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Our Active Health Exercise Referral scheme is a great way for people with long term health conditions to increase physical activity levels and improve health. The 12-week scheme works with local healthcare professionals providing a service where inactive residents can be referred to lead a more active, healthy lifestyle.

The range of activities available includes the gym, swimming and exercise classes with 1:1 supported sessions provided throughout by a qualified Exercise Referral instructor. Regular physical activity can benefit your heart health, manage your weight, improve your muscle and joint functions, and positively affect your mind. Not only will it help you manage and control existing conditions, but it will help protect you from developing other health complications too.

Who will benefit?

Exercise can have a very positive impact on your health and wellbeing, with the scheme providing the perfect opportunity to make a lifestyle change. Whatever your age, there is strong evidence that leading a physically active lifestyle can help you lead a healthier and happier life.

Exercise can have many benefits both physical and psychological, providing improvement in conditions such as:

  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Mental Health i.e. mild to moderate depression
  • Stress / Anxiety Management
  • Hypertension, controlling blood pressure
  • Coronary Heart Disease prevention
  • Diabetes Type 1 & 2
  • Weight Loss / Weight Management
  • Osteo / Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Musco-Skeletal

How the GP Referral Scheme operates

A healthcare professional such as a GP will refer patients by issuing them with an Exercise Referral form to be taken to their local club. This referral form gives details of any medical problems the patient may have which will need consideration when the Exercise Referral Instructor is formulating an appropriate course of exercise. The patient will then contact the relevant club to arrange their initial consultation.

Initial Consultation

The patient's first visit to the club will be in the form of an Initial Consultation. This will give them the opportunity to meet their instructor and become familiar with the facilities. Starter forms will be filled in after a review of the patient’s medical needs and preferences, and an induction will take place on the fitness equipment. At this consultation the patient will undergo their first fitness assessment - this test is repeated after 6 and 12 weeks to assess the patient's improvement.

Exercise Programmes

At the following appointment an exercise programme will be devised by one of our instructors and the patient will be given an attendance card to record their visits and progress over the 12 week period. The Instructor will be happy to go through the different activities that are available to you throughout the 12-weeks, with review sessions available at 6 and 12 weeks.

Cost

Discounted rates will be offered to patients on the programme and further incentives will be given to encourage them to continue exercising after their 12 week course has been completed. To get started on the scheme contact your local healthcare professional to receive a Exercise Referral form and for any further information please use the contact details below for the relevant club.

The Park Club Milton: 01235 206777 or

The Park Club Chatham: A Better Medway on 01634 333720 or . Alternatively you can contact the site on 01634 565349

The Park Club Ashford: Kent Community Health on 0300 123 1220 or . Alternatively you can contact the site on 01233 229909

Willowbrook Leisure Centre: 01235 812058 or

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What do I do if I have lost my membership card?

If you lose your membership card, please talk to a member of our team on reception and we will replace it for you at a cost of £2.50. If your card breaks due to wear and tear we will replace it for you free of charge.

Do you offer a joint membership?

We currently only have joint memberships available at our Milton club. For more information regarding this please contact the club for more information.

Can I transfer my membership to another person?

Yes, we offer the option to transfer your membership to another person; this can be done in club. All you will need to do is arrange an appointment to meet with one of our team with the person you are transferring your membership to. Please state that you are wishing to transfer a membership.

Can I suspend my membership?

Yes, you can suspend your membership, whether you are within your minimum contract term or not. A suspension can be actioned for up to 6 months with no charge if you have completed your minimum contract term. If you are still within your contract term, there is a £5 administration charge per month of the suspension which is taken by direct debit. If you are still within your contract term, the months that you suspend for will be added to the end of your contract to ensure that the minimum term is honoured. If you pay by direct debit please call Debit Finance on 01908 422007 or e-mail info@debitfinance.co.uk. If you pay for your membership upfront please contact your club directly or e-mail info@soll-leisure.co.uk.

How do I cancel my Direct Debit membership?

If you have completed your minimum term contract we require one months notice. Please call Debit Finance on 01908 422007 or e-mail info@debitfinance.co.uk. If you are within your contract you can cancel upon providing proof for medical reasons or relocation and giving one months notice.

Can I bring a guest into the club?

Yes, you can bring a guest into the club using one of the complimentary guest passes provided in your welcome pack. Alternatively they can purchase a guest pass through reception.

Can I join online?

Yes you can join online via the Get Started section of our website.

