A Deep Dive Into St Sidwell's Point and Couch to 5km!

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A Deep Dive Into St Sidwell's Point and Couch to 5km!

March 2022

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As we enter the Spring we have plenty to look forward to at Exeter Leisure, most notably the eagerly anticipated opening of our brand new leisure centre St Sidwell's Point, we can't wait for you to step inside!


St Sidwell's Point Opening Date!


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We are delighted to announce that our brand new state-of-the-art leisure centre, St Sidwell's Point will be opening on 29th April, not long to go now!


You can pay as you go or you can get yourself a membership on the Exeter Leisure app!

App Store - https://apple.co/3oNyhD4
Google Play - https://bit.ly/3cobz0O


'The Spa' at St Sidwell's Point


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Relax and unwind at 'The Spa' at St Sidwell's Point. There are 4 treatment rooms for you to use with therapeutic treatments from GAIA. But that's not all, you can also try out out the sauna, saunarium, salt vapour room, whirlpool, hot beds, foot spas, rooftop terrace as well as the private bar and relaxation lounge!




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There are 3 pools for you to use at St Sidwell's Point: An 8 lane 25m competition pool, a 6 lane 20m learner pool and a confidence pool for your little ones to take their first strokes! All of our pools use very low levels of chlorine to keep the water healthy, thanks to the advanced water treatment equipment we are using.


The competition and learner pool both have moveable floors allowing for a range of depth to enable different activities.




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The gym at St Sidwell's Point is filled with over 100 stations of equipment that has been carefully selected by our gym team so you can maximise your workout. Here's what you can expect to see at the gym:


Live Run (treadmil), Live Synchro (Elliptical), Live Climb (Stairmaster), Live Bike, Live Recline and Live Vario (AMT).




Pure Strength:
Chest Press, Pull Down, Hip Thrust, Shoulder Press, Leg Extension, Standing Leg Curl, Seated Calf, Kickback, Hack Squat, Pullover, Low Row, Low Row and Linear Leg Press.


Free Weights:
Multipower (Smith Machine), Olympic Half Rack, Olympic Flat Bench, Olympic Incline Bench, Olympic Full Rack (with Olympic weightlifting platform), Fixed Barbells 10kg - 55kg, Dumbbells 1kg - 40kg and Kettlebells 4kg - 24kg.


Fixed Resistance Pin Loaded:
Selection 700 Dual Abductor/Adductor, 4 Way Cable Station, Selection 900 Arm Curl, Selection 900 Arm Extension, Selection 900 Reverse Fly, Selection 900 Pectoral Fly, Element Inclusive Shoulder Press, Element Inclusive Chest Press, Selection 900 Vertical Traction (Lat Pull Down), Selection 900 Leg Curl, Selection 900 Leg, Press, Selection 900 Lower Back and Selection 900 Low Row.


Group Exercise


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There are two fitness studios to choose from, with an extensive programme including fan-favourite Les Mills classes, plus an indoor cycling studio. The fitness studios will also have a movable wall, to accommodate different size classes throughout the day. There will also be digital screens placed within this area, giving you endless virtual classes at your fingertips!




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Both the Main Pool and Teaching Pool will be fully accessible with traditional ladder entry points along with a clever set of steps that adjusts to allow for the various height settings the pools will operate at. In addition, there will be a hydraulic platform that will gently lower and raise users in and out of the pool in a dignified manner. This is great for wheelchair users and those with restricted mobility. 

There are accessible changing areas, toilets and showers in the village changing space which feature a ‘roommate’ system for visually impaired users. A ‘Changing Places’ room with a ceiling hoist is also located in the village changing space. Banks of accessible lockers are readily available. The centre also has a lift so getting down to the pools on the lowers levels is a breeze.


Understanding Passivhaus at St Sidwell's Point


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St Sidwell's Point will be the first leisure centre in the UK to be built to Passivhaus standard, but what does this actually mean?


It's a German method of building which provides occupants with a high level of comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling.


In order to achieve the Passivhaus standard, St Sidwell's Point will have: High levels of insulation, high performance windows with insulated frames, airtight building fabric and a mechanical ventilation system with highly efficient heat recovery.


To make St Sidwell's Point environmentally friendly, the building will have a significantly lower operational cost compared to other leisure centres across the country. Such as there will be a 70% saving on energy costs when compared to a standard pool and a 50% reduction in water use, as well as a 75% reduction in space heating requirements, compared to standards practices.


The water in our pools will be of a very high quality and with minimal chemical content thanks to the new microfiltration technology. The air quality at the centre will be exceptional and will feel remarkably different than normal leisure centres in the country.


Couch to 5km!


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Couch to 5km - Free 10 week programme coming soon!


A free 10 week programme that is designed for complete beginners, where week on week you will gradually build your running ability to be able to run 5km. With a mix of walking and gentle jogging, the programme is suitable for all - whether you're a complete novice or wanting to get back into running in a safe and controlled environment with a qualified experienced couch to 5km instructor.


Monday evenings from 25th April 7pm outside Exeter Arena.

Wednesday evenings from 27th April 6pm outside Wonford Sports Centre.


If you would like to book onto any of the sessions you can email emma.kessie@exeter.gov.uk or turn up on the night!


Free car parking available


Please wear comfortable clothing that you are able to move around in and trainers.






We're looking for people to join our team at Exeter Leisure with the following vacancies:


- Duty Manager

- Recreation Assistant

- Play assistant


If this sounds the right fit for you, click the link below for more information and to apply. Keep an eye on the vacancies page for any future roles that may interest you.

Current vacancies - Exeter City Council




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Did you know you can bolt on additional activities to your membership?


Choose from swim, gym, sports, group exercise classes or health suite from just £5 per month. What's more, you can add and remove activities to suit your needs, allowing you to try something new!


To bolt on an activity to your membership head to the 'My Account' section on the Exeter Leisure App.

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