London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames

February is fitness month!

Welcome to our February eBulletin.

One of the best things about February is how quickly the days lengthen! So step into spring with our fantastic memberships, sports courses and sessions, fitness classes and swimming. Staying in shape has never been so much fun.

Why not check out our Recipe of the Month feature and try our tasty butternut squash curry

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Kind regards
Leisure at Richmond

2 months free membership!

If you’re committed to your fitness goals and want to save some money then our annual membership option is a great idea.

What do you need to do? Just pay for the whole year in advance and you’ll receive two moths free. Yes it’s as simple as that!

Annual memberships are available on all of our Feel Good Fitness membership options (excluding joint memberships) and will provide you with all the great benefits including:

• 2 pools, 4 gyms and over 120 fitness classes
• Money back guarantees on all memberships
• Fully staffed state of the art gyms with qualified instruction
• Membership covers 5 centres
• Nutritional support services available
• Specially tailored services for those new to exercise
• Complimentary personalised programmes every 14 visits
• Regular instructor led abdominal training services
• Loyalty scheme with money off vouchers worth over &50

Please click here for more information about our Feel Good Fitness membership packages or call us on 020 3772 2999 to arrange a tour.

Feel Good Swim School – new term booking dates

We are dedicated to helping parents keep their children active by providing excellent, safe and a well-established Feel Good Swim School at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre.

For those wanting to learn to swim we offer courses for all ages and abilities. We have highly qualified instructors who will help to develop confidence both in and around the water.

Our April - July courses will start w/c 13 April.

Booking dates for junior learn to swim lessons:

Assessment Week for existing pupils
For children remaining in the same class, day and time booking takes place
Monday 2 – Saturday 7 March any time after their class.

Priority booking for existing pupils
For children who are moving up but are staying on the same day booking takes place from Monday 9 to Saturday 14 March any time after their class.

For children wanting to change day. Booking takes place from Sunday 15 March. Bookings start at 12noon.

New pupil bookings
New pupils can book from Sunday 22 March onwards. Bookings start at 12noon.

We aim to challenge, encourage and motivate children to achieve their full swimming potential.

Please click here for more information or call the centre reception on 020 3772 2999.

Holistic exercise to harmonise the mind and body

Reduce life’s stresses and centre yourself with our Yoga class at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre.

Yoga is one of the most widely practiced of spiritual disciplines. The postures used in Yoga have been developed over thousands of years. It encourages relaxation and the posture work can alleviate back pain as well as improving circulation.

Each class will improve posture, enhance your breathing and build your strength, flexibility and balance. Your stress levels will fall as your sense of wellbeing improves.

Yoga is available:
Wednesday 8.30-9.30pm

Don’t forget if you’re a direct debit member then all of our fitness classes, including Yoga are free.

For more information please contact us on 020 3772 2999 or click here for our full fitness class programme.

It’s the Zumba pool party!

Splashing, stretching, twisting, shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering….that’s what Aqua Zumba is all about!

Integrating the Zumba dance class with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging water based workout that’s cardio conditioning, body toning and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.

It’s perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low impact, high energy, aquatic exercise to their fitness routine.

Classes are available at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre at the following times:
Tuesday 9.45-10.30am

Please click here for more information about our fitness class programme or call us on 020 3772 2999.

This is one pool party you shouldn’t miss!

Recipe of the month

Get all of your five a day in one hit with this fragrant, low fat vegetarian curry.

Butternut Squash Curry


200g brown basmati rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 butternut squash, diced
1 red onion, diced
2 tbsp mild curry paste
300ml vegetable stock
4 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
Small handful coriander, chopped


Cook the rice in boiling salted water, as per pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the butternut squash for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Add the onion and the curry paste and fry for 3-4 minutes more.

Pour over the stock, then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas, and then gently cook for 3-4 minutes, until the tomatoes slightly soften.

Take off the heat and stir through the yogurt and coriander. Serve with the rice and some wholemeal chapattis if you like.

Did you know we have a Hydrotherapy Pool?

The hydrotherapy pool at Teddington Pool & Fitness Centre offers a unique environment for people who require supported exercise as part of a rehabilitation programme. The thermal and mechanical properties of the water assist the healing and recuperative effects of aquatic therapy.

