1. What is Shift into Sports?
2. How do I sign up?
3. Who is running this programme?
4. Who supports this programme?
5. How much does it cost to take part?
6. Do I have to sign a contract?
7. What about joining fees?
8. Can anyone take part?
9. I hate sport. I hate the gym. I hate swimming. I’ve got two left feet and can’t play football. Why should I bother?
10. What sports are on offer?
11. Can I sign up at a club/centre?
12. Can I register by telephone?
13. I have a disability. Can I join the programme?
14. When can I start getting access to my club/centre?
15. Can I join with a friend?
16. Can I join any club/centre?
17. I’m interested in Nordic Walking. Can you tell me more about it?
18. I just want to play football. How do I book a pitch?
19. I’m interested in British Military Fitness. Can you tell me more about it?
20. Will there be enough places for everyone?
21. What if there are not enough places for me?
22. I already belong to a gym. Can I cancel and sign up for Shift?
23. What should I take to my induction?
24. What should I wear to the gym?
25. What should I wear to play football?
26. If I have a problem, who should I contact?
27. How do I cancel my membership?
28. What will you do with data relating to me?
29. Who will have access to my information?
Shift is a programme designed to help more people play sport and be active by providing heavily reduced rates. You will only be able to use the facilities at certain times of day. However, in return for you being flexible in when you use the facility, we will be flexible in what you are charged.
As long as you are willing to use the facilities within the times they are available to you, we will charge you as low as £3.99 per week.
If your company is one of the few in London that have access to this scheme, then just press here, agree with agreement, enter your correct email address, name, surname and the code specially provided to you. Then system will send message to specified email with password. If you didn't get message, but sure that you typed everything right and there is no message in SPAM folder - please contact us.
It’s your time to choose. Have a look at what’s on offer. Where does it suit you to be active? Is it close to home or near work? It’s your choice. Find the club or centre that suits you best, and meets your price range.
Shift is a not-for-profit company, set up in partnership with Sport England, the Mayor of London and the Fitness Industry Association. We’ve got no interest in making bucket loads of cash. We want you to get active and love sport. We’ve got no contracts, no joining fee and if you loose the active bug, we want you to move along to make room for someone else.
When you’ve made your choice, we’ll need a few more details – where you live, what you’re interested in, get you to let us know a little about your health and take your payments.
We’re not in it to make money but you’ve still got to pay! You’ll have the choice of making a direct debit payment or setting up a regularised card payment – you will not have to worry about it each month, we’ll simply let you know if there’s a problem.
Once you’ve signed in, paid up for a month in advance, and given us the info we need, we’ll let your club or centre know you’re in.
Shift is being operated by Shift into Sports Limited, an operating company set up by the Fitness Industry Association’s charitable body, the Health and Fitness Foundation.
The operating company reports into the Health and Fitness Foundation, the Fitness Industry Association and representatives of Addison Lee, the Mayor of London and Sport England.
Shift into Sport is supported by its technology partner Haulmont who designed and run the website and all on-line functionality.
Shift has been set up with financial support from the Mayor of London, Sport England and Addison Lee. Shift has been developed with investement from Sky as well as conuntial support from it's technology partner Haulmont.
It is operated by a not-for-profit company called Shift into Sports Limited. All of the money that we raise through fees is reinvested back through the Health and Fitness Foundation, Shift’s charitable body.
It’s entirely up to you. Some offers on Shift are as low as £3.99 per week. Why not take a look through what is on offer to find the right package for you.
Absolutely not. We ask you to pay your first month up front and give us one months notice when you want to quit. That’s it.
We’ve asked our providers to not charge you a joining fee. However, some of our providers will give you a personal training session, a special six week training programme, a gym bag and additional bonuses worth up to £100 in total, in exchange for an initial starting fee. It’s your choice to go for that package, or find another place locally that does not charge this fee.
No. Shift is specifically designed to be offered to employees of selected companies and organisations. Some companies and organisations we deliver shift with have given acces to their employees family members.
If you would like to take part in Shift, all you need to do is get your company to contact us and we will try to find a way to make it work.
9. I hate sport. I hate the gym. I hate swimming. I’ve got two left feet and can’t play football. Why should I bother?
Whatever you might think, there is an activity which suits us all. Being active at least 30 minutes a day can significantly reduce the risk of a number of lifestyle related diseases such as heart disease, type II diabetes and cancer. More importantly, being active can help you keep up with the kids, have fun with your mates, feel less stressed and help you sleep better at night.
