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Exercise Referral

Exercise referral is when a medical professional refers the patient to an exercise programme.

An Overview of Exercise Referral

The Exercise (Health) Referral scheme is designed to aid individuals (adults aged 16 or over) who have been identified by their GP or other health professional to take up the benefits of participation in enjoyable exercise.

There are two schemes, one covering Leicestershire and Rutland and one covering Leicester City.

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

  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • back pain
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • heart condition
  • high cholesterol
  • osteoporosis
  • obesity


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


For more information and local contacts/welcome packs, visit www.lrsport.org/exercisereferral

Find Exercise Referral Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

NHS England

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

Shambala Yoga

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

Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club

Rugby & Northampton AC is an all-age, all-ability club, promoting recreational and competitive athletics within the community. If you are interested in track and field, cross country, road running - or just fitness - we could be just what you are after.


Bhangra is a traditional folk dance from the Punjab in India . We use powerful moves from Bhangra for this amazing calorie blazing fitness workout. BhangraBlaze has been developed by a fitness instructor of 20 years experience utilising his fitness and bo


Inspire2tri was born from a passion to help people realise personal sporting and fitness achievements, whatever their starting point, goals, ambitions or ‘life’ challenges. We are a NFP Community Interest Company.

R.T.C.S Enterprise C.I.C

At our Uppingham allotment sites we use gardening to get fit and feel great.

Chapel Health & Fitness Studio Ltd

Small Gym located in the Coalville Area.

Catmose Sports Centre

Catmose Sports Centre is a superb sports and fitness centre set in the grounds of Catmose College.


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.


RideWise is a charity dedicated to supporting and enabling the use of sustainable forms of transport. We inspire and support people and organisations to travel more frequently by bikes, trams, trains, buses, walking, cycling, carsharing and even electric

Walking Football

Walking Football

This is a minimal contact sport for over 50s for those unable to play running football due to fitness and health levels.
If you're still fit enough for normal soccer then, well done but this club probably isn’t for you.
Please arrive 30 mins earlier than KO for: Rules, regs, subs, pitch set up, allocate teams and WARM-UP (to reduce injuries!) and so ensure we have a full hour. Subs: Mondays 6.30-7pm £4/£3, Tuesdays & Fridays 11am-12noon £2. WF Club formed in 2015.

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Online sessions for members of Born to Perform Dance School to keep active and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For children and adults with disabilities.

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Born to Perform Dance Online Sessions

Online sessions for members of Born to Perform Dance School to keep active and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For children and adults with disabilities.

Contact your Local Exercise Referral Co-ordinator



  • Leicestershire County Council
    Active Rutland
    H&B LSA
    Melton LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
  • O&W LSA
    Active Partnerships
    Harborough LSA
    Blaby LSA


    Charnwood LSA
  • Sport England
    H&B LSA
  • Active Rutland
  • O&W LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Melton LSA
    Active Leicester
  • Harborough LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Partnerships