With the UN’s International Older People’s Day being celebrated around the world on 1st October each year, Wave Leisure Trust Limited (Wave) is continuing to invest in its timetable to ensure that there are more and more activities for the older generation as well as the more confident young.
Wave, the Charity and Social Enterprise with a Purpose of “Inspiring Active Lifestyles” and a Vision, “To be at the heart of the improvement of health and wellbeing within the Community”, continues to introduce new activities and opportunities for older people to lead more active lifestyles, with a new walking netball initiative being planned along with other innovative activity ideas generated by a committed and enthusiastic team of Wave Instructors.
Wave’s Walking Football Group, which is growing by the week, is led and managed by volunteer and ex-footballer, Dick Plowman, who enjoys encouraging the over 50s to stay active. Dick has recruited over 30 regular players aged between 56 and 77-years-old to take part each week. The Group’s motto is ‘Fun, Fitness and Friendship’, and the activity is certainly achieving all of its goals. Dick said: “We are running these sessions to help and encourage all over 50s to be active. Our members who regularly attend these sessions are becoming much fitter, having lots of fun and making new friends, which was always the main aims of the group.”
Emma Power-Hosking, Sarah Delaloye-Dean, Hannah Maybury and Kelly Bushell run Wave’s weekly ‘Strength & Balance’ classes at Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, Lewes Centre, Firle Village Hall, Rodmell Village Hall and Shakespeare Hall in Newhaven. The class is designed to help reduce the risk of falling by improving an individual’s strength, balance and confidence.
Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave says: “Staying active throughout your life is very important, but as you age, keeping your core strength and flexibility is of greater importance to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It also supports our NHS, by helping to reduce the numbers of trips and falls.”
Click on the links below to find out more about the specialist and senior classes and activities Wave currently has on offer: