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"Active Start" is an exercise on prescripton scheme whereby patients are referred to the leisure centre for exercise programmes by their doctor or other health professional. Most of the local surgeries, hospitals and physiotherapy departments within the Crediton, Tiverton and Cullompton areas are registered and refer patients to us.

Patients whose conditions could improve or be supported by the benefits of exercise are referred by their doctor or other health professional to one of the three leisure centres. A team of specially qualified fitness instructors run the Active Start Scheme, that operates as follows:

  • health professional refers the patient, giving them all the relevant information
  • the patient contacts their nearest centre to make an initial appointment with a specialist instructor
  • the instructor assesses the patients needs and designs them a personalised exercise programme, usually in the fitness studio
  • at a second appointment the instructor goes through the exercise programme and introduces the relevant equipment through a one to one induction session
  • the patient is closely supervised during the first four appointments in the fitness studio, and their 12 week exercise programme begins
  • for the remaining weeks the patient continues to attend the instructor supervised sessions in the company of other patients and with support and advice close at hand 
  • at the end of the 12 weeks a one to one re-assessment enables the instructor to recommend an exercise plan for the future that could be continued supervised support, or the completion of the gym induction so the patient can continue unassisted to use the fitness studio during public sessions.

Many patients referred for a wide variety of reasons have now become regular customers whose conditions and quality of life have been improved by including exercise, tailored to their needs, into their lives.

If you feel you could benefit from this scheme, ask your local doctor if you would be eligible for referral.


Attendance only by referral from health professional registered with this scheme.
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