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York’s Better Leisure Centres: There is something for everyone!

Whether you’re looking for family activities or taking your first steps on your fitness journey, you and your family will find everything you need at your local Better Leisure Centre in York.

Across our four leisure centres: Energise Leisure Centre, York Leisure Centre, Yearsley Pool and Burnholme Sports Centre, there is a great range of activities to choose from.

Family Friendly Activities

Clip n Climb: located with York Leisure Centre Clip ‘N Climb Arena provides a range of colourful climbing walls, providing fun and adventure for both child and adult climbers alike. Suitable for those aged 4 and up.

Our York clip and climb sessions include a quick induction so you’re ready to scale the heights. Each 7.5m climbing panel is also equipped with auto belay – an automatic safety feature – to take up the slack as you climb then lower you gently and securely to the floor.

Open every day during school holidays and Friday – Sundays term time.

New for 2023: A SEN focused Clip 'n' Climb session with reduced capacity and no music to support any sensory sensitivities. The Clip 'n' Climb Arena provides a range of colourful climbing walls, providing fun and adventure for both child and adult climbers alike. Fridays at 3:40 – 4:40pm

Follow this link to book onto a session.  

Swimming:

Energise Leisure Centre: 25meter main pool, smaller learner pool and hydrotherapy pool.

York Leisure Centre: 25meter main pool, smaller learner pool and toddlers splash pad with toddler slide and interactive play systems.

Yearsley Swimming Pool: 45.7meter main pool.

Sessions available include:

Swim For All:
 Open pool for general swimming

Swim For Fitness: Lane Swimming

Aqua Splash: Inflatable Session (Only available at Yearsley Swimming Pool)

Inclusive Swimming: A swimming session for people with disabilities and their carers and family in a friendly and safe environment. Pool Hoist assisted entry to the pool and easy access steps available. Available at Energise Leisure Centre: Tuesday 10.30 - 11.45am and Sunday 2.45 - 3.45pm and York Leisure Centre on Saturdays at 16:15 – 17:15. 

Click on the links below to book your place:

York Leisure Centre
Energise Leisure Centre
Yearsley Swimming Pool

Toddlers World Soft Play

Situated within York Leisure Centres Sports Hall, Toddlers World is our fun and interactive soft play session for children aged 6 months to 5 years.

As part of our soft play area, our brand new Jungle Bouncer has an integrated soft matting area with jungle animal play shapes. There is also a separate matted area, again with more fun soft play shapes.

Available: Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays 9am – 12pm

Follow this link to book onto a session.

To find out more please email us at York.Leisure@GLL.ORG or visit our website.

Active Sessions

Fitness Classes: We have classes for the whole community, from high-energy dance or cardio classes to strength, conditioning, mind and body. There’s something for everyone across all centres. Available to members and non members.

Click on the links below to book your place:

York Leisure Centre
Energise Leisure Centre
Burnholme Sports Centre


Racquet Sports: 
Playing badminton and Table tennis is a great way to get active, have fun and stay healthy, whatever your age or level of ability. So boost your mental, physical and social health by hiring a court today.

Click on the links below to book your place:

York Leisure Centre
Energise Leisure Centre
Burnholme Sports Centre


Gym: Wherever you are on your fitness journey, the centres gyms have been designed with a range of equipment to suit everyone’s needs including a range of inclusive fitness equipment.

Offering a range of flexible options including monthly DD memberships with no contracts, short term memberships from one day to two weeks, annual options, as well as pay as you go options.

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