Health schemes at your leisure centre

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One of the most important things in life is our own health.  We are all responsible for our own health and making small changes can make a big difference.  Plan a physical activity at least five times a week, with the aim of completing a moderate 30 minute activity every day. 

NERS - Core Stability

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These sessions offer support and encouragement to exercise for those who have been identified with chronic pain of the lower back, after assessment by their health professional.

The sessions take place twice weekly and provide an evidence based exercise programme designed to improve mobility with gentle exercise to develop good posture, strengthen muscles that support the back and get stiff uncomfortable joints moving again.

Led by an L4 Exercise Specialist in back care

NERS Balance and Strength

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If you’ve had a fall in the past or are worried about falling, you may be able to attend our Balance and Strength sessions.  These sessions are run twice a week by our qualified instructors and are designed to reduce the risk of falls.

Balance and Strength sessions will help you to stay independent, stay on your feet and keep mobile. If this sounds like something that might help you, speak to your Falls Specialist Nurse about getting a medical assessment.

NERS Cardio Rehabilitation

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If you have coronary heart disease you may be eligible for our NERS Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation programme. This is a fun 16 week exercise programme for people like you, who want to live a healthier life.

If you’ve recently taken part in Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation, or your GP says that you meet the criteria, you could come and join other like minded people and our qualified instructors at one of our Leisure Centres.

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The scheme can help you to become more active if you are at risk of poor health or have a pre-existing condition and suffer from at least one of the following conditions:

  • Overweight
  • Raised Blood Pressure
  • Raised Cholesterol
  • Controlled Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • CHD Risk Factors

Participating centres:

    Machynlleth (Bro Dyffi)
    Newtown (Maldwyn)
    Welshpool (The Flash)

Contact your nearest participating centre, your practice nurse or your GP for further information.

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Are you aged 50 or over and interested in becoming more active?

Perhaps you're not feeling confident about exercising, or you’ve been inactive for a while and don’t know where to start. Or maybe you already keep fairly active, and want to stay that way.

Either way, the AAA sessions are perfect for you!

You can work at your own pace while our highly qualified instructors advise you. We tailor the sessions to your needs, so you’ll never be forced to overdo it.

Refreshments are provided afterwards free of charge.

Why not give it a go, and make physical activity a regular part of your lifestyle?

Contact your nearest Centre for further information and a list of class times.

Youth Exercise Programme (YEP)

If you’re between 9–15 years old, you could take part in our YEP! sessions. Being active is very important, and so is socialising and feeling good about yourself.

  • improve energy levels
  • manage your weight
  • build a healthier body that looks and feels good
  • improve sport performance
  • learn new skills
  • meet new friends
  • train at your own pace
  • have fun!

We want everybody in Powys to be able to access our fitness and leisure facilities, which is why we’ve introduced Access to Fitness Cards for people who are registered disabled, a former member of the armed forces, or receiving any of the following benefits:

  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • War disablement pension/Service pension (for injury/medical discharge)
  • Or are registered disabled

An Access to Fitness card allows a 50% discount on access to Powys fitness suites and swimming pools during public sessions.

They cannot be used on court hire or any activities that need to be booked.

Contact your nearest Leisure Centre for further information.

Application form

To get an Access To Fitness card, download and complete the application form below and return it to any of our leisure or sports centres.

Download the Access To Fitness application form



MEND Website

MEND 7-13 is a healthy lifestyle programme for 7 to 13 year olds who are above a healthy weight. It involves two x 1- or 2-hour sessions every week for ten weeks.

MEND 7-13 is a family programme, developed by experts.
Parents and carers join their children in each session to learn about how to choose healthier foods and spend more time being active.

It’s run by local teams in local communities.
Sessions run after school or at weekends in Powys leisure centers. Up to 12 families can attend at once.

MEND 7-13 is totally FREE. Families don’t pay a penny.
All running costs are paid for by local authorities, grant organizations and corporate sponsors.
It offers a friendly, safe and non-judgmental environment.
Each week, everyone attends an interactive hour-long workshop as a group. Children spend the second hour doing physical activity while the adults discuss specific topics in more detail together.

How do I know if my child qualifies for a place on MEND 7-13?
Use our BMI calculator to find out whether or not your child is above a healthy weight for their age and height.

Where can I find more detailed information?
Email us on or call us for FREE on 0800 2300 263.