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Getting Active

The YMCA supports people to develop into healthy, confident individuals.

We are the largest voluntary sector organisation in England providing services that promote personal health and fitness, helping children, young people and communities lead healthy, active lives.

We provide flexible and creative physical activity opportunities for all that are not just limited to sports and fitness facilities. From providing opportunities for competitive and informal sport, to running activity sessions with YMCA residents, we strive to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals through a holistic approach.

In addition, every year over half a million people access group exercise programmes at YMCAs. Our facilities are renowned for being friendly, non-intimidating and are accessible and inclusive for people of all ages and skill levels. We offer a wide range of activities, such as exercise classes, sports teams, rehabilitative and other special care.

We also work with young people on a range of health issues such as healthy eating, sexual and reproductive health and drugs and alcohol counselling.

What we offer

Community Games

Community Games is a partnership programme between YMCA and the County Sports Partnership Network and aims to give everyone up and down the country the chance to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tour de Y

The YMCA Tour de Y is a new national fundraising cycling event designed to increase participation in physical activity and raise funds for local YMCAs and local YMCA projects.

Young Health Champions

The Young Health Champions project (YHC) is funded by Department of Health and aims to recruit young people as health ambassadors and young health consultants.


YMCA OnSide is a fun and inclusive club open to any young person, aged 14 to 30, who wants to develop their interests and skills in sport.


The YMCA is one of the UK’s leading trainers of fitness professionals. We offer a range of health and fitness courses for fitness instructors and those who want to start a career in fitness.

Contact your local YMCA to find out more.

Find out about the ways you can support the YMCA.

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