Exercise by Referral

What is the Exercise by Referral scheme?

Our Exercise by Referral scheme aims to increase exercise and activity for people who want to improve their health. It is aimed at people who currently do either no or very little physical activity but who are motivated to do more.

To participate on the scheme, you must be aged over 19 and make an appointment with your GP who will decide with you whether you can be referred to the scheme.

You may see other health professionals such as practice nurses, weight management advisors, stop smoking advisors, community mental health staff, hospital staff, physiotherapist – and they can also refer you.

Once you have been referred, we will contact you by letter to arrange your first 1:1 appointment to talk about your referral and plan an exercise programme that is best suited for you and your personal needs and interests with realistic goals agreed. Activities can include: gym, Zumba, swimming (Swimfit), pilates, Forever Active, aquacise, chair based exercise, group exercises, walking for health, low impact circuit training and cardiac rehabilitation.

The scheme will last for a 12-week period and a development record will be issued to you so you can record your activity sessions. You will also be given an activity leaflet which will provide all the essential information about where you can attend group sessions, supervised classes and any of the individual activities on offer.

Health Referral Flyer


Our Exercise by Referral scheme currently offers two sessions per week free of charge for the first 12 weeks. Anyone referred can attend more than twice a week. Additional sessions are charged at a significantly discounted rate to support all, including vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

The free or discounted sessions are:  

  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Chair Based Exercise
  • Low Impact Circuit Training
  • Dicky Tickers; Feel The Beat
  • Cardio Club
  • Walking for Health


  • People who are in receipt of Council Housing Benefit / Council Tax Benefit will pay £2.90 per session
  • People not in receipt of any benefits will be charged £3.70 for the same sessions


Participating venues and suitable exercise sessions include:

  • Dronfield Sports Centre
  • Sharley Park Leisure Centre
  • Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre
  • Killamarsh Sports Centre

More Information

For more information about the Exercise by Referral scheme, please telephone 01246 217208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.