Everyday ActivIpswich

Helping motivate and inspire people over 45 to make positive changes to their lifestyle through physical activity.

About ActivIpswich

ActivIpswich is a partnership between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council that is focussed on supporting and encouraging people, who are over 45 and not currently involved in regular sport and/or physical activity, by providing accessible sports opportunities.

Our programmes are particularly targeted at those who are 45 years of age and over. We welcome all new participants. Don’t worry about your playing standard – we are a project that provides for all levels of ability.

The emphasis is very much upon the social as well as the physical benefits that can be gained from getting involved with regular physical activity.

Many of our participants have either a long term health condition and/or a disability (35-40%). We tend to deliver slightly unusual sports in community venues, so please give us a look even you have never thought of yourself as being particularly ‘sporty’ – You might surprise yourself!

We offer community sport sessions that are:

  • Friendly and informal – most involve a cup of tea and a biscuit!
  • Targeted at the over 45’s (many of our participants are in their 70’s and 80’s)
  • Welcoming to people who are new to sport as well as those who haven’t played for years. You won’t need any special kit or equipment
  • Without membership fees – we only charge session fees so you only pay for the sessions that you attend. (The first session is always free)
  • Suitable for mature participants and those with limited mobility

These are in a variety of sports including boccia, badminton, kurling, lawn bowls, short mat bowls, table tennis, short tennis, walking football, and multi sports.

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A weekly programme of SPORTS sessions

We run a variety of scheduled weekly sporting sessions that include archery, boccia, badminton, kurling, lawn bowls, short mat bowls, table tennis, short tennis, walking football, and multi sports. To find out when our next session is please go to the events section below.

‘one-off’ Activity Introduction sessions

We offer bespoke group activity sessions to specific groups such as community, church or support groups that already meet regularly. We encourage sport or physical activity as part of their programme. This could be a kurling, Boccia, bowls or table tennis session. As they are ‘one-offs’ they do not appear on the regular programme and details of these will be found on our events list below.

6 week Taster Courses

We offer courses in a specific sport, an example of which is our current archery taster courses. We don’t require you to commit to all six sessions – you can just ‘pay and play’. This gives you a chance to learn a new sport in a friendly, sociable and non- threatening environment. These do cost money however and the charges vary depending on the sport. Details of any upcoming taster courses will be found in the event section below.

friendly competitions

Recently ActivIpswich has organised a number of friendly competitions particularly in kurling, boccia and badminton.

ActivLives Community Games

In the summer of 2016 we held the first ActivLives Community Games. This is a fun day of social and accessible multi – sports run along a vaguely ‘Olympic style’ format. Contact us if you would like to get involved in the next one!

Our Staff

Mike McCarthy

ActivIpswich Project Manager

I have been working with ActivLives on the ActivIpswich project since August 2014. I love the job – the people who come along to our sessions are brilliant and despite being a project for people who don’t think of themselves as being ‘sporty’, so many of our participants realise that they really enjoy sport and physical activity once they start to get involved.
After completing a BA (Hons) in Human Movement and Education at Christ Church College Canterbury I was lucky enough to work for the YMCA in London and Ipswich on their Sport, Fitness and Play programmes. During this time I completed an MA in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the Polytechnic of North London.
From 1991 until 2009 I was a Lecturer in Sport and Leisure at Suffolk New College, a job that I really enjoyed and in 2010 I took on the Project Officer role as part of the Suffolk 2012 Volunteering Legacy Project – another great job!
I like to travel and I have been lucky enough to be able to spend short periods of time in South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia volunteering on various sport and education projects.

Upcoming Activities

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