Thursday, 24 June 2021

Over 60s urged to get active

A PROJECT has been launched in South Oxfordshire to help get people over 60 more active.

A PROJECT has been launched in South Oxfordshire to help get people over 60 more active.

South Oxfordshire District Council has been awarded £227,000 by Sport England for “Go Active Gold”.

This is a three-year project aiming to offer sports and exercise classes for people older than 60 in rural areas.

The sessions will start in January and target different villages each year in order to encourage people to do 30 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Taster sessions will be held in Woodcote, Watlington and Shiplake with further events in the future.

They will be led by Go Active Gold “activators” and local sports and activity coaches. Some of the activities involved include dance, tai chi, table tennis, golf, bowls, pilates and yoga.

District councillor Anna Badcock, cabinet member for leisure at the district council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this Sport England funding.

“Being active is vital for a healthy old age — by exercising we can reduce the years confined to an armchair and stay able to go out with friends and family. This funding means that more people can join exercise groups close to home.”

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