Friday, 7 June 2013

Over 50s On Their Marks For Forever Active Event

Residents across South Cambridgeshire are under starter’s orders to secure their place in our Get Active in the Park event, aimed to introduce the over 50s, and those returning to a more active lifestyle, to new activities.

The event, organised jointly by South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Sport Lakes, builds on the success of last year’s Forever Active Sports Day and aims to raise awareness of the substantial health benefits of continued physical, social and mental activity.

Activities have been designed to suit all tastes, abilities and energy levels, from taster classes in T’ai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and dance to a led cycle ride, Nordic walking, fishing, archery, fencing, golf and even water sports for the more adventurous, including canoeing and paddle boarding.

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a well deserved break into the evening with a barbecue and music.

The event will take place on Thursday 20 June, from 2pm to 8pm, at Milton Country Park. It is free to attend, but there is a £2 car parking fee at the Country Park. Visitors can turn up and register at any point throughout the day, but if you would like to receive a full programme of activities and register your attendance in advance contact Kirsty Human on (01954) 713297 or email kirsty.human@scambs.gov.uk

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for new communities, Cllr Pippa Corney, said: “In South Cambridgeshire we are committed to providing sporting opportunities for all and this event is designed to help ensure that older people have the opportunity to try their hand at new sports in a fun and friendly way.

“Encouraging people to stay active as they get older provides many benefits, it helps them to maintain independence, increase their social networks, get out and about in the community, learn new skills, increase energy levels and zest for life.”

Cambridge City Councillor Sarah Brown said: "Helping people stay active longer is an important part of promoting and maintaining physical and mental health for longer. I am pleased that Cambridge City Council is adding its support to this event."