Activity Buddies at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Activity Buddies at Stoke Mandeville Stadium!

We understand that coming into the Leisure Centre for the first time, or coming back after a while can be a little overwhelming; this is why our Activity Buddy Scheme is open to anyone who feels they would benefit from coming in with a friend when using the gym or going for a swim. 

As a project funded by Sport England, we are able to offer some great benefits to those on the scheme:

  • Participants pay only £3.60 for a swim or gym session, which is a large reduction on our normal adult prices.
  • Activity Buddies do not pay while they are buddying and as a thank you, they receive a FREE activity session to come in whenever they like.

Who can take part?

Participants – those who would like to come in with a friend

We are welcoming a wide range of people onto the scheme, including those with, but not limited to: anxiety, covid-related conditions, including long covid, mental health, reduced mobility and dementia.  Participants do not need to provide proof that they are eligible.

Activity Buddies – those who like to be a friend to someone

Being an Activity Buddy simply involves giving some of your time to come in and support someone who would like a friend to swim or go to the gym with.  It does not involve personal training, instructing anyone on how to exercise or any personal care – it’s essentially being a supportive friend.

How do I join?

Both participants and buddies will need to become members of our ‘Timebank’ and Stoke Mandeville Stadium so that we can apply the discounts (there is no charge for this).  Once you are signed up, it is pay-as-you-go and you can come as often as you like!

Visit for more information.  Alternatively, email or call the team at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on 01296 484848 and ask to speak to Peter, their Volunteering co-ordinator.


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