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Active Health

If you have a medical condition that will benefit from exercise, the Active Health scheme provides you with the support you need to improve your health and wellbeing using our range of facilities at Riverside Leisure Centre. 

Active Health at Riverside

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Your GP or Social Prescriber may feel that exercise could help with your physical or mental health and wellbeing. A referral will give you access to our Active Health scheme, where you will have the support and advice of a dedicated gym instructor. They will promote healthy lifestyle changes and advise you on how to exercise safely. 


You can be referred by a Health professional or Social Prescriber and must be:

  • aged 14 years and over
  • committed to making a long-term lifestyle change
  • clinically stable and compliant with your medication
  • have an existing health condition, recovering from an operation or other risk factors for disease:
  1. Coronary Heart Disease
  2. High Bloody Pressure
  3. Arthritis
  4. Osteoarthritis
  5. Osteoporosis
  6. Asthma
  7. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  8. Long Covid
  9. Diabetes
  10. Mental health 
  11. Obesity

Times and prices

Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm

Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm

Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm 

Bank holidays, 9am to 5pm 


First 12 weeks

£5 per session or half price 3 month Wellness Anytime Membership for £69

After first 12 weeks
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  • You can only attend via a referral from your GP or Social Prescriber. 
  • For your first visit to the gym, you will need to book a gym assessment by calling 01245 615058
  • Once you have had your assessment, you do not need to book in advance to attend the gym.  

Things you need to know

Entry to the gym

  • If you have an ourChelmsford Premium account, you can tap straight through the barrier. 
  • If you need to pay for the gym you will need to go to reception to pay and activate your ourChelmsford card. 
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barrier. 
  • If you require use of the lift to access the first floor, you will need to go to reception to activate your ourChelmsford card. 

Technogym Key

  • If you lose your Technogym Key you will need to pay to replace it.  

Lockers and changing rooms

  • There is a male group changing area and a female group changing area located by studio 2 on the first floor.
  • A Changing Places area is located by studio 1 on the first floor.
  • Lockers with number keypads are located in the dryside changing room near the gym on the first floor.

What to bring

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Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables


  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2023.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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