An inclusive sports programme that is open to any adults who would like to become more physically, and socially active.


ActivLives is a local charity, which relies on grants, trusts, donations, fundraising activities, sponsorship & commissions to enable us to provide & develop our services across Ipswich & Suffolk.

Accessible Sports

Come and play a variety of accessible sports and have fun with a great group of people!  Sports including Boccia, New Age Kurling, & Bowls. All of which are relatively easy games to play, but tough games to play well – are you up for the challenge?

Festivals & Tournaments

We regularly hold inclusive festivals and friendly competitions in local sports venues. These events are targeted at older, independent adults and include sports such as Boccia, Badminton, New Age Kurling and the multi-sport ‘Community Games’.   

Special Olympics

In partnership with Special Olympics Suffolk, we deliver sport sessions specifically targeted at participants with a learning (intellectual) disability. These ‘Inclusive’ sessions currently focus on the sports of Badminton and Boccia. These sessions are fun and engaging with a serious side as well – we are all trying to improve our skill level!

Current Activity Sessions

Blue and red boccia balls sits on a target


A Paralympic sport that anyone can play but you have to be sitting down!

Black bowls balls and a yellow jack sit on a bowls green


We play the Short-Mat version of the game in the winter months and we go outside to play Lawn Bowls in the summer.

Health Walks

Our walks are an excellent way to meet and make new friends (particularly if you don’t like walking on your own) and keep active at the same time! 

2 people strand by a ping pong table whilst other people play badminton in the background.

Net Sports

We love to hit things back and forth over a net – sessions include Badminton, Short Tennis and Ping Pong. 

Red and blue Kurling pucks sit on a target mat. The target Mat has different coloured and number values across it. Some of the Kurling pucks sit on different numbers across the target mat.

New Age Kurling

This is an adapted version of the Winter Olympic sport of Ice Curling, only without the ice and all of that frantic sweeping!

A yellow football sits on a green pitch. A game of walking football can be seen in the background.

Walking Football

If team sports are your thing, then this may be the game for you. No running allowed though!


A form of exercise which is designed to develop a feeling of total well-being.
Beginners are very welcome.

Whitton Sports Centre

Tuesdays –

10:30am – 12:30pm
£4.50 per person

Thursdays –

10:30am – 12:30pm
£4.50 per person

Ping Pong and Short Tennis
2:00pm – 3:30pm
£4.50 per person

Gainsborough Sports Centre

Tuesdays –

ActivBowls (Short Mat indoors)
10:30am – 12:30pm
£4.50 per person

Wednesdays –

Ping Pong & Short Tennis
£4.50 per person

Thursdays –

ActivWalking Football (All weather pitches)

£5.00 per person

Suffolk New College Sports Centre

Wednesdays –

Inclusive Badminton for adults with a learning disability
3:45pm – 4:45pm & 5:00pm – 6:00pm
£4.00 per person

Christchurch Park Ipswich

Health Walk

(every fortnight, please check dates on the calendar or by calling the office – 01473 345350) Meet at the Soane Street gate.


Landseer Road Methodist Church


ActivYoga for beginners and Improvers



Walton Community Hall


ActivFelixstowe – New Age Kurling and Boccia



Meet the Staff

Mike McCarthy

ActivSport Project Manager

Frazier Seager

ActivAgeing Community Development Officer

News from ActivSport

ActivLives hosts Kurling Competition

ActivLives hosts Kurling Competition

ActivLives recently hosted a New Age Kurling Competition at Gainsborough Sports Centre. For our competition we invited various Kurling groups from Ipswich and Felixstowe to come together for a day of fun and activity. We had a total of 38 participants taking part in...

Upcoming ActivSport Events

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