Tie yourself in knots or shoot a bow and arrow with ActivIpswich.

Tie yourself in knots or shoot a bow and arrow with ActivIpswich.

This local sports project, which has recently reached the landmark of 30,000 attendances at community sports sessions across Ipswich, has been running for just over three years, and is all about helping to get us more active by encouraging us to take part in accessible sports that are challenging whilst being great fun to play.
Local charity, ActivLives, delivers the project, which is a partnership with Ipswich Borough Council and funded by Sport England through the National Lottery.
Activities that are coming up over the next few weeks include indoor target archery and yoga, both for complete beginners.
“We are always looking to add new activities to our programme”, explained Mike McCarthy from ActivLives. “We are very excited about the introduction of regular archery and yoga to the programme, in addition to all of the other activities that we already have running weekly across Ipswich”.
The ActivIpswich programme is targeted at anyone over the age of 45 who isn’t currently taking part in regular sport or physical activity. Activities that are currently on offer in addition to archery and yoga include, badminton, kurling, boccia, bowls, short tennis, ping pong and walking football.
All of the activities are very inclusive and can be played by wheelchair users as well as those with limited mobility and fitness. Refreshments are included as part of most of the sessions. Prices range from £3.00- £5.00, depending upon the activity.
“All of the groups are informal and social. Whilst the physical activity is important, it really is the social element that encourages people to keep on coming back”, said Mike.
So, if you are over the age of 45 (remember there is no upper age limit), and you would like to get involved or to find out more, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Ipswich takes up the Sports Challenge for the over 50’s

Ipswich takes up the Sports Challenge for the over 50’s

An event held recently in Ipswich has clearly demonstrated that the over 50’s in our town really are up for a sporting challenge and for getting more active!
The event, which was organised by local community organisation ActivLives, attracted over 130 attendances. The ‘ActivPentathlon’ is an initiative targeted at those over the age of 50 who are not currently taking part in regular sport or physical activity.
This Ipswich-wide event is part of the ActivIpswich programme, which itself is a partnership project between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council, funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.
The ‘ActivPentathlon’ consisted of a series of taster sessions in a variety of sports and physical activities including Pickle Ball, Squash, Petanque, Yoga, Athletics and even some Olympic style Gymnastics! It was held over 5 weeks at various venues across Ipswich.
“The response to this challenge event has been brilliant”, said Mike McCarthy, from ActivLives. “Most of the participants comment that these sports and activities just weren’t available when they were younger. Many of them are amazed at the facilities and opportunities that we have in Ipswich to play these sports. The participants have ranged in age from mid-50’s to mid-80’s, it really has been inspirational to see such enthusiasm and commitment to giving sport a go, particularly from people who are not usually regular sports participants”.
All of the sessions have been delivered by qualified coaches to ensure that the activities were enjoyable and that they were at an appropriate level for beginners.

The ActivIpswich project runs a regular programme of weekly sports sessions that are targeted at the ‘not so sporty’. The new programme kicks off in January with some new sports being added to the schedule.
For more information about this and any of the other activities offered as part of the ActivIpswich programme please email mike@activlives.org.uk, telephone on 01473 345350 or take a look at the recently updated website at www.activlives.org.uk

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