Council say it is never to late to get back into fitness

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It’s never too late to get that tracksuit back on – as men over 60 are proving at centres across St Helens.

St Helens Council’s Sports Development team has teamed up with colleagues from Public Health to reach out and engage with males aged 60 plus in a range of healthy sport, recreational and social activities.

The project is the first of its kind in the borough and is being supported by Helena Partnerships, ReNew Parr, the Bridgewater Health Improvement Team and local sports clubs.

Those taking part can try their hand at archery, indoor and outdoor bowls, darts, new age kurling and table tennis. More activities will be added as participant needs are identified.

All activities are free.

Attendees can now benefit even more from the free sessions as attending 12 weekly sessions will mean that they receive a FREE 6 month Go Active Gym membership.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Andy Bowden said: “Getting as many people involved in sport and physical activity has many important health benefits – especially around heart related issues - and it’s great fun too!

“We’ll be looking to engage as many people as possible at these and other events around the borough in the near future.”

Cath Brooks, outreach team supervisor at Helena Partnerships, added: “Working with partners to deliver projects like this is just one way Helena supports its customers and helps to improve the health and wellbeing of people in all our communities.

“Through these fun and informative activity sessions we hope to really make a difference to the lives of men over 60.”

There are sessions currently taking place at the Deafness Resource Centre, Leaf Centre, Park Farm ACYP Centre, Rainford/Spinney Community Green, Garswood Labour Club Green, Newton-le-Willows Family and Community Centre, St Nicholas Church Hall, United Reform Church Hall Town Centre and United Reform Church Hall Toll Barr.

Look out for the posters and flyers across the borough.

For more information please contact Michaylo Fedyk on 01744 675402 or email sportsdevelopment@sthelens.gov.uk