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Fitness activities to help improve your wellbeing

We provide a range of free and low-cost activity sessions to help anybody who is experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental ill health.

Most of the sessions take place near the city centre. They are known as the Invigorate programme.

We are currently offering free weekly football and multi-sport sessions – tai chi sessions are also available at a small cost. The programme also includes walks at the botanic gardens and a variety of online programmes.

A trainer will be present at all sessions to help encourage you to be physically active and to have a go.

You can turn up to try any of the sessions, but we recommend that you email us in advance if you can.

Join our Invigorate scheme

It’s free to join Invigorate. Joining means we can keep you up to date about future sessions. It also entitles you to a free Better card, which gives you a 50% discount at some GLL-managed gyms and pools.

Apply to join Invigorate

Activity sessions

All sessions are free to attend unless otherwise stated. Friends, family members or support workers can join the sessions – they will need to pay the same as you do, if there is a charge.

  • Multi-sport session at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre
    • Mondays, midday to 1pm
    • Activities include badminton, basketball, short tennis, table tennis and volleyball
  • Football for homeless service users on Parker’s Piece
  • Tai chi at Fenners Gallery at Kelsey Kerridge
    • Fridays, 12.15 to 1.15pm
    • Make your way to reception and enquire at desk. No need to book, but for any additional enquiries regarding the class, contact ghiacambridge@gmail.com
    • £4 for the general public; £2 for Invigorate members with the production of a membership card. Cash payment only
  • Yoga For Health at The Fields Nursery School (Galfrid Road)
    • Thursdays, 5.30 to 6.30pm
    • Free 6-week block available to Invigorate members with a valid membership card
    • Contact sport@cambridge.gov.uk to book your free place. Otherwise, the class costs £3.50 per session; £18 for a block booking of 6 sessions
    • Booking in advance essential to attending at Yoga for Health

We arrange regular guided walks and open sessions around the Cambridge University botanic garden to watch it change with the seasons. Dates for the new year are yet to be announced. Please email us at sport@cambridge.gov.uk for more information.

We also arrange regular wellbeing walks that can help you become and stay active.

You can also watch pre-recorded exercise sessions online. We currently have a six-week self-care programme, and six-week beginners’ pilates and yoga courses.

Monthly well-being sessions

Thanks to funding provided by the Public Health team at Cambridgeshire County Council, a series of monthly activities will be delivered at various venues across Cambridge.

All sessions will be free to attend and facilitated. 

Check back regularly for programme updates or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more information.

Mindful Meanders – Learn the basics of mindful meditation whilst enjoying a stroll with a walk leader

  • Thursdays: 10 November, 8 December and 5 January
  • 2 to 3pm
  • Meet at the Edge Café, Mill Road for a circular health walk (to CoFarm) which will include mindfulness practice
  • Each walk concludes with a free hot drink in the café
  • Please note the the path is uneven (particularly around farm entrance) and therefore is not suited to anybody who is unsteady on their feet

Yule Yoga Party

  • Tuesday 13 December
  • 6 to 7pm
  • Akeman Street Community Centre
  • Suitable for absolute beginners. You will be required to get on and off the floor and ideally to bring your own mat

Taster climbing session

  • Friday 6 January
  • 2 to 3pm
  • Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, indoor climbing wall
  • Have a go at climbing with a qualified instructor in a small group

This activity is open and available to anybody to book onto. To book your free place, visit Community Sport.