ActivLives Community Games successful once again!

ActivLives Community Games successful once again!

The Third ‘ActivLives Community Games’ were held recently at the Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich, targeted at people over the age of 50, who don’t currently take part in regular sports activity.
The participants competed in a variety of adapted sports including kurling, boccia, badminton, bowls, short tennis and table tennis. “Most of the sports were offered in a taster format with a competition element added to them as well”, explained Mike McCarthy, ActivIpswich Project Manager.

“The Games have shown to be a great success, the support has been tremendous with over 50 participants coming from across the Ipswich area to take part. Events such as this help to demonstrate that there is a real appetite amongst this age group to get involved with sport and physical activity opportunities that are enjoyable, engaging and not too serious! The atmosphere has been absolutely brilliant.”
ActivLives would like to thank all of the participants who helped to make it a really enjoyable day. Particular thanks go to Roger Osborne, ActivLives Patron, and Evie Edwards, GB Paralympic Boccia player, for presenting the medals and for their continued support for the work of ActivLives. “We very much appreciate the support of Evie and Roger at events such as this. Their own passion for sport is obvious and it serves to inspire others”, added Mike.

The ActivIpswich initiative is a partnership between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council and is supported by Sport England and the National Lottery. It is designed to encourage older adults to get involved (or to get back involved), in sport and physical activity.
If you would like to find out more about the ActivIpswich project and how to get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Sport with a difference with ActivLives at the Community Games!

Sport with a difference with ActivLives at the Community Games!

The third ActivLives Community Games, being held on Friday 24th November at the Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich, is part of the ActivIpswich sports project for people who are over 50 years old and not currently active in regular sports or physical activity.

 

The initiative is a partnership between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council and is supported by Sport England and the National Lottery, it is designed to encourage older adults to get involved in sport.
“These events are so much fun”, said Mike McCarthy, ActivIpswich Project Manager. “The Community Games is an event for those people who thought that their sporting days were over! The Games are for anyone over the age of fifty, who would like to participate in accessible sport in a relaxed and fun atmosphere”.

The games, which are run on a multi-sport format, will include accessible sports such as kurling, boccia, target badminton, new age bowls, short tennis and ping pong, “All of the sports will be available in the form of a taster as well as having a competitive challenge involved for those who would like to participate”. This is sport for those that might not think of themselves as being particularly ‘sporty’”, explained Mike, “It is absolutely brilliant to see so many people getting involved with sport through events such as this”.The medals will be presented by local GB Paralympic Boccia player, Evie Edwards.
It is £3.00 to take part and refreshments will be available.
If you would like to find out more about this event and how to take part, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Vote for Us!

Vote for Us!

Dear Friends and Supporters

Aviva has selected two of ActivLives projects to go forward for voting to win a share of the funding for a much needed Minibus to reach more lonely and isolated older people and our fantastic community growing project in Sudbury, which has already clocked more than 1,000 hours of volunteering in the town’s parks and green spaces, housing estates and street plots.

To vote for either or both projects, just follow the link below. You have 10 votes to use across the projects!  Voting closes on 19th November 2017, so please cast your vote asap!

 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THE ACTIVLIVES MINIBUS

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THE ACTIVGARDENS PROJECT

 

If we secure enough votes, we will win between £10,000 – £25,000 to purchase a new Minibus and launch the second phase of the garden project next year.

 

Please feel free to share the link with all your family, friends and networks to help us win.

 

After following the link above, you need to register with a password and login to vote.
It will help you locate our project if you search in the top left-hand box under ‘organisation’ by typing in ActivLives.

Remember, you have a total of 10 votes so you can vote for one project or spread your votes between projects.
If you have any problems, please let us know.

Thanks for your help!

Suffolk Special Olympians amongst the badminton medals in Bournemouth

Suffolk Special Olympians amongst the badminton medals in Bournemouth

Eight players from our county made the trip down to the south coast with five of them managing to come away with medals (three silver and two bronze), from the singles competitions.
Special Olympics, which is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability, is relatively new to our county with the Suffolk branch having only been established as recently as 2014.
“This tournament provided a great opportunity for our players to compete against Special Olympians from clubs across the country ranging from Birmingham to Cornwall,” said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.


