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Andover exercise partnership proves a big Summer success for local Parkinson’s community

A new exercise partnership between Places Leisure and Parkinson’s UK is proving a major success with the local Parkinson’s community in Hampshire. 

Launched in May, the Move and Shout campaign is giving local people living with Parkinson’s an opportunity to get active for the Summer of Sport and to live well with the condition.  

Five Places Leisure sites have been selected for the new exercise pilot which is funded by Parkinson’s UK, including Andover Leisure Centre which is managed on behalf of Test Valley Borough Council. 

Since its launch, Move and Shout has already proved highly popular with the local Parkinson’s community and it is now hoped that more people can take advantage of the new exercise classes.

Each class is overseen by experienced trained instructors and focuses on promoting fitness, mobility and wellbeing for people living with Parkinson’s, while also creating a better awareness of the condition in local communities.

Classes are suitable for all ages and abilities, including those with balance and coordination issues, or for anyone with reduced or slower movements. People with Parkinson’s and their relatives and carers can still join the new classes which are £2.50 per person and classes can be booked on the Places Leisure website.

Mike Willis, Healthy Communities Manager at Places Leisure, said:

“It’s been really encouraging to see the progress of the Move and Shout classes in Andover and we hope that more people who are living with Parkinson’s will be able to take advantage of our classes.”

“We are seeing firsthand the positive impact of exercise and physical activity for our Parkinson’s members and there is a real sense of camaraderie amongst the group.”

People with Parkinson’s in Hampshire can receive complimentary gym memberships, including induction, and regular catch-ups with a Level 3 GP Exercise Referral instructor. Participants can also join the Places Leisure Exercise Referral Scheme at a discounted rate.

Sign up for the new Move and Shout sessions: