March 11, 2011 11.43 am This story is over 152 months old

Extension for over 50s active project

Always fit: Funding for a project to encourage Lincoln’s over 50s to take up fitness activities has been extended.

A City Council-ran project to encourage Lincoln’s over 50s to take up activities like New Age Kurling and Wii Fit games has been extended.

Called Active Over 50s, the project involved almost 2,000 people in Lincoln over the past year with exercise classes across the city.

Funding for the scheme from Sport England has now been extended.

Max Merritt, the City of Lincoln Council’s project officer for the Active Over 50, is pleased funding for the project has been extended.

“In the last year alone, 1,895 people aged over 50 have come along to exercise sessions that are designed specifically for that age group.

“I’ve also managed to recruit 11 volunteers, who help to run community sessions each week.

“The project has definitely brought people together and increased their activity levels, which is having a positive affect on their health, so I’m pleased that it’s been extended.”

City Councillor Alister Williams said: “As a city, we have a lower than average activity rate, so we’re keen to promote active lifestyles as much as possible.

“Our over 50s activity sessions give this group of people the chance to stay active, get together and take part in exercise classes that are a bit different and good fun.”

— See a timetable for Active Over 50s classes

Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photo: Lincolnshire Sports Partnership