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Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre

Due to the opening of Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre, we’re experiencing a high volume of phone calls. You can find out about facilities, prices and timetables on the Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre webpages.

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The health practitioner /referral scheme offers the opportunity to access appropriate exercise settings to help you increase your activity levels. This could be regardless of your age, fitness levels or medical history.

It is safe and appropriate for almost anyone to be physically active. Physical Activity forms part of the treatment pathway for many illnesses, including diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

If you are concerned about your health and are currently inactive then book an appointment with your GP who will refer you to an appropriate leisure centre, Healthy Hub Park or Action Heart.

Who is this scheme for?

To access the scheme you will be referred by a health care professional. The scheme is for people who are sedentary & possessing one or more of the following conditions:

  • Family history of coronary heart disease (CHD)
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight/obese
  • Hypertensive
  • Smoker
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/stress
  • High cholesterol
  • People who require more supervision
  • Inactive

If you have three or more conditions you may be referred to Action Heart.

What are the benefits of becoming more active?

Being more active can help:

  • Make you feel more energetic and lively
  • Form part of the treatment pathway for many illnesses
  • Improve your health and body shape
  • Keep your muscles and bones strong
  • Provide you with a sense of achievement
  • Help achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Keep your joints mobile
  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Provide an opportunity to meet new friends or renew acquaintances

How much exercise do I need to do to keep healthy?

The Department of Health recommends the following: 

  • Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.
  • Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.
  • Adults should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
  • All adults should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods.

Individual physical and mental capabilities should be considered when interpreting the guidelines.

What does the scheme entitle me to?

The scheme allows you to access selected activities in a safe environment for a 12 month period. Those referred will be entitled to access Crystal, Dudley and Halesowen leisure centres and the new Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre when it opens late January 2022.

You will receive an in-depth gym induction and personal exercise programme. The programme of gym exercise will be designed specifically for you by a trained exercise instructor, taking your medical history into consideration.

Activities available include:

  • Unlimited public swimming (excluding the leisure pool at Crystal Leisure Centre)
  • Unlimited gym use (includes a free gym induction) and regular programme reviews
  • Unlimited fitness classes (facility run)
  • Unlimited use of the running track at The Dell Stadium at selected times
  • Seven-day advance telephone and online leisure bookings for fitness classes, badminton, squash, racketball, and five-a-side
  • Unlimited sauna access at Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre (from Monday 24 January 2022)
  • Unlimited use of the Wellness/Toning Suite at Halesowen Leisure Centre
  • Unlimited use of the Wellness/Toning Suite at Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre (from Monday 24 January 2022)

*Terms and conditions apply 

How much will the health/practitioner referral scheme cost me?

The scheme costs £20 per month or £220 per year (12 months for the price of 11) and is a 12 month referral.

You will hopefully feel the benefits of exercising and participating in this scheme, therefore you are entitled to speak to your health practitioner who may allow you another 12 month referral to the scheme. Alternatively, you can pay as you go to access the facilities.

 

How long does the scheme last for?

The scheme allows access to the leisure centres for up to 12 months from the date of joining.

You will hopefully feel the benefits of exercising and participating in this scheme, therefore you are entitled to speak to your health practitioner who may allow you another 12 month referral to the scheme. Alternatively, you can pay as you go to access the facilities.

You will not be accepted on to this scheme if you currently hold or have held a membership at Crystal, Dudley or Halesowen leisure centres within the last 6 months.

Eligibility criteria

To join the scheme you will need to:

  • be registered with a Dudley GP, work in Dudley or live in Dudley
  • not meet the recommendation to be active for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, every week
  • see a doctor, nurse or other referrer and complete the referral
  • the leisure centre will contact you to arrange an induction
  • complete your application at the centre choosing Direct Debit or pay as you go
  • cannot be an existing customer or used the centres within the previous 6 months