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Take the Pressure Off: Free gym and pool access for Year 12 students

YMCA centres across NSW and ACT are offering free access to students currently completing their Year 12 exams. 

“Take the Pressure Off” is a YMCA NSW initiative designed to give students the opportunity to stay active and keep their wellbeing in mind during stressful exam periods.

Alice Parker, a 2017 HSC student, said the free gym access enabled her to add more structure to her study routine when she participated last year.

“I found the free fitness scheme for HSC students really helped me to balance my studies,” Alice said. “The regular exercise also assisted me to relieve stress and clear my head, allowing me to study more effectively. 

“It was a great way to stay fit and positive during such a stressful time.”

Studies have shown that physical activity can reduce symptoms of anxiety and also improve cognitive function, focus, attention and social health (Biddle and Asare, 2011; Liu, Wu and Ming, 2015; Camero et al., 2012). 

YMCA NSW Fitness Program Specialist Alisa Wells said the benefits of exercise could be wide reaching for students during this challenging time.

“Opening up the use of our facilities to enable students to take the pressure off with some healthy study break options is just a small way we can support our local communities,” Ms Wells said. 

“At YMCA NSW, we believe in the power of inspired young people. We’re encouraging young people during their exams by providing a supportive social environment to de-stress and re-energise.”

Year 12 students can claim a free membership to access participating YMCA NSW recreation centres from the start of October until Friday 9 November 2018.

Go to or visit your local participating centre to access this offer.

Media contact: 
Jessica Warren
Communications Officer | YMCA NSW 
M: 0408 762 703

YMCA NSW is a profit-for-purpose organisation focused on healthy living, social impact and empowering young people. We operate 22 recreation centres, 63 Out of School Hours Care services and two camping locations which fund our diverse range of community programs. We’ve been creating positive change and supporting communities for more than 165 years. Visit 

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