A new community sports project has been launched in Forest Heath to encourage residents aged 50 and over to become more active.
The ‘Keep Active’ initiative, set up by Abbeycroft Leisure and funded by a Sport England grant of £138,000, will see 2,000 residents benefit from community projects in Newmarket, Mildenhall and Brandon.
On Tuesday, the scheme was launched at Newmarket Leisure Centre with participants having a go at activities such as boccia, kurling and table tennis in a series of taster sessions.
Jodie McGill, Keep Active Project Co-ordinator, said: “This project will see us engage with thousands of residents in Forest Heath to raise activity levels in both the younger and older population.
“We are delighted to launch the first step in this project which aims to reach the over 50s in Newmarket and over the next three years we will be rolling out this project in Brandon and Mildenhall.”
Abbeycroft Leisure will seek to engage with the 50 and over community by offering free taster sessions in sports such as boccia, bowls, new age kurling, archery, short tennis, badminton, table tennis, walking football, otago, tai chi, and aqua aerobics classes.
Year one of the project aims to create sustainable community activities in Newmarket with Brandon and Mildenhall projects being unveiled in 2017 and 2018. The Abbeycroft Leisure project is one of over 40 projects that secured a share in £8.2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England.