Older residents sign-up for New Age Games

Over 100 older residents attended the launch of the New Age Games at Kings Hall Leisure Centre last week (Thursday 18 November).

Older residents at the launch also registered to take part in the many physical activities which will be available to them throughout the year as part of the New Age Games programme.

Activities throughout the year will include archery, badminton, athletics and bowls with instructors on hand to offer assistance and advice.

The New Age Games is open to all Hackney borough residents who are 50 years old or above. The aim of the games is to create opportunities for adults and older people to try sporting and leisure activities, live a more healthy lifestyle and support independent living.

The New Age Games uses a personal best system, meaning everyone competes on an equal basis trying to improve on their own personal best scores. The games also allow older people in the borough to try Olympic and Paralympic sporting activities.

During the launch of the year-long New Age Games programme which is funded by Hackney Council, older residents took part in handball, bowls and javelin training. There was also a guest appearance from Paralympian Dervis Konuralp.

Councillor Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, said: “This is an excellent way for Hackney residents to take part in the 2012 Olympiad. The New Age Games are a great opportunity for older people to keep fit, try different sporting and leisure activities and meet new friends.”

Cecil Agard, 78, from Hackney Central, said: “The main reason I’m interested in the New Age Games is because I’m interested in running the New York marathon next year. I think exercise is excellent; it keeps me fit, keeps my mind and body functioning and helps with my health.”

Christina Roberts, from Homerton is 60+, said: “It’s a good thing to exercise, it makes you feel good. I have registered for the New Age Games and hope I get fitter and more active. I would like to take part in the finals.”

To register for this year’s New Age Games or for more information on activities for older people in Hackney, please contact the Community Resource Team on 020 7275 7092.