How old do I have to be to join?

The minimum age to join on an inclusive membership is 16 for all clubs.

We do offer student and teen memberships at a certain clubs. Please contact your nearest club for more information.

Are classes included in my membership?

Yes classes are included in your membership, for a full list of current classes please visit your local clubs home page on the website.

Do you offer a joint membership?

We currently only have joint memberships available at our Milton club. For more information regarding this please click here or contact the club for more information.

Do I need to fill out a health questionnaire when visiting?

All new customers/members visiting the club must read and sign to agree to our health commitment statement prior to exercise.

Do I need to book an induction to use your club?

If you have used a gym before you can sign a waiver to opt out of an induction. This will be discussed at the time of joining. If you joined online a member of our team will be in contact to discuss.

How to register for online booking?

To book online you will need to visit our timetable pages and click on the online booking link, select help, how to register and create your account then follow the relevant steps, if you are an existing member, you will need to create an account.

How to make an online booking

  1. From within the search panel.
  2. Select activities, classes or courses.
  3. Select the correct site.
  4. Select the activity, class or course.
  5. Select the date for your chosen activity, class or course.
  6. Select the from time.
  7. Select the to time.
  8. Select the number of spaces to book.
  9. Select search.
  10. Add your class to your basket by selecting the corresponding basket icon.
  11. Read and accept our Terms and Conditions and select checkout.
  12. Select confirm booking.
  13. To print a copy of your booking confirmation, select print receipt.

How to cancel a booking made online?

  • Sign in and click "Account History".
  • The bookings you have made in a certain time frame (this can be changed by selecting a different option from the drop-down box) will now be displayed and separated into "Activities", "Classes", "Courses" and "Unpaid".
  • To cancel a booking select the site the booking was made at and click the red "X".
  • The booking will then disappear from your account history .

Do members have to book classes in advance?

Yes, members and guests must book onto all group exercise classes. We reserve the right to cancel any classes with low attendance. Classes can be booked 2 days in advance.

I can't log into my account, what do I do?

If you can't log into your account please contact us directly on onlinebooking@parkclub.co.uk

I've forgotten my password, what do I need to do?

If you have forgotten your password simply go onto the log on section on the top right of the online booking page, and select forgotten password.

I’m interested in personal training, what do I need to do?

You can find more about the clubs Personal Trainers through the clubs homepage or in club. Once you’ve selected a trainer whose skills best match your fitness goal, you can book and pay for a session through them directly.

Will someone help me to show me the machines or give me a programme?

You can book an induction with one of team, who will show you how to use the equipment, alternatively you can book to have a programme written or reviewed. We do have Personal Trainers at each of our clubs. For more information please visit your nearest clubs home page.

What should I wear to the gym?

Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. We also advise you bring a towel and water bottle with you.

Do I need to fill out a health questionnaire when visiting?

All new customers/members visiting the club must read and accept our health commitment statement prior to exercise.

I'm interested in personal training, what do I need to do?

You can find more about the clubs Personal Trainers through the clubs homepage or in club. Once you've selected a trainer whose skills best match your fitness goal, you can book and pay for a session through them directly.

Do members have to book classes in advance?

Classes can be booked 2 days in advance. Please ensure you book your space. Morning classes require a minimum of 3 people booked. Lunchtime and evening classes require a minimum of 5 people booked. Bookings can be made online. Please see out frequently asked questions about online booking or visit the online booking page on our website.

What should I bring to my exercise class?

We advise you bring a towel and water with you.

If I arrive a bit late for a class can I still go in?

If you arrive late and your instructor feels that the session has progressed too far for you to join in safely, he or she may ask you to join another session.

Where do I find the class timetable?

Please see your clubs homepage. Timetables can also be viewed in club.

I'm new to classes. Are there any I shouldn't do?

We offer a wide range of classes to suit all abilities. Your class instructor will advise you on what you should or shouldn't do.

Are classes included in my membership?

Yes classes are included within your membership, for the list of classes please see your clubs homepage.

Do you offer a towel service?

Currently only our Milton site offers a towel service, for more information regarding this please see the clubs homepage.

How long do I get car parking?

Each club offers free car parking however some are limited to two hours. For more information regarding this please see your clubs homepage.

I’ve lost some property in the club, what will happen to it?

All lost property is held within the club for a limited time, please contact the club directly or visit reception regarding this.

How does my card work?

Your membership card gives you access to the club. Simply scan the barcode on the reader and this will activate the gates.