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LEAP Exercise Referral Scheme

Exercise programmes via Health Professional or Self Referral

The Life Enhancing Activity Programme – LEAP – is a scheme for Health Professionals to refer patients to Leisure World Colchester for an activity programme designed specifically for people with health issues.

Patients are also able to self-refer to the scheme for certain conditions

The programme is designed to help people lead a healthier life through exercise. Our qualified instructors will help to find an exercise programme that is suitable for all abilities.

Click HERE for LEAP prices and timetable

See below for further information, speak to your GP or contact the LEAP team on 01206 282045.


Individuals can self-refer to the LEAP scheme with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle and joint problems
  • Back problems
  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure (borderline or medically controlled)
  • Diabetes (stable/controlled)

Health Professionals

Health Professionals can refer patients to the LEAP scheme with any of the self referral conditions, as well as any of the following:

  • Heart problems
  • Stroke
  • COPD
  • Depression

*Please note if you have any of the conditions above you must be referred via a GP.

If you are unsure whether you can refer someone to us please contact us on 01206 282045.


Diabetes Support Programme

A 12-week programme aimed at those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetic health conditions

Develop knowledge of Diabetes and its treatment Build awareness and motivation to exercise

Next programme starts Thursday 6 June 2.00 pm – Open to members and non-members

£3.50 a session or £35.00 for 12 weeks – limited to 16 people per programme

To register your interest or to receive more information please fill out the enquiry form and our staff will be in contact to discuss further and to book your place

Healthy Body Healthy Mind

A free 4-week introduction to exercise course for people with common mental health problems e.g stress, anxiety and depression will be held at Leisure World Colchester.

The first session will be on Friday 13 September, 11:30am to 1:30pm – Open to members and non-members.

To register your interest or to receive more information please fill out the enquiry form and our staff will be in contact to discuss further and to book your place.


What an incredible journey Gordon White has been on for the past 11 years. Gordon started on The Leap Exercise Referral Scheme in 2007 aged 79, following completion of Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation at Colchester General Hospital.   

Being on Leap has allowed Gordon to take part in group-based exercise within the community setting and under the guidance and supervision of The Leap Scheme Instructors. Gordon had been attending one 60 minutes Cardiac Rehab Circuit Class a week, which he quickly increased to twice per week.   It was during this time, that Gordon found his love for performing Star Jumps.  At the start Gordon used to manage 40 star jumps in 3 minutes but currently Gordon completes 110 star jumps in the same time and his passion for star jumps has never vained.   Gordon has also been known to go to the gym when his heart desires. 

Gordon feels that his current quality of life, has been directly attributed to his regular attendance to the Leap Cardiac Rehab Circuit Classes and his commitment to Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease.  His fitness level has significantly improved since the start and Gordon has also learned to be able to regulate the intensity of his activity and be able to recognise the optimum level of exercise intensity also.  By Gordon White attending the specialist Cardiac Rehab Circuit Class, has undoubtedly increased the quality and longevity of his life. 

During Gordon’s time on Leap, he has been successful in establishing a wealth of friends from this exercising circle, as well as being a well-respected member of the class who everyone is inspired by.  Gordon enjoys socialising with these friends and he meets up with them for coffee in the café at Colchester Leisure World, attends the Annual Leap Garden Summer Party in Boxted, and the Leap Christmas celebrations have been hailed a great success by all.  Gordon has a passion for Football. Gordon is a season ticket holder at Colchester United and he is always there cheering on his team, never missing a game, no matter how bad the weather is, come rain, sleet or snow. 


Activities / Exercise Programmes

The gym – under the LEAP scheme you can have an individualised gym exercise programme written, based on your individual condition, to follow when it suits you. You will have ongoing support and regular compulsory reviews to ensure you are getting the best out of your exercise plan.

Gentle Spin – Suitable for all abilities. Our gentle cycle cardio session is completed at your own pace using our Keiser Indoor Cycling bikes. A chance to stretch those legs and enjoy the pleasure of cycling in a safe and controlled environment.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Circuit Classes – moderate intensity exercise classes aimed at those who have had heart problems. Whether that is angina or you have had a heart attack or other heart related problems. The classes are aimed at improving your cardiovascular fitness and reducing your risk of having any further heart problems. The instructors are qualified British Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation (BACPR) Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists.

Osteoarthritis Classes – For those with Knee and hip pain problems including pre and post joint replacement surgery. This is a low intensity exercise class with emphasis on correct joint alignment and posture. Emphasis is on educating you to move in ways that reduce the stress on your joints. This class has had significant benefits for many of its participants.

Lower Back Pain Class – suitable for people with long-term or chronic back problems particularly where muscular and postural imbalances are the significant factor. The class is low intensity and focuses on improving your mobility and posture through a series of simple exercises and stretches. You will benefit from the continuous supervision of a Level 4 Exercise Referral Specialist who will correct your alignment and technique to ensure improved range of movement and posture with minimal risk of pain.

Water Mobility Class – gentle water based exercise class aimed at those people with back and joint problems that find it difficult to exercise on land. It provides a full body workout aimed at improving movement in painful joints without the stresses of weight bearing exercise.

Vascular Rehabilitation Class – primarily aimed at people with circulation problems or breathing difficulties (i.e. C.O.P.D.), although people with other conditions may be suited to the relatively low intensity of the class.

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