Oldham Active’ Under 19 Fitness Membership

Young Person’s Membership – from just £18.50 a month!

If you’re under 19 and looking to stay in shape, you can join as a Young Person member and gain access to swim sessions, classes, and the gym. You’ll also get the benefit of advanced booking up to 7 days in advance. Our memberships are divided into three age groups – 11-12, 13-15, and 16+ years – so you can find the one that is right for you. Ask in centre for more information and begin your fitness journey with us today! 

All users of the gym are required to complete a gym induction in which our team of fitness professionals will provide guidance for safe use of the equipment.


How to Sign Up

Sign-up process for 11-15 years

Parents or guardians of 11-15-year-olds must sign the UK Active Teen Gym Health Declaration and membership application form. They should also inform us in writing about any changes to the information provided or any special requirements of the child. Please bring proof of age.

At each visit, 11-15-year-olds will be given colour-coded bands to help the staff members identify their age and determine their permitted activities.

  • For individuals aged 11-12, a green band will be issued at entry.
  • For individuals aged 13-15 years, an orange band will be issued at the time of entry.

Induction process

11-15-year-olds must complete a gym induction before using the gym. Qualified or *suitable staff members always supervise the gym floor.

  • For 11-12 year olds, the program is split into two parts: 
    • General information and CV introduction.
    • Fitness programming.
  • For 13-15 year olds, the program is divided into three parts: 
    • General information and CV instruction.
    • Resistance training.
    • Fitness programming.

The sign-up process for 16+ years

OCL’s policy states that individuals 16+ are considered adult members. However, parents or guardians are required to set up a Direct Debit payment.

Induction process

Following the member induction program, members 16+ will have access to all gym equipment, fitness classes, swimming pools, and leisure centre facilities.

Use of gym equipment

Gym Equipment 11-15 years

Cardiovascular Equipment


  • Before using the CV equipment, you must complete an induction program with one of our qualified instructors.

Resistance Equipment

11-12-year-olds cannot use the static or free weight resistance equipment. 


  • You must complete a specific induction program before using the resistance equipment during Staffed Gym sessions
  • Can only use resistance equipment that is adjustable to match their size requirements. 
  • Pins, not plates – No fixed kit with plates can be used. Only machines whose weight is modified using pins. 

Free Weights Equipment & Smith Machine

11-15-year-olds cannot use the free weights or the Smith machine.

Gym Equipment 16+ years

Junior members 16+  have access to all gym equipment, fitness classes, swimming pools, and leisure centre facilities.


Exercise Classes

The information below lists the exercise classes that 11-15 year olds can join in as part of their membership. Class instructors will receive training to determine the age of participants through the use of color bands and conduct a verbal age screening before every class. However, participation in Spin classes is subject to the junior being able to safely operate the bike.


Table of classes



General Swim Sessions

Participants need to be 16 years + to attend any Adult or Adult only lane session.


We are committed to inspiring young people in Oldham to live healthy lifestyles.

Childhood obesity has been increasing for more than three decades and has become a common problem. In Oldham, this issue is particularly concerning, with almost 25% of 4-5-year-olds being overweight or obese and 10% being obese. The numbers are even higher for 10-11-year-olds. Therefore, it is essential to take measures to address this problem. Reducing childhood obesity can have various benefits, including improved academic performance, behaviour, self-esteem, social responsibility, and better health.

We want to improve their well-being and instil healthy habits and lifestyle choices at an early age. It is why Oldham Active has updated our approach for 11-15-year-olds, enabling them to access a broader range of activities more frequently. We first introduced Young Person’s Membership in October 2021. Since launching, its popularity has grown and Oldham Active currently has over 1500 young members across its five facilities in the borough.

Safety and ethics are of the utmost importance regarding children and physical activity. To address this, we have launched an all-inclusive policy based on best practices from other leisure trusts, our experience, and expert guidelines such as Quality Leisure Management’s Young Persons Use of Fitness Gym 2016 and the ACSM Guidelines for Resistance Training For Kids 2016.

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Please contact us using the form below and send us a message.
Alternatively you can telephone our Contact Team on 0161 207 7000. We look forward to hearing from you.

**Please note this form is for general enquiries only and should not be used for membership cancellations or freezes, please email info@ocll.co.uk**

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