Former servicemen and women living in Hertsmere are now able to benefit from discounted leisure centre membership in a deal aimed at repaying our national heroes.
The current discounts on a range of membership packages for active military personnel available at the Furzefield leisure centre in Potters Bar, Bushey Grove leisure centre and The Venue leisure centre in Borehamwood have been extended to include veterans who live in the borough. The deal, proposed by leisure provider, InspireAll Leisure and Family Support Services and approved by Hertsmere Borough Councillors, means that former armed forces personnel can now benefit from unlimited access to fitness, spa and swimming facilities, at reduced cost.
In addition, recipients of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, Armed Forces Independence Payments and War Pension Scheme are eligible for a Concession Leisure Card. Concession card holders qualify for discounts off certain activities, such as fitness, swimming and sports. As is customary, all former armed forces personnel will receive free unlimited access to centres on Armed Forces Day next month (June 21).
Barry Ellis, InspireAll’s Regional Manager said: “We are delighted to work with Hertsmere Borough Council on expanding our offer to ex-personnel.
"The pandemic has caused so many people to re-evaluate their health and we want to do all that we can to welcome the community back into fitness an leisure.
"Veterans across the borough have given so much to the country and we are delighted to offer something back to them.”
InspireAll bosses have also pledged to prioritise employment and training opportunities for veterans.
Veterans can now receive a 20 per cent discount on training for leisure qualifications and all veterans who apply for a job up to Duty Manager status will be guaranteed an interview.
In November last year, councillors agreed a motion calling on the council to continue to ‘recognise the need to support veterans as a way of repaying our national heroes, once they leave the armed forces.’
Cllr Caroline Clapper, our Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “I’m delighted that InspireAll, working with our Leisure Member Panel, has taken this further step to support our armed forces.
“We’re determined as a council to continually seek ways to show our support for the armed forces and use our influence to encourage others in the public and private sector to do the same.
“The past 12 months have been hard for everyone. Veterans, like many other groups, are vulnerable to Covid-19, as many are dealing with pre-existing mental and physical health-related issues, as a consequence of their active service.
“This initiative is just one way to acknowledge and help relieve the increased pressure veterans have been under and do what we can to pay them back for their invaluable contribution to protecting our way of life.”
We are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant Board, known as Hertfordshire Heroes, which works across Hertfordshire to ensure that veterans and those in the Armed Forces are recognised, remembered and supported.
Posted on Thursday 13th May 2021