Following the most recent Government advice issued in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we would like to let you know that the NERS programme in the Vale of Glamorgan will be suspended for the foreseeable future. As soon as the programme is reinstated, we will let you know. If you have any concerns or queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on


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, a Mental Health Specialist Instructor as well as Obesity and Diabetes Specialist instructor.


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 has recently studied Stroke Rehabiliatation, Tai Chi Movements for Well Being and Cancer and Exercise Courses.


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


Lance Cooksey

Location: Barry Leisure Centre

Lance has been working in the team for a number of years, but has been involved with exercise referral since 2012. 


Lance has a passion for functional exercise and you can be sure that he will be able to help you become fitter and healthier. He knows the struggles of being a top athlete as he has represented Welsh Boxing numerous times at home and abroad. 


Lance has helped hundreds of clients achieve on our scheme so far and has undertaken specialist Cardiac Rehabilitation, OTAGO falls prevention and recently a Cancer and Exercise course.


Lisa Cleary

Location: Cowbridge and Llantwit Leisure Centres

Lisa is a Level 4 Instructor with year of experience in health and fitness. She has recently studied Tai Chi Movements for Well Being and Level 4 Mental Health exercise courses and is putting these into practise with clients.  Lisa loves running!  She is a keen runner and runs many distances up to and including Marathons and marshalls regularly at Barry Park Run.