The Leeds Let’s get Active scheme starts at the end of September.
It’s open to all, but the sessions are aimed especially at encouraging those who currently do little or no regular sport or physical exercise.images-3

The Leeds Let’s Get Active scheme will see one off-peak hour each day made available at every Leeds City Council-managed leisure centre in the city for free gym and swimming sessions. In addition to the core one-hour session, an additional hour each day will also be available at the John Charles Centre for Sport as well as Armley and Fearnville leisure centres, while at Middleton Leisure Centre a total of two hours of free activities including exercise classes and racket sports will be on offer.

Running alongside the free offer in leisure centres, community sport sessions such as running, walking and family-orientated activities will take place mainly in parks.

The scheme will run for 18 months until March 2015 and is being funded through a total of £1million match-funding by Leeds public health and Sport England through the National Lottery, plus an additional £60,000 from Leeds City Council’s public health budget.

Leeds Let’s Get Active is for fun! But it’s also another attempt by the Labour Council to address health problems and inequalities in the city.

Alongside it, research will take place with GP practices and public health service providers about how the project can support those referred to physical activity schemes.
The project will strengthen ties between sport and health services, with links to health checks and advice on healthy life-styles being offered. It also aims to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the city, increasing participation in regular exercise and cutting the cost of physical inactivity which is estimated by Sport England to cost Leeds as a city £10.4m every year.

The scheme is part of Labour’s drive to make Leeds the best and most active big city in England. It’s a leading example of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games for the city.

The pre-registration has now begun, reinforced by a roadshow which will be touring one-stop shops and other venues in the city over the next month encouraging people to sign up.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Labour executive member for health and wellbeing said:
“We are now just weeks away from start of Leeds Let’s Get Active and we are really excited about people of all ages and back- grounds signing up and wanting to get involved.
“This scheme offers the chance to make a real difference not only to people’s lives but also to the broader health and economic wellbeing of the whole city, so we are encouraging as many people as possible to sign up to take part.”
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Labour executive member for leisure and skills said:
“The possibilities around this scheme are fantastic but the first thing is for people to pre-register and it would be great to start as we mean to go on with sessions packed out with people having fun and getting fit. We are calling on everyone to help spread the word and make Leeds Let’s Get Active a wonderful success.”

The scheme begins officially on 30 September. But you can pre-register now. For more details and to pre-register for Leeds Let’ s Get Active visit

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UPDATE This Post was posted in 2013. Many people continue to view it – so here is the latest information from the Leeds Let’s get Active website.

“What is Leeds Let’s Get Active?    

A programme to encourage people who do not do any physical activity to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity, once a week. Leeds Let’s Get Active supports inactive people becoming active through the provision of free access to leisure centre and community sports and activities within a supportive and welcoming environment. The opportunity is available citywide, and open to all.

What is the offer?
Free use of all Leeds City Council leisure centres during selected activity sessions, daily. Typically one free hour every day (off peak) with an additional hour per day for 4 leisure centres:  John Charles Centre for Sport, Armley, Fearnville and Middleton leisure centres. The free offer is gym and swim, except at Middleton, where a bespoke programme has been developed including fitness classes and a variety of racket sports available.   The offer may change as the programme develops.  Free use of community multi-sport sessions: activities will include beginners’ running, Health Walks and Active Family multi-sport activities and will be delivered in community park settings.”
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