“All of the players, coaches and supporters did a brilliant job of supporting each other throughout the inevitable ‘ups and downs’ of an event like this one. The players have put in a lot of hard work to be able to be competitive at this level, we are very proud of all of them,” added Mike.
This tournament was one of several that are organised as part of the Special Olympics calendar of events held across the country.

If you would like to find out more about playing badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Kurling Stones Keep on Rolling with ActivIpswich

Kurling Stones Keep on Rolling with ActivIpswich

The game which is officially known as New Age Kurling, is based on the Winter Olympic sport of Ice Curling, and is continuing to grow rapidly in Ipswich as part of the ActivIpswich Sports Project. The programme is delivered by ActivLives in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council and is funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.
“ActivIpswich is a sports project for people who are over the age of 45 and who are not currently involved in regular sport or physical activity”, explained Mike McCarthy, the Project Manager. Many of our regular participants are in their 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s. It is absolutely brilliant to see so many people getting involved in regular social sport”.
“We have now held several of these social competitions across Ipswich. There are many groups playing regularly across the town as part of the project. These competitions provide an opportunity for people to come together from the various groups, to pit their skills against each other and of course, to enjoy themselves”, said Mike.
Kurling is just one of several sports that make up the ActivIpswich programme, others currently include badminton, table tennis, bowls, boccia, walking football, archery and short tennis.
These activities are very inclusive, most can be played by wheelchair users as well as those with limited mobility and fitness. Refreshments are included as part of the sessions. In addition to the regular weekly programme there are also additional events coming up this autumn including the ‘ActivPentathlon’, a programme which involves taster sessions in racket sports, petanque, yoga, sports hall athletics and gymnastics.
If you would like to find out more about the ActivPentathlon or any of the other programmes and sessions run by ActivIpswich, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

ActivIpswich launches Autumn programme of over-45 activities after marking 25,000 attendances

ActivIpswich launches Autumn programme of over-45 activities after marking 25,000 attendances

An article from the Ipswich Star:

ActivIpswich was formed three years ago with the express purpose of reaching those aged 45 and above who did not regularly take part in sport or activities, and provide a relaxed, sociable environment in which they could meet new people and do some physical activity.

Run by ActivLives in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, the project was boosted by funding from Sport England through the National Lottery.

The ActivIpswich bowls session at the CRESS Pavilion in Ipswich. Picture: ACTIVIPSWICH
The ActivIpswich bowls session at the CRESS Pavilion in Ipswich.

Sophie Barber, from ActivLives, said: “We try to hold all of our sessions in spacious, accessible venues that are on main bus routes around Ipswich.

“The sessions are great fun and everyone is always so welcoming to new participants.

Contestants from different ActivIpswich clubs compete in the semi-finals of the ActivLives Kurling Competition at Whitton Sports Centre. Picture: SU ANDERSON
Contestants from different ActivIpswich clubs compete in the semi-finals of the ActivLives Kurling Competition at Whitton Sports Centre.

“We are all very proud to have achieved the 25,000 mark so quickly.

“It shows what a demand there is out there for this type of programme.”

The news comes as ActivIpswich unveils its latest programme of activities for the Autumn months, with kurling, boccia, bowls, archery, badminton, ping pong and short tennis among the sports on offer.

The inclusive sessions can be played by wheelchair users and those with limited mobility or fitness.

Participants do not need any experience of the sports and activities.

Ms Barber added: “All of these groups are informal and social.

“We provide everything you need, all you have to do is turn up, enjoy the activity, meet new people and have fun.”

To help give people a taster of what to expect, a series of special events have been organised, including an archery and golf taster and a kurling competition, both in October, the ActivLives Community Games in November and the ActivPentathlon throughout the Autumn.

The ActivPentathlon launched earlier this year featured activities launched for the first time, including gymnastics, archery, multi-sports and swimming.

To find out more about what is on offer and to get involved with the initiative, call ActivIpswich on 01473 345350.