Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

Special Olympics badminton returns to Suffolk

The Special Olympics Eastern Region Badminton Tournament, which is being organised by Special Olympics Suffolk with the support of ActivLives and the Suffolk County Council ‘Most Active County’ initiative, will be held in Ipswich on Saturday 12th May.
“Special Olympics is sport for athletes with an intellectual disability and is the third element of the Olympic movement together with the
Paralympics and of course the Olympics themselves”, said Terry
McEntee, Chairman of Special Olympics Suffolk.
“This tournament will provide a great opportunity for our players in
Suffolk to compete against Special Olympians from across the country”, said Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk.
The tournament, which will be a doubles competition, will serve as one of the last opportunities for selected players to prepare for the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games which are being held in Stirling, Scotland this August.
The forthcoming competition in Ipswich will be restricted to players who are registered with Special Olympics GB, “We would love to get more
Special Olympic badminton players involved across our county”, said
Mike.
If you would like to find out more about how you can play badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473
345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk

New date for ActivLives Showcase Event coming up in Ipswich

New date for ActivLives Showcase Event coming up in Ipswich

ActivLives has re-scheduled the Showcase Event that it is holding at the Salvation Army Priory Centre, Queen’s Way, Ipswich IP3 9EX. The original event had to be postponed due to the recent snow, the new date is now Thursday 22nd March.
The event, which is being held between 10.30am-2.00pm, is targeted at anyone over the age of 45 (there is no upper age limit!), and who would like to get involved with some accessible physical and sports activity.
The programme will include a variety of tasters including New Age Kurling, Ping Pong, New Age Bowls, Yoga and the Paralympic sport of Boccia.
There will be a yoga taster class in the morning and a Boccia demonstration from local GB Paralympian, Evie Edwards in the afternoon.

“We would encourage anyone who would like to have a go at something new, to come along”, said Mike McCarthy, ActivIpswich Project Manager. “This is inclusive physical activity that anyone can get involved with, you definitely do not need to be ‘sporty’ to enjoy getting active!”
All of the sports and activities at this event can be carried out either seated or standing, including the yoga taster.
This free event is being held in a fully accessible venue and includes a light buffet lunch. If you would like to book your place and lunch, please call ActivLives on 01473 345350.

If you would like to know more about any of the programmes that are offered by ActivLives, please call 01473 345350 or have a look on the website at www.activlives.org.uk

The Great East Run

The Great East Run

What is the Great East Run?

The Great East Run is a mass participation half marathon. Participants will run a 13.1mile course in and around the Ipswich area.  Suffolk County Council, in partnership with Suffolk Sport, is funding an outreach programmes to support 50 participants living in Suffolk to take part in the Great East Run on 16th September 2018.

 

What is the outreach programme?

The outreach programme is targeted at physically inactive adults (doing less than             30 minute’s moderate to vigorous physical activity per week).  It challenges those taking part to undertake regular weekly training to prepare for and take part in a half marathon.  In doing so it aims to create long term behaviour change and support individuals to become more active for life.

 

Who’s the programme for?

To be considered for the programme participants will need to:

  • be aged 18 or over at the start of the programme
  • live in Suffolk
  • be inactive at the start of the programme (doing less than 30 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity per week)
  • commit to attending regular, weekly training sessions for 4 months in Ipswich between May and September 2018
  • in addition to the weekly training sessions commit to at least one further training session per week
  • be available on 16th September 2018 to participate in the Great East run in Ipswich
  • contribute £30.00 towards the £300.00 cost per participant.

What will participants get?

  • Entry to the Great East Run
  • Entry to the Ipswich Twilight 10k
  • Weekly training sessions, for 4 months, with two qualified coaches supported by double Olympic long distance runner Paul Evans
  • Exclusive discounts on running gear and gait analysis at Coes, Ipswich

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How to get involved

Register using the following link: www.suffolksport.com/ger2018

 

Further information

Contact the programme coordinator, Carol Lukins by email: carol.lukins@suffolk.gov.uk or phone: 07955 735514.

 

This programme is delivered in partnership by Sport England, Suffolk Sport, Suffolk County Council and Coes, Ipswich

Helping Suffolk to become England’s most active county

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