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Golden Pass Scheme

This project offers Vale residents aged 60+ the opportunity to access eight free sessions of sport and physical activity in their community.


Eligibility Criteria


  1. People Aged 60+ - No upper age limit
  2. Inactive People - Individuals who currently take part in less than 150 minutes of physical activity per week
  3. Resident of the Vale of Glamorgan - People who live throughout the Vale of Glamorgan.

Golden Pass Sign up Form



Typical Journey


  1. Participant completes sign up form to check eligibility
  2. Participant receives welcome pack & Golden Pass in the post with a 3-month expiry date.
  3. Participant books on activity via normal provider registration process – phone, online etc.
  4. Participant attends 8 sessions of activity FREE of charge within the 3-month window.
  5. Participant is able to ‘mix & match’ activities, allowing them to try multiple activities, ensuring they find the right one for them.
  6. End of intervention – ideally, continued participation at chosen activity after 3 months.

The Healthy Living Team at Vale of Glamorgan Council are proudly working in partnership with Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, Sport Wales and a host of third sector organisations to improve physical activity and sport opportunities for residents aged 60+ across the Vale of Glamorgan.


This is a project targeted at people aged 60+ who are not active or those who do not participate in activity very often. In consultation with the local 60+ population and our partners, we have organised a programme of activities to give people the chance to try out new activities and if they like them, continue to participate. This will take shape by providing targeted individuals with a ‘free pass’ to join existing sessions, either in the community or at their local leisure centre, taking the financial barrier away from the participant, the Vale of Glamorgan will then reimburse the provider once the participant uses their ‘free pass’. The rationale behind this ‘free pass’ is that once the initial free sessions are finished, the participant will ideally continue with the activity at the sessions of choice. 


This project aims to not only increase the amount of time people are active but also hopes to increase opportunities to meet new people and socialise with others.


For more information about this programme, or any of the programmes below please email -


Further 60+ Active Leisure Scheme Initiatives


  • Golden Fund (Vale Wide) – up to £500 funding is available for groups/organisations to create new activity targeting the 60+ age group. The Healthy Living Team are working to create a menu of activities that is inclusive, accessible and attractive for the age group. For more information, please contact


  • Golden Activators (Vale Wide) – the Healthy Living Team have recently recruited six new volunteers to help more people aged 60+ become more active. For more information, please follow this link to the press release.  


Active Adults

We aim to help adults in the Vale of Glamorgan stay healthy and active 

Health guidelines recommend:


  • Adults take part in at least 150 minutes moderate intensity activity, 75 minutes’ vigorous activity, or a mixture of both each week, as well as strengthening activities on two days and reducing extended periods of sitting 

  • Each week older adults should aim to accumulate 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate intensity aerobic activity, building up gradually from current levels.List Item 1



Physical activity can:

  • Benefit health

  • Improve sleep

  • Help maintain healthy weight

  • Manages stress

  • Improves quality of life

Physical activity reduces your chances of:

  • Type II Diabetes -40%

  • Cardiovascular disease -35%

  • Falls, depression etc. -30%

  • Joint and back pain  -25%

  • Cancers (colon and breast) -20%


We work with a range of partners to increase opportunities for adults to become active. This includes promoting existing opportunities and working in partnership to develop new opportunities.


Local sports and physical activity clubs

There are already lots of great opportunities within the community for adults to take part in.


They offer a variety of opportunities from informal turn up and play sessions to coached sessions, so there should be opportunities for all.


Being part of a local club also brings social benefits with many clubs organising social activities so they are a great way to meet new people.


Sports Clubs

National Exercise Referral Scheme

Helping to make physical activity a new way of life for people who suffer from health problems in the Vale of Glamorgan. Residents with certain medical conditions can be referred by their doctors to the scheme to improve their lifestyles by being supported to take part in physical activity.


Exercise Referral Scheme


Wellbeing Walks

We have compiled a number of walks to keep you and your family healthy, active and having fun. Why not give them a try!


Wellbeing Walks