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We would like to let you know that the NERS programme in the Vale of Glamorgan is operating once more. We are offering our normal classes as well as a virtual programme. If you have any concerns or queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on


Being physically active is important for your health!  We can help you on your journey to a more active lifestyle. 


Exercise Referral Scheme

The national ‘Exercise Referral Scheme’ is helping to make physical activity a new way of life for people who suffer from health problems in the Vale of Glamorgan.



The Welsh Government funded initiative means residents with certain medical conditions can be referred by their doctors to improve their lifestyles by taking part in activities.


Exercising at Home 

These videos will be suitable for our clients to exercise along to whilst in social isolation.  


Warm up and stretches

Warm up 1


Warm up 2

At Home Easyline Class


Standing Balance exercises

Chair based strength exercises

White Lotus Tai Chi



Anyone aged over 16 can be referred by their GP.


Cases that may lead to referral include:

  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Physical inactivity
  • Risk of heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Mental health
  • Weight management 



The Vale’s exercise referral professionals provide a range of activities to help participants become active over an

initial 16-week period and they are able to use the Vale’s leisure centres at a discounted rate. 


Targets are set, their progress is monitored, and at the end of the 16 weeks, the professionals discuss how the participants can continue to achieve their exercise goals by making exercise a key part of their day to day lives.




Exercise Referral Classes



The Team

When you join the scheme, you will be assigned a highly-qualified exercise professional who will oversee your progress. They will be your first point of contact and will lead your exercise classes and sessions to help you achieve your goals.


Jamie Lane

Location: Barry Leisure Centre

Jamie has worked in the leisure industry for 20 years since he gained his degree in Exercise Science from Brighton University.


Jamie is a Level 4 instructor with qualifications as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Instructor, a Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist instructor, a Mental Health Specialist Instructor and an Obesity and Diabetes Specialist instructor as well as being a personal trainer.


Elen Edwards 



Location: Barry Leisure Centre

Elen has been involved in the health and fitness industry for several years and has a great knowledge base having gained a first class honors’ degree from UWIC.


Elen loves to motivate people and has specialist qualifications as a Level 4 Postural Stability Instructor, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist and Mental Health and Exercise instructor as well as being a personal trainer. She takes classes as well as one-to-one sessions.


Craig Nichol


Location: Penarth Leisure Centre

Craig has worked in the health and fitness industry since 1997.  He has worked for a local trust, a private organisation and also for local government so has a wide knowledge of the industry. Craig is a Level 3 Personal Trainer and is a Stroke Rehabiliatation Instructor, a Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor, as well as Tai Chi Instructor.


He is also an Advanced Fitness Instructor with Exercise Referral qualifications, Mixed Martial Arts Fitness, Studio Cycling Instructor and Circuit Instructor.


Max Smith

Location: Barry Leisure Centre

Max has been working in the team for a number of years covering different areas of the scheme.  He has worked in the fitness industry since 2011. He is passionate about fitness and you can be sure that he will be able to help you become fitter and healthier.  


Max has level 4 qualifications as an Obesity and Diabetes Specialist Instructor and also a Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor.  


Lisa Cleary


Location: Cowbridge and Llantwit Leisure Centres

Lisa is a Level 4 Instructor with year of experience in health and fitness. Lisa is a Level 4 Mental Health and exercise instructor and Level 4 Back Care specialist instructor as well as being a Tai Chi Instructor. 

Lisa loves running!  She is a keen runner and runs many distances up to and including Marathons and marshalls regularly at Barry Park Run.