Indoor group exercise to return from Monday, May 17

Sport and Leisure centres across Buckinghamshire are gearing up to welcome customers back for indoor group exercise.

Buckinghamshire Council has 10 sport and leisure centres across the county, run by three different operators; Everyone Active, GLL and Places Leisure as well as the Stoke Mandeville Stadium and Leisure Centre operated by More Active all which reopened on Monday, April 12 after three months of closure due to the third lockdown. And now have been given the green light to resume indoor group exercise from Monday, May 17 as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Activities such as badminton, basketball, yoga, studio cycling, swimming lessons and group classes were stopped back in December 2020 due to the third lockdown.

Buckinghamshire’s Corporate Director for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Sophie Payne says: “It feels wonderful knowing that group exercise classes are back on the timetable after such a long time. We have seen a great response to our leisure centres reopening last month, and while some prefer to work out alone, we know that many of our customers really thrive and get motivated exercising in a group.

“It’s also the social element that our customers have been missing, having spent much of the last year with limited social contact. Group exercise is great for body and mind especially for people living on their own. Group exercise classes are a fun and social way to keep fit and will be a real boost for mental wellbeing which is just as important as keeping physically fit.

“We know our operators have been working hard to ensure safety measures are being met at each centre to ensure everyone’s safety. We would ask our customers to continue to take all of the necessary precautions to keep themselves, other users and our staff safe.”

The centres will continue to operate in line with government safety guidelines and those planning to visit will still be required to follow a range of COVID safe measures, to ensure contact is minimised at each centre and allow for the track and trace process to be implemented. More information on the measures in place for each type of activity can be found on the websites for each local leisure centre. These measures, combined with frequent cleaning, are designed to keep customers safe and offer complete confidence to users as they return to their favourite fitness regime.

Unfortunately, group exercise will not be returning to The Chiltern Pools and Gym until the next step in the government’s roadmap is confirmed, due to social distancing restrictions in the studios.

Find out what facilities and classes your local sports and leisure centres are offering by visiting the websites below:

Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre
Chalfont Leisure Centre
Chesham Leisure Centre
Chiltern Pools and Gym
Swan Pool and Leisure Centre
Evreham Sports Centre
The Beacon Sports Centre

Stoke Mandeville Stadium and Leisure Centre

Court Garden Leisure Complex
Risborough Springs Swim and Fitness Centre
Wycombe Leisure Centre