Exercise Resources in Sheffield

Physical activity could help you to manage your mood and feel better.

Taking part in physical activity on a regular basis can have a positive effect on our mental health.

Studies show that regular physical activity can help people to recover from depression, lifting their mood, reducing anxiety, improving self-esteem and concentration.

The Getting Active and Feeling Better workbook can help you to think about your own physical activity and how you can use it to improve your health and wellbeing.  It gives practical guidance about how to include more activity in your life and how to overcome the barriers that may make it difficult for you to be more active. You can download the booklet here and extra copies of the worksheets here.  You can work through this workbook on your own, with a friend or with an IAPT worker.

There are a wide range of organisations such as gyms and leisure centres which are open to the general public and can help you become more active. We have listed some of these here together with their contact details.


Gym, swimming and healthy living activities serving Netherthorpe, Upperthorpe and Langsett.


Sheffield International Venues

Sheffield International Venues run 17 sports and exercise venues in Sheffield including Ponds Forge, Hillsborough, Springs & Stockbridge Leisure Centres, Concorde & Westfield Sports Centres, four golf course, and Don Valley Stadium.



Run England

The Run England website includes a directory of organised runs throughout England, and other useful information on running.


Ranger Service

The Ranger Service provides a service and resource for people using the parks, woodlands and countryside areas of the city. It organises a wide range of activities including guided walks and cycle rides. It also has an active and extensive volunteer programme.


Help Yourself

Help Yourself is an online directory of voluntary, community, faith sector, health & social care organisations in Sheffield. There are over 5000 entries covering a wide range of subjects including sport, exercise.


Community Organisations

There are a wide range of different physical activity classes and sessions organised in community venues across the city. These are often free or at reduced rates for people with health problems and provide more support than mainstream organisations. We have listed the main organisations below with there contact details.

Sheffield Mind

Sheffield Mind and Body Project is a health and wellbeing project delivered in 5 areas of Sheffield – Low Edges, Arbourthorne , Winn Gardens, the Flower Estate and Shiregreen (Check). Activities include healthy lifestyle courses, Zumba and Zumba gold, Tai chi, Circuit training for men.


Tel: (0114) 2584489

Healthy Communities

Sheffield Healthy Communities Programmes work in 35 neighbourhoods to improve the health of those communities. Eg. Gleadless Valley Community Forum provide chairobics, swim bus, health walks and host a health trainer. The website contains information about activities and leaflets outlining activities in each of the healthy communities areas.


Health Champions

Health Champions are recruited to work within their community to promote healthy eating, physical activity and mental well-being through a range of activities.


Sharrow Community Forum

Sharrow community forum & Shipshape – information about health trainers, health champions and local activities.


Tel: (0114) 2508384


Southey Owlerton Area Regeneration (SOAR) is a community regeneration charity that provides a range of services designed to improve a person’s health, well-being and employability. It is based in the north of Sheffield.


Tel: (0114) 2134065

Foxhill Forum

Foxhill Forum is based in Foxhill. It offers a wide variety of activities and services including Health and Fitness, Volunteering Opportunities and Employability Services. Activities include yoga, zumba, tai chi and ‘breath away your blues’ classes.


Tel: (0114) 2315522

Health Works

Health Works, based in Longley provides training, activities, team building and one-to-one health improvement support for individuals, communities and businesses. Activities include gym sessions at Concord.


Tel: (0114) 2344445

Manor and Castle

Manor and Castle Development Trust works with local people to regenerate the neighbourhoods in the Manor and Castle ward. It runs regular, free activities in the local area including health walks, boxercise, zumba fitness, chair-based aerobics, weight management and men’s fitness.


Tel: (0114) 2789999

Referral Schemes

There are also specific programmes which you can be referred to by your GP or other health care practitioner and provide more intensive support for people.

Physical Activity Referral

The Sheffield International Venues offer a 12 week Physical Activity referral scheme with discounted sessions to access the facilities, and the comfort of having your own qualified referral instructor, to help you become a little more active if you suffer from a long term medical condition, or if you are simply inactive and at risk of a condition and require an extra helping hand and motivation to be more physically active.

SIV Physical Activity referral Schemes are found at

  • Concord Sports Centre
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
  • Hillsborough Leisure Centre
  • Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre
  • Springs Leisure Centre

GPs and other health professionals can refer you the scheme, if they can give details of any conditions and medications. The scheme costs £3.30 per day pass – access to gym, swim and classes throughout the day, or £54 upfront for 12 weeks unlimited use. You can then access the discounted membership schemes.

Click here to download a flyer which provides more information.

Smaller schemes are also available at Heeley Swimming Pool and Westfield Sports Centre. Click here to download the short referral form for Heeley scheme Swim only sessions there at £2 per day pass.

Sheffield Health Trainers

Sheffield Health Trainers can offer one-to-one support around changing and leading a healthier lifestyle, including exercise. There are currently 14 generic health trainers who support people to increase exercise. They cover: Burngreave & Firvale; Sharrow and Broomhall; Darnall & Tinsley; Manor, Castle, Norfolk Park, Woodthorpe, Wybourne & Arbourthorne; Firth Park, Brushes and Stubbin; Upperthorpe, Netherthorpe and Langsett; Lowedges, Jordonthorpe & Batemoor; Gleadless; Southey & North Sheffield.