Fit2Work – free exercise for young people out of work in West London

The main Leisure Contractors of West London, GLL, Fusion and SLMhave joined together with London Sport County Sport Partnership to provide free exercise for young people out of work. Fit 2 Work uses Sportivate funding which provides 6 to 8 weeks of weekly sports or activity sessions. Fit 2 Work targets young people, aged 18-25 who are unemployed and not in education, to become a fitness instructor or lifeguard. They can attend 7 free fitness or swimming sessions for a qualification or 3 months membership, free!

Fit2Work is different as participants can attend any off-peak or peak sessions during the 2 months (depending on the leisure centre), rather than 1 weekly session. They can attend as many sessions as they want during the set time frame (September to November). Participants can use the gym or go swimming for free at any of the Leisure Centres listed below for the duration of the 2 month project.

Those who participate in a minimum of 7 or more sessions are then eligible for either of the 2 qualifications: Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction (QCF) or Level 2 Award in Pool Lifeguarding (QCF) both FREE of charge. There are a limited number of spaces for each qualification, so there may need to be an interview/selection process at the end of the 2 months, to secure a place on the qualification. These qualifications will be delivered by Fit4Sport. Those who participate will also be eligible for a 3 month free membership and/or the qualification.
The project was created in order to target NEETs (those not in education, employment or training) aged 18-25 and offer them a gym or swimming programme with a flexible nature to suit the target audience. There may also be opportunities for employment within certain Leisure centres at the end of the qualification too.

Leisure Centres involved in the programme

Vale Farm Watford Road, North Wembley, London, HA0 3HG. Tel.0208 908 6545
Gurnell Leisure Centre RuislipRoad East, Ealing, London, W13 0AL. No. 020 8998 3241
Dormers Wells Leisure Centre Dormers Wells Lane, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3HX. No. 020 8571 7207
Acton Centre Salisbury Street, Acton, London, W3 8NW. Tel. 0208 825 9001
Hammersmith and Fulham
Phoenix Fitness Centre Bloemfontein Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 7DB. Tel. 020 8735 4900
Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre 1 Chalk Hill Rd, London W6 8DW. Tel. 020 8741 8028
Harrow Leisure Centre Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 5BD. Tel. 020 8901 5980
Highgrove Leisure Centre Eastcote Road, Hume Way, Ruislip, HA4 8DZ. Tel. 01895 630753
Botwell Leisure Centre East Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2HW. Tel. 020 8561 0956
Hillingdon Leisure Complex Gatting Way, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1ES. Tel. 0845 130 7324
Chiswick Pools Edensor Road, Chiswick, London, W4 2RG. Tel. 0845 456 6675
Brentford Fountain LC 658 Chiswick High Road, Brentford, TW8 0HJ. Tel. 0845 456 6675
Hanworth Air Park LC Uxbridge Road, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 5EG. Tel. 0845 456 6675
Isleworth Leisure Centre Twickenham Road, Isleworth, London, TW7 7EU. Tel. 0845 456 6675

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