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Free activity sessions for over 65s

Introduction

If you're over 65 and have always wanted to try a new activity then here's your chance - for free! Chichester Get Active is a new activity scheme for people over 65 from Chichester Wellbeing. It provides support to help people find their ideal activity and includes a voucher to try that activity once for free.


Dozens of local sport and activity providers across the Chichester area, from bowls to swimming, are offering people their first session free for an activity of their choice. More than 200 activities are available.

Over 65s make up 26% of the population in the Chichester District. Sport England research has shown that 52% of adults in England would like to be more active, but that people are put off if they can't find a suitable activity close to them. Chichester Get Active aims to help people find an activity that suits their ability, interests and confidence levels.

The activity advisors will help people choose an activity that suits their ability, and will find a location close to where they live and that is easily accessible to them.

Madge Lambert from Selsey is 90 and still makes sure she makes time for her regular circuit class at Westgate Leisure Chichester. She says: "I really enjoy coming to the classes. We do cycling, trampolining, rowing, step ups, weights and walking. I do feel it is doing me good. I also enjoy the social side of coming here as we do have a good laugh in the class. I am sure it has kept me going and my daughters encourage me to keep up the classes."

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Wellbeing and Community Services, says: "We know that staying active is vital at all stages of life, not because of the obvious health benefits, but also because they can be a way of meeting new people and enjoying yourself.

"If you're over 65, would like to get a bit more active or take up a new activity then this if for you!

"Many people are put off getting active because they think it will be too strenuous, they haven't exercised for some time, or perhaps they don't know where to go. We hope Chichester Get Active will help people find something they'll enjoy, start at their own pace and then continue to enjoy."

To register call free on 0808 172 9472. For more information about Chichester Wellbeing please contact Elaine Thomas 01243 534588