Issued by City of York Council
Fancy trying out a new sport or fitness activity, returning to one you’ve neglected for years or simply want to find out what’s available every week in York? Time to pull on the sports kits then, and limber up for the 50+ Games!
York’s Eng-AGE 50+ Games, organised by City of York Council’s sport and active leisure team, take place from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 6 October, coinciding with the annual York 50+ Festival.
The Games are designed to encourage those who want to try different fitness activities to ‘have a go’ in a friendly and supportive environment. They also help raise awareness of what is on offer in York for those who may want to return to a sport or fitness activity after a break.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “This year we have 14 different clubs, organisations and facilities taking part, offering over 35 taster and coaching sessions, most of which are free! This is the second successful year for the Games, which introduces some new sessions in cycling, sailing and football.
“Whatever your age it’s important to do just 30 minutes of physical activity a day and if you’re over 50 these Games will help show you some great ideas to help you do this.”
Activities on offer throughout the week include tennis, bowls, walking, pilates, jogging, badminton, multi-activities, Kendo (a form of martial arts), volleyball, yoga and swimming.
Energise and Yearsley Pool will be offering free 1:1 swimming lessons and swim sessions. Also available is an extremely fast-growing sport for the over 50s, Racketball.
This is played on a squash court with a bigger racket head and bouncier ball than squash, making it suitable for beginners and popular with those (looking for an alternative to squash or tennis) who feel squash may be too fast.
The Eng-AGE 50+ Games was last awarded the Inspire Mark, which nationally recognised good examples of accessible sports and fitness activities. Over 90 people took part in the Games last year, and with more on offer this year the challenge is on to encourage even more to have a go.
For further information about the Games visit the council’s Eng-AGE page, call City of York Council’s Older Peoples’ Activity Officer Catriona Sudlow on 01904 553377 or pick up a leaflet from libraries and other outlets.
People who are interested in taking part can simply turn up at most sessions, with the exception of pilates and yoga, where places should be booked in advance.
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