Kent Sport

How will you get involved?

Exercise Referral

The Exercise Referral Programme supports Students, Staff and members of the Public via internal and external referral pathways from appropriate medical practitioners.  Individuals can be referred with a variety of medical conditions, as well as for the purposes of rehabilitation or wellbeing and wellness.  As a referral client you will benefit from concessionary access to sport and fitness facilities as well as support and guidance from a qualified exercise professional who will induct you on relevant fitness equipment and devise a tailored exercise programme for you to follow during the standard referral period of three months.

Unfortunately due to current staff resources the external Exercise Referral pathway has been frozen until January 2019.  GP’s and other external medical professionals cannot currently refer clients to Kent Sport.  Please liaise with your medical professional to explore other local facilities and services.

Kent Sport is currently supporting Kent Students and Staff via internal pathways.  Referrals are typically made by the University Medical Centre, Occupational Health, Student Support & Wellbeing and Kent Sport’s own Physiotherapy Clinic.  Individuals should discuss referral options with the relevant medical professional on Campus however for more information about the Exercise Referral Scheme please contact the Kent Sport Fitness Team by emailing or via telephone 01227 824 375.

Am I eligible?

Clients who fit the following criteria qualify for the scheme:

  • Aged 16 years or over
  • No contra-indications to exercise, with any of these medical conditions;
    • Obesity
    • Asthma
    • Hypertension
    • Diabetes
    • Osteoporosis
    • Arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Post phase IV Cardiac rehab
    • Joint injury rehabilitation
    • Mental health issues

How will the scheme help me?

Research shows that increasing the amount of physical activity can make significant improvements to your health, well-being and lifestyle. Regular physical activity has been proven to have the following benefits;

  • Decreases the risk of heart disease
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Controls body weight and decreases body fat
  • Improves strength, co-ordination, mobility and balance
  • Enhances immune system
  • Improves mental well-being and reduces the risk of depression
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases energy levels
  • Controls diabetes
  • Prevents and treats muscle and bone injuries and diseases.

How do I enrol on the scheme?

Clients must be referred onto the scheme by their local GP, practice nurse, or health professional, which also includes Kent Sport’s Physiotherapist. Most GP practises and health professionals in the area will have the appropriate forms available for you to enrol.
Upon receiving the referral form at Kent Sport, the Exercise Referral Coordinator will contact you to arrange an initial consultation. A tailored exercise programme will then be put together by the instructor, for you to follow over the course of 12 weeks.


My recovery since suffering a compound fracture to my tibia and two breaks to my fibula due to a poor landing when trampolining has certainly been long and despite a few setbacks, I’ve remained positive and motivated to get better. Before my injury, I had never set foot in a gym; I stuck to trampolining and that was it - I didn’t expect to actually enjoy working out but I definitely do! Kent Sport have all necessary facilities and Sarah has constructed a fitness plan to accommodate my recovery and in doing so, she and others at Kent Sport have enabled and encouraged me to continue to participate in exercise. I am not yet allowed on a trampoline, however as a member of the committee I still get a huge amount of involvement with the team and I trust that with the help and support those at Kent Sport give to me, I will be back to bouncing soon!

~ Lucy Sheldrick

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Last Updated: 30/10/2018