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One-day event in Elmswell gave people the chance to try sports for the less mobile




New Age Kurling 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160510-183438009
New Age Kurling 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160510-183438009

From kurling without heavy stones and ice to the Paralympic sport of boccia, there was a chance to get a taste of sports for those with mobility problems at a one-day event in Elmswell.

The Adapted Sports and Wellbeing Day at Elmswell’s Blackbourne Community Centre last Wednesday, was organised by the charity ActivLives, which works with people of all ages across Suffolk to promote greater physical activity.

Sandy Prescott instructs players of New Age Kurling.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160510-183428009
Sandy Prescott instructs players of New Age Kurling.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160510-183428009

They had 29 people come along to try new age kurling, played with wheeled discs on an ordinary floor instead of granite stones on ice, new age bowls and boccia, a pentanque-like game.

All can be played by able-bodied, free standing players or less mobile people using a mobility aid or in a wheelchair or chair.

Kim Bilner, ActivSuffolk development officer, said”These sports can be played as an individual or as a team event.

“We are trying to increase physical activity but also social engagement to reduce loneliness and isolation, particularly in rural communities.”

Rosina Bowers from Lakenheath with Del Keeble ActivLives massage'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160510-183335009
Rosina Bowers from Lakenheath with Del Keeble ActivLives massage'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160510-183335009

Activ Suffolk has established weekly groups in Stowmarket, Lakenheath, Debenham and Eye. A new group begins at St John’s Centre, Bury St Edmunds, on November 3 after a free taster session on October 27.

The Elmswell special event was supported by the Rural Coffee Caravan, who deliver information across Suffolk to tackle rural isolation and promote community spirit.

One Life Suffolk offered health checks to those aged between 45 and 74.

OneLife Suffolk is a partnership between Leeds Beckett University, MoreLife, Quit 51 and Healthier Futures, commissioned by Suffolk County Council.

Bloom Hearing also offered free hearing tests at the event.

More information about ActivLives and the services they offer can be found at their website www.activlives.org.uk or on 01473 345350.



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