Why not give it one more go? Ask an instructor at one of our venues to help you through the initial pain until you manage to catch that active buzz.
If the gym, the pool or the pitch is simply not your thing, why don’t you head outside with the crew from the British Military Fitness. Over 30,000 people across the country are now working out with a difference with the help of hundreds of ex military trainers who are able to give you that extra gee-up you need.
Alternatively, why not try one of the growing number of expert Nordic Walking instructors. Nordic Walking is a great way to get started with exercise and slowly build up your fitness.
Each club and centre offers a different service for you to get involved in. Why not review the sites nearest to you, or best located in terms of your place of work, to find out what suits you best.
No. Unfortunately, you have to sign up online.
No. Unfortunately, you have to sign up online. If there are any problems, please contact us using web form.
Yes. Shift is dedicated to helping everyone to live a healthy, active and sporting lifestyle. All our facilities should be able to provide services to all members of the community. However, for those people with a disability, you might want to search for facilities which have been accredited through the Inclusive Fitness Initiative, a programme which certifies excellence in service for disabled people.
Once your payment has been confirmed, an email will be sent notifying you of your successful registration. This will also be sent to your club/centre of choice. You then need to contact the centre and arrange a time to activate your membership and get started.
Research has shown that you are more likely to stick with a training programme or play sport if it is with some friends. Why not get small groups of your work colleagues together? You’ll be more likely to attend regularly and get the most from your membership if you get a little help from your friends.
You can join any of the sites which are listed on the programme website. Search for venues near to your home or workplace and see what’s on offer – it might be that it’s a gym, a gym with a pool, a gym with a pool and some exercise classes or simply a football pitch – there’s bound to be something to suit you.
Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do…. twice as effective! Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking.
The poles help to propel the walker along – this means you work harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running as the poles are not planted in front of the walker/runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing. Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN!
We have some specialist Nordic Walking Instructors supporting Shift so why not give it a go?
You need to go through the initial registration process (name, email address, company password). Once this is completed, search for the best pitch for you and book your time slot. Regrettably there is no refund available on football bookings so you will need to ensure that you attend at the time you have chosen.
Operating in parks across the UK, British Military Fitness offer a great way to get fit and lose weight whilst having great fun with other people.
BMF’s military fitness classes are run by serving or former members of the armed forces with recognised fitness training qualifications. They will help motivate and encourage you back into fitness!
Classes are graded by ability group and are for members of the public. They are designed for ALL abilities, from those just starting to exercise who want to lose weight, to the already very fit. If exercising indoors isn’t your thing, or you need a little bit more motivation, BMF could be just the ticket for you.
No. Each of our partners has only provided a certain number of places for Shift participants. They still have lots of normal members and this is a special deal and offer which needs to be controlled and managed.
If you see something you want, you are advised to book it pretty quickly!
If you find something that you really want, and there are no places left, why not put yourself on the waiting list. We’ll contact the club/centre for you and tell them there’s someone waiting… you might be pleasantly surprised by their response!
Of course, there’s a chance that you might slip through the net. However this is an offer that is designed to support people who have not had memberships in the past to try something new at a lower cost.
When you first visit the gym you should take:
Some form of identification (passport/driving licence/student card) together with proof of address (a bill or bank statement)
Training clothes and other gym bag essentials – as you are likely to try out the equipment as part of your induction.
The number one rule is to wear something that you are comfortable in. Trainers, a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms, leggings or shorts are all normal wear. After your first couple of visits you’ll suss out what’s most comfortable for you.
Similar to the gym – whatever you are combfortable in wearing. You should also always wear shin-pads and check with your facility as to appropriate footwear – some pitches are not suitable for “blades” or studs.
Please get in touch via the “Contact us” page.
You can do it any time, online only. You will have to provide one months notice of cancellation for which you will be charged.
Your data will be stored in line with the Data Protection Act and will only be used to assess the effectiveness of the programme. You may be contacted from time to time for this purpose.
The administrators of the programme will be able to see all information other than financial records which are encrypted and always kept securely.
Shift into Sports in managed by the FIA (Fitness Industry Association). Our registered offices are Castlewood House, New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1PX