It can help with lessening pain sensitivity, improving blood flow and circulation. Aquatic therapies can be used to treat muscle weakness, balance disorders, musculoskeletal injuries, soft tissue injuries and other conditions that impair circulation.

Public session times:

Adult session 7.45-10.00am
Adult/children session 12.30-1.30pm
Adult/children session 5.00-6.00pm
Adult session 6.30-8.30pm

Adult session 7.45-10.00am

Adult session 6.30-8.30pm

Adult session 7.45-10.00am

Adult/children session 9.30-11.00am
Adult/children session 3.30-4.30pm
Adult session 6.00-7.00pm

Adult session 8.15-10.00am
Adult/children session 9.30-10.30am

Family only session* 8.30-9.30am

Please note that all sessions are for people with special needs and rehab. Swimming is not permitted.

All users including carers must complete an indemnity form and a carer’s registration form, if required, before being able to use the pool.

Please click here for more information or call Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999.

*for families with special needs

How fit do you think you are?

Here at Feel Good Fitness our Fitness Testing Support Service, which uses FitnessAge, will allow our trainers to develop a comprehensive training programme based on the results of your fitness test.

Ever wondered whether you’re ageing faster or slower than you should be? After reaching the age of 21, your chronological age has very little meaning or relevance when compared to the physical condition of your body and overall health. Ageing doesn’t happen with just the rising and setting of the sun, but rather is heavily influenced by how you treat your body

So what Is FitnessAge?
FitnessAge is a breakthrough fitness assessment programme that inspires and motivates real change. FitnessAge provides a fun and easy to understand fitness assessment experience.

Age vs FitnessAge
A 42 year old can have a FitnessAge of 64 or 24, depending on how well they have looked after themselves. For example, if a 42 year old had neglected their health and fitness and their FitnessAge is 64, this means they are physically performing at the same level as the average 64 year old. On the flip side, an older individual who is health conscious could maintain the physical condition of a much younger person.

If you would like to book a test or have any questions please email or call 020 3772 2999.

Please note our fitness testing support service is only available to Feel Good Fitness direct debit and annual members.

Do you enjoy playing badminton?

Our Badminton Club at Whitton Sports & Fitness Centre caters for players of all standards. With a mix of experienced players and a fully qualified coach on hand to give advice should you want it, you’ll be able to enjoy badminton on your own terms.

We are always looking for new players to come along and join in and we will always make you feel welcome.

Badminton Club sessions are available:

Adult Badminton Club 16yrs+
Thursday 8.30-10.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 12noon (family session for adults and children aged 8+years)

Click here for more information or contact the centre reception on 020 3772 2999.

Get into the pool and get into Aqua

How would you like to try a different fitness class? Well get your swimming costume on and head for the pool!

So what’s great about Aqua? Well it’s suitable for everyone, but it’s particularly beneficial for anyone returning to exercise or recovering from injury.

It incorporates aerobic, conditioning and core moves. The combination of the cushioning effect of the water and increased resistance makes for a highly effective all over workout that’s kind to the body’s joints.

Classes are available at Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre at the following times:




Please click here for more information about our fitness class programme or call us on 020 3772 2999.

Swimming isn’t just about ploughing up and down in a lane. Why not give Aqua a try today!

Would you like to work as a pool lifeguard?

Lifeguards are an integral part of the staff at a swimming pool. They keep an eye on everything happening from poolside and are qualified to intervene and even save someone’s life if they are in trouble.

Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre runs National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) courses throughout the year.

The role is nearly always offered on a part time basis and this flexibility means it is often taken up by young people at college or university. For many lifeguarding provides an excellent foundation for a career in the leisure industry – many pool managers began their professional careers as a lifeguard.

The UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland that complies with the industry requirements. This qualification is a recruitment requirement for a number of leisure jobs from Pool Lifeguard to Centre Manager. On successful completion of this course you will be fully qualified to work as a Pool Lifeguard in the UK.

The NPLQ course comprises both physical training and theoretical classroom work, followed by a water based practical test, dry assessment on pool rescue, first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and lifesaving skills.

All applicants must be 16 years or over.

The next course will be held from Tuesday 7 April to Sunday 12 April.

If you would like to register your interest please email Tony at

Please click here for more information or contact Teddington Pools & Fitness Centre on 020 3772 2999.

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