular exercise can bring whilst supporting you socially in a way only a truly inclusive sport like ours can

Big Bums and Little Bums Ltd

Group fitness classes that aim to help you move and smile more, whatever your age or fitness level.

Including Broadway Boogie, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Soulsa and Clubbercise.

Based in Melton Mowbray.

Melton Sport & Health Alliance

Melton Sport & Health Alliance

Providing Sport, Physical Activity and Health Opportunities for individuals and groups in and around the Melton Borough.

Bowls Development Alliance

Bowls Development Alliance

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) is the body for Bowls England & English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.

"Working with flat green clubs to help them and the bowlers within them develop more resilient habits to ensure a stronger sport, the benefits

Yoga With Una

General Yoga classes and small specialised groups, in hall and online. I believe that virtually anyone can practise Yoga in its true sense - which is to bring the Mind, Body and Spirit into balance - regardless of their size, age, and ability. Pre/Postna

Rocket Holiday Camps

Rocket Holiday Camps

Our Holiday clubs are 3 camps in 1, with stage, sports and solve, there is guaranteed to be an activity your child will love! We bring children together in fun, safe and active environments where they can try many activities and learn new skills

Finding Balance

Finding Balance integrates deep breathing and relaxation with the gentle movement of Tai Chi and Qigong. It is a health-promoting exercise that increases well-being, balance and mobility; and decreases stress. We give choice about how to progress in learn

Physical Activity Referral Sessions (Melton)

Physical Activity Referral Sessions (Melton)

A range of physical activity referral sessions taking place throughout Melton.

Tai Chi in the Park

Tai Chi in the Park

Tai Chi with Qigong

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Blaby Co-ordinator

Darren Farish

phone 0116 272 7703


Charnwood Co-ordinator

Nicola Small



Contact your Local Exercise Referral Co-ordinator


Harborough Co-ordinator

Kate Gardiner

07818 580419


Hinckley & Bosworth Co-ordinator

Julie Mansfield

07990 136242


Leicester City

Live Well Leicester

0116 454 4000


Melton Co-ordinator

David Hayton-Hill

07896 856258


North West Leicestershire Co-ordinator

Tom Bodle

01530 454839


Oadby & Wigston Co-ordinator

Lucy Mug

07464 901190


Rutland Co-ordinator

Jo Roberts

07966 535760