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.

Suffolk badminton players win silver at the Special Olympics

Suffolk badminton players win silver at the Special Olympics

‘Special Olympics’ is sport for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability, the National Games are a multi-sport event held every four years and the highlight of the Special Olympics calendar in this country. The event involved 2,600 athletes competing in 19 sports with the support of over a 1,000 volunteers all cheered on by over 7,000 family and friends throughout the week.

 

Ipswich pair, Kathy Brill and Cameron Sherman, both competed in the singles competitions where they came up against some very tough, and considerably more experienced opponents from around the UK. On the last day of competition they teamed up to win the silver medal in the mixed doubles event, defeating teams from the South of England and Scotland on their way to the final.

Marilyn Andrews, one of the athletes parents said, “A massive well done to everyone involved with the Special Olympics in Sheffield. We had a fantastic week watching the badminton and supporting Cameron and Kathy. The spirit at the Games was amazing with all of the players cheering and supporting each other. The volunteers deserve a special thank you for giving up their time to help make it a very memorable week for all of us”.
Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk said, “Winning a medal in their first National Games was an amazing achievement by Kathy and Cameron and is a testament to all of the hard work that they have put in over the last few months.”

 

“We are all very proud of them both!”
If you would like to find out more about how you can play badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk and the ActivIpswich project, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

Kurling competitions help to get Ipswich active.

Kurling competitions help to get Ipswich active.

The event, which attracted over sixty competitors, is part of the ActivIpswich sports project for people who are over 45 years old and not currently taking part in regular sports or physical activity. The initiative is a partnership between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council and is designed to encourage mature adults to get involved in sport. The project is funded by the National Lottery and Sport England.
Since being introduced to the programme, the relatively new sport of New Age Kurling has proved to be very popular right across Ipswich.

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“Kurling is the probably the most popular of the many sports that we play on the ActivIpswich programme”, said Mike McCarthy, Project Manager. “Competitions like this are all part of a programme that is designed to make it easy for anyone to get involved with fun, social sports activity, whatever their fitness level. We had players from 10 different groups taking part today which demonstrates the number of
people getting active through accessible sports like this”.

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If you would like to know more about Kurling or any of the other inclusive sports that are offered by ActivLives, please call 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

A little bit of Rio and the Olympic Games came to Maidenhall at the weekend!

Community Games banner 1 copyThere were 84 participants who took part in a wide range of fun adapted and inclusive sports during the afternoon from Walking Football, Walking Netball, Badminton, Table Tennis,  to  name a few. Taster sessions were followed by Competitions with the Netball & Table Tennis Challenges,  New Age Kurling, Lawn Bowls and Boccia.

Roger Osbourne, ActivLives Patron, presented the medals and engraved silver salvers to winners and two special awards to members who had not only shone as a participants , but had also supported and encouraged other members to ‘have a go’.

 

pics 2Mike McCarthy, ActivIpswich Manager said, “ The first ActivLives Community Games has been a great success, the support was tremendous from both ActivIpswich  and ActivSuffolk members, with people representing their groups from Lakenhealth, Eye, Stowmarket, Felixstowe and Ipswich. It has definitely proved that you are never too old to take up a sport.  A big thank you to the volunteers and staff who helped to make it a real fun, social and competitive afternoon and a big thank you to Roger Osbourne  for presenting the medals. Here’s to another one next year….”

If you would like to find out more about ActivLives activities or the ActivIpswich project contact the main office on 01473 345350 or visit the website www.activlives.org.uk