Wave designs, develops and provides activities which are tailored to meet the needs of the growing aging population of the Lewes District area. Wave’s Older People’s activities are inclusive of our outreach work and provided opportunities for increased participation and wellbeing. Our activity calendar includes 24 weekly timetabled sessions which are specifically designed to help support participation of those over 65 years of age. These sessions are at various levels of intensity and range from gentle exercise, such as Chair-Based Exercise and Strength and Balance classes, to higher intensity such as Pickleball, Table Tennis and Senior Gym sessions.
Wave’s Older Person’s Healthy Walking Group sessions have continued to grow in popularity. The weekly walks are run out of Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, Lewes Leisure Centre and Peacehaven Leisure Centre. All the Healthy Walks are led by volunteer Healthy Walk Leaders who have received an accredited training qualification.
The Leaders plan the walk routes which accommodate the needs of all the walkers, and take into consideration the different fitness and mobility levels of the group. This ensures all walkers have an enjoyable and engaging session.
Why not come along and join in? The walks take between 45 minutes to an hour and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
The weekly walks are free of charge, but a donation will get you a lovely cup of tea or coffee and a tasty biscuit to enjoy whilst chatting and socialising with your fellow walkers once you return to the Centre after the walk.
Warm-up exercises are included to loosen stiff muscles and a qualified first aider is also on hand at all times.
Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and arrive 10 minutes before the walk is due to start. We are sorry, but we are unable to accept dogs unless they are assistance dogs.
Health Walks - Timetable
|Monday||2 p.m.||Peacehaven Leisure Centre|
|Tuesday||10 a.m.||Lewes Leisure Centre|
|Thursday||10 a.m.||Downs Leisure Centre, Seaford|
Strength & Balance
These classes are designed to help reduce the risk of falling by improving strength, balance and confidence. During each class, participants will practice a range of fun strength and balance exercises and, once they are confident, the Instructor will ask them to practice some of these exercises at home to help get the most out of the class. The class consists of a selection of seated and standing exercises, some with light weights or resistance bands.
These gentle, bespoke exercise sessions are delivered at Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, Lewes Leisure Centre and Shakespeare Hall in Newhaven.
The Strength & Balance sessions are suited to people who:
Have experienced a fear of falling
In the first session, the Instructor will carry out a basic assessment of a participant’s current abilities to make sure they are aware of any injuries or conditions that could impact participation, so an individual’s progress and improvement throughout the classes can be monitored.
During the classes, light weights will be available to help develop strength and, at the end of each session, there will be an opportunity for participants to relax and chat with other class mates over a hot or cold beverage.
What are the benefits?
Research has found that taking part in Strength & Balance exercise classes can reduce the number of falls and fall-related injuries experience by those who take part. We hope that by taking part in the classes in a safe and supportive environment, participants will feel an increased sense of well-being and greater confidence about their balance and walking.
Wave’s weekly Walking Football sessions take place at Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford. They have proved to be so popular, that another session has been added for those who are less active and are seeking an introduction – or reintroduction – to the game.
For both men and women, walking football prohibits players from sprinting, running or jogging while the ball is in play. The game is also non-contact.
Volunteer Walking Football Coach, Dick Plowman who runs the sessions said: “As a retired footballer I wanted to hold these sessions to help and encourage all over 50s to be active; and to offer a session for all frustrated footballers! It really does encapsulate fun, fitness and friendship.”
The sessions run every Wednesday.
Session One: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
This session is open to beginners and those who are looking to be more active. The hour includes drills to improve skills and fitness.
Session Two: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
After the games have finishes, the group relaxes with a cup of tea or coffee in Café Wave.
Other Activities include:
Chair-Based Exercise – These classes provide gentle exercises for those with limited mobility.
Pickleball - Pickleball is a fun racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Played indoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net, two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.
Table Tennis - Table tennis, also known as Ping Pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small, solid bat. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net. Play is fast and fun for all ages.
Senior’s Only Gym Sessions – For all abilities, a gentle class designed to get you supple and keep you that way. Please note, before joining a class, you will need to have undergone a Gym Induction with one of our qualified Fitness Instructors.
Senior’s Tai Chi – This class strengthens and improves your core and stability, relieves stress, tension, aches and pains.
A class designed to improve flexibility and achieve a toned body.
Relax your mind, stretch and breathe at these rejuvenating classes.
Core & More
Great core-based work-out.
Senior’s Only Swim Sessions and Aqua Aerobics are also held at Seaford Head Swimming Pool, a short walk from Downs Leisure Centre.