Community Exercise

Closure of University sports facilities

In line with the government's recent announcement we closed all University sports facilities, and the programmes that operate within them, as of 4th of January 2021. All facilities will remain closed until further noticeas per government restrictions. 

B:Active Community Exercise is a supported exercise programme for residents of our local community. It offers guided classes and social sessions particularly suited for those with any health or mobility issues.

There are 3 separate payment method options for your new Community Exercise membership. It can be paid for by monthly direct debit, giving you the option to cancel with just 30 days notice, or purchased annually, which offers you an annual saving equal to 3 months membership vs paying monthly.  The 3rd option of PAYG allows you to access individual sessions for a cost of £6 per session.

Your membership allows you unlimited access to the Community Exercise class programme, so the more you go, the more you save, and it eliminates the need to purchase PAYG sessions at the reception desk, saving you time too. 

By signing up to the membership with us, it will allow you to book classes a week ahead whereas PAYG members will only be able to access sessions on the day if there is space.

Please note, there is a joining fee equivalent to one month's membership for new members who take our a pay monthly membership.  Annual payments do not incur a joining fee.

Class descriptions

Aerobics In this fun session we put together various dance-based moves into a short routine designed to improve cardiovascular endurance, coordination and agility. During the class, your instructor will offer varying levels of intensity to suit different abilities, from the beginner to the more energetic! In addition, mat-based floor work will include core strengthening exercises and stretching (chair-based alternatives available). 

Badminton Social badminton session for all abilities.

Balance This session is particularly suitable for newcomers to exercise, especially those who would like to improve their balance or who may be affected by arthritis or osteoporosis. The aim of this class is to help reduce the incidence of falls by improving participants’ balance skills, coordination, muscle strength, posture and general mobility levels. The warm-up is chair-based and there is no floor work involved (chair-based alternatives available).

Circuits This class takes an interval training approach - exercise stations are set up around the studio alternating between cardiovascular (heart) and resistance (strength & endurance) exercises. Participants spend up to 1 minute on each exercise with a 30-second break in between. The benefit of interval training is that we can work at higher intensities but for a very short duration. Everyone can work to their own level, from the beginner to the more advanced exerciser. The class concludes with mat-based floor work for core strengthening and stretching (chair-based alternatives available).

Guided Gym You can use the equipment in the gym under close supervision from one of our specialist instructors. 

Gym Use the equipment in the gym without supervision. 

Move & Relax This is a more advanced balance class working on ‘dynamic postural control’, drawing on elements of tai chi, dance, Pilates and yoga. The aim is to improve balance skills, core strength, posture in motion, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. The class concludes with floor-based exercises and restorative relaxation to rejuvenate and refresh.

Move & Tone This body conditioning class includes low impact, aerobics based movement with the option of using light hand weights to increase the intensity. The movements used reflect everyday functional activities – pushing, pulling, reaching and stepping. The pace is slightly slower than the Aerobics session to encourage the full range of movement and optimal body alignment. We also use balls and resistance bands to challenge coordination, muscular strength and endurance. This is an all-round workout which includes some floor-based conditioning exercises and stretching.

Pilates This is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasises proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.

Swimming Supervised by lifeguards but no instructor.

Yoga Improve your flexibility, strength and coordination as well as learning breathing and relaxation techniques. This class aims to leave you feeling calm, energised and balanced. The class consists of standing postures and mat based floor work (some seated alternatives can be offered). Suitable for beginners to yoga as well as those with some experience.

Health statement form

Please complete and return our community exercise health statement (PDF, 476kB) to the Indoor Sports Centre reception

Any questions?


Terms and conditions

View and dowload a copy of our full terms and conditions (PDF, 766kB)

Here's a handy guide (PDF, 139kB) to remember some of the key points relating to behaviour, membership and cancellations.

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