Keeping the body and mind in shape throughout exam leave

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 16:05 on 2 May 2014.
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ARE YOU a high pupil? Are you preparing for your exams? Well, you’re probably hearing about how you should keep both your mind and body healthy; and, with the return of study leave exercise classes once more, S5 and S6 pupils in Cumbernauld will be able to keep their bodies – as well as their minds – in shape.

North Lanarkshire Council has announced that fifth and sixth year high pupils across the region will once again be able to get exclusive study leave memberships to NL Leisure facilities during their period of exam leave.

The council’s scheme aims to ensure that pupils can effectively manage the potential stresses of exam time by taking time out to enjoy health and fitness activities, which have been proven to boost both the body and the mind. And, this year, for the first time, pupils will be able to take part in exclusive study leave classes at the Ravenscraig, Broadwood and Airdrie sports centres.

The exclusive fitness classes being run include Youth Yoga at Ravenscraig on Mondays between 1.30pm and 2.15pm, Body Blast at Broadwood from 1.00pm to 1.45pm, Circuits at Airdrie on Tuesdays between 12.00pm and 12.45pm, in addition to Spin bike sessions at Airdrie between 12.30pm and 1.15pm.

Councillor Jim Logue, Chair of NLL and Convener of Learning and Leisure Services, said: "Exam times can be stressful for pupils and this is a very positive scheme that will hopefully help them prepare and achieve to the best of their abilities during the exam period.”

As part of the scheme last year, hundreds of school pupils joined the programme and maintained their memberships after the study leave period of membership, with runs between May 1st and May 31st.

"This initiative, which has proven popular over many years, is about supporting our young people at one of the most challenging periods of their lives and I would encourage pupils to take advantage of this great health and fitness offer,” Cllr Logue continued.

Membership of the scheme allows S5 and S6 pupils across North Lanarkshire to gain unlimited use of gyms (including inductions), swimming pools, health suites, fitness classes and Slimming NL, between May 1st and May 31st. 

Cllr Logue added: "We look forward to welcoming pupils to our leisure centres during the study period and wish them all well with their studies.

"I am delighted youngsters will have this opportunity during their very important study leave period and wish them all every success during their exams."

The study leave membership is available at 13 leisure facilities across North Lanarkshire, including Ravenscraig, Airdrie Leisure Centre, Aquatec, Broadwood NL, Iain Nicolson Centre, John Smith Pool, Keir Hardie Centre, Kilsyth Pool, Shotts Leisure Centre, Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex, Tryst Sports Centre, Wishaw Sports Centre and the Time Capsule.

And, although the free membership period will come to an end after exams, pupils will be able to continue their health and fitness programme by taking advantage of a special promotional offer for Access NL membership once the study leave period has expired, which means that pupils will be offered the first three months of their membership at half price – or £8.50 per month – and at £17 per month thereafter.

To activate Study Leave membership pupils can contact Access NL on 01236 341969 or visit 

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