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Blackwater Leisure Centre gives GP-referral new lease of life

Demonstrating that being active can greatly improve your health, Blackwater Leisure Centre has over the past year helped 73-year-old Clare Urry, from Maldon, go from using a mobility scooter to being able to cycle to and from the centre.

  • The centre advised Clare to join its GP referral scheme, as she needed both ankle joints replacing and her Achilles tendons lengthening, as well as just undergoing a hip replacement
  • In order for the operation to go ahead she needed to improve her strength and fitness, so undertook three monitored gym sessions a week for just under a year
  • When Clare first arrived at the centre she walked using two crutches and often had to use a mobility scooter to move between pieces of gym equipment
  • After her operation and recovery time she came back to the gym able to walk unaided and cycle to the centre
  • Since her recovery Clare has joined the discounted gym and swim package for the over-60s, which is available on an annual basis and includes three one-to-one sessions
  • She is now taking three gym, swim and aqua aerobics classes a week to further improve her fitness
  • The GP referral scheme is available at Blackwater Leisure Centre by referral from your doctor, and runs over an initial three-month period with consultation, programme and review


Clare Urry commented:

When I first started the GP referral scheme I had very limited mobility and through the amazing dedication of the staff at Blackwater my fitness improved to great levels before my operation and since I have recovered it has massively improved my quality of life and I can now mobilise enough to help others. I can’t thank the staff at Blackwater enough for the help they have given me through the scheme.

Phil Wallis, Contract Manager at Blackwater Leisure Centre, commented:

When I first met Clare she was almost unable to walk, and now when I see her she is happy and bubbly – a completely different woman! Our GP referral scheme is run by Brian Randall, and he has done a fantastic job in helping Clare to improve her fitness and quality of life.

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Local sports centre adds Parkour classes to its timetable

Dengie Hundred Sports Centre in Burnham has expanded its offering to the local community with the addition of a new Parkour class to its timetable. Parkour is a holistic training discipline where practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible They do this using only their bodies and their […]

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Local leisure centre’s Swim School smashes records!

Blackwater Leisure Centre has announced record-breaking enrolment numbers at its Swim School after the most successful term in the centre’s history! More than 900 members of the local community have taken to the water in order to improve or learn this vital life skill and registrations are still being accepted for the upcoming term The […]

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