The Arc Leisure, in Matlock, managed by not-for-profit leisure trust Freedom Leisure on behalf of Derbyshire Dales District Council, is extremely proud to announce that it has been chosen as a finalist in the upcoming Swim England Awards which take place in November at a gala event in Birmingham.

The prestigious awards, organised by Swim England, the recognised National Governing Body for aquatics in England, recognise and celebrate the incredible spirit of aquatics by showcasing individuals, groups and organisations for their passion, dedication and outstanding acheivement.

The submission from the team at The Arc was centred around its Aqua Rehabilitation classes that are a unique offering in the area that provides an affordable and supportive exercise programme for people with short term & long-term health conditions.

These instructor led sessions have become an established part of the swimming pool programme and a key part of the centre’s health referral programme where local GPs and physiotherapists recommend regular exercise at the leisure centre to their patients as part of their individual rehabilitation and health improvement plans.

We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the Health Impact Award. These classes led by our highly trained instructors have made such a difference to so many people and has seen tangible, positive results for all its participants.

Alistair Gould

Area Manager | Derbyshire Dales

Participants undertake an initial consultation to assess their individual needs and are then provided a comprehensive set of exercises for them to follow. The sessions are open to anyone and is another example of how Freedom Leisure can improve the lives of those in the local Derbyshire Dales community through a caring and supportive activity programme.

The winner of the Health Impact Award will be chosen on Saturday 18th November 2023.