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Older residents enjoy tour of Olympic Park thanks to Hackney Council

Olympics visit

Older residents got a chance to relive the magic of the 2012 Games during an excursion to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, courtesy of Hackney Council.

A tour of the aquatics and tennis centres; a ride around the velo park; and coaching in Paralympic activities were just some of the activities enjoyed by the 40-strong group from the Council’s New Age Games programme.

New Age Games provides free sports and fitness activities to people in the borough aged 50 and over.

Resident Hazel Frazer said: “I found the day thoroughly enjoyable and informative. I had such fun being taught how to play boccia and sitting volleyball.”

Sandy Doherty added: "This was a well-organised, fun-filled day. We had a great time getting the chance to try out the sports activities in the Olympic Park."For the majority of the group, it was their first time visiting the 560-acre park which extends into Hackney Wick.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
The Olympic Park is a world-class resource right on our doorstep with lots of affordable activities available for residents to enjoy every day. This tour of the facilities showed residents how easy it is for them to visit the park and we really hope they will now return independently. I would like to thank New Age Games and Olympic Park staff for their help during the excursion.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

The day was part of the New Life Through Sport project, funded by Sport England, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Hackney Council.

The project encourages people to regularly participate in physical activity to help improve their wellbeing and daily lives.

For further information on the New Age Games, contact Darren English on 020 8356 4897 or email darren.english@hackney.gov.uk or visitwww.hackney.gov.uk/new–age–games. To find out more on the New Life Through Sport project contact Ladi Ajayi on 020 8356 7422 or emailladi.ajayi@hackney.gov.uk