National Exercise Referral Scheme

November 9 2017

See Paul tell his story about his inspiring journey through the referral scheme

national exercise referral scheme (ners)

The potential benefits of physical activity to health are huge. If a medication existed which had a similar effect, it would be regarded as a ‘wonder drug’ or ‘miracle cure’

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is a Welsh Government (WG) funded scheme which has been in development since 2006 to standardize exercise referral opportunities across all local authorities and Local Health Boards in Wales.

The Scheme is funded by Welsh Government and working in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), local authorities, Public Health Wales (PHW) and Local Health Boards. It targets clients who are at risk of developing chronic disease, providing an opportunity for referrals to access a high quality supervised exercise program to improved health and wellbeing.

Coordinated locally by Wrexham County Borough Council and aimed at those over 16 years of age, who are not used to being regularly physically active and have a medical condition, the Scheme is designed to provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.

Clients are referred by a GP or Health Practitioner so if you think you would benefit from joining this scheme please speak to your GP or visit

It doesn't stop after 16 weeks...

Freedom Leisure offer an exclusive health membership available to those who have completed the exercise referral scheme. Valid for one year, it offers a wide range of 'exit' classes specifically designed to follow on from the referral scheme including:-

  • Easyline™
  • Aquafit™
  • Aqua Circuit
  • Nordic Walking™

You will also gain access to our wider group exercise program, allowing you to branch out and try new classes.

View Group Exercise at-

It's not all about group exercise!!

You will gain access to our newly refurbished fitness facilities at Waterworld, Gwyn Evans, Chirk, Queensway and Clywedog. Our trained and friendly instructors are on hand to guide you through your fitness journey. Helping to plan workouts, motivate and encourage. 

The 'My Wellness Key' at Waterworld allows our personal trainers to set goals and workouts that are specific to you. The screens on our machines help to ensure that you are working with correct range of motion and speed.

contact us for more information or call 01978 269540

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Freedom Leisure is a leading not for profit leisure trust operating in England and Wales. It began as Wealden Leisure trust on 1st April 2002 and operated only the centres within Weilden district council. Today it operates over 75 leisure centres nationwide including:-

  • Gwyn Evans Leisure & Activity Centre
  • Chirk Leisure & Acticvty Centre
  • Waterworld Leisure & Activity Centre 
  • Queensway Stadium

and shares responcibillity for 

  • Darland Leisure & Activity Centre 
  • Clywedog Leisure & Activity Centre
  • Rhosnesni Leisure & Activity Centre
  • Morgan Llwyd Leisure & Activity Centre
  • Ruabon Leisure & Activity Centre