The Second ActivLives Community Games were held recently at the Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich, targeted at people over the age of 50, who don’t currently take part in regular sports activity.

The event included sports such as kurling, boccia, walking netball, adapted badminton, bowls, short tennis and table tennis. “Most of the sports were offered in a taster format and some were run with a competition element to them as well”, explained Mike McCarthy, ActivIpswich Project Manager.

“The Games have shown to be a great success, the support has been tremendous with over 70 participants coming from across East Suffolk to take part. Events such as this help to show that there is a real appetite amongst this age group to get involved with sport and physical activity opportunities that are enjoyable, engaging and not too serious!”

ActivLives would like to thank all of the great volunteers and participants who helped to make it a really enjoyable, social and competitive day. Particular thanks go to Roger Osborne, ActivLives Patron, and Evie Edwards, GB Paralympic Boccia player, for presenting the medals and continuing to support the work of ActivLives.

The ActivIpswich initiative is a partnership between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council and is supported by Sport England and the National Lottery, it is designed to encourage older adults to get involved in sport and physical activity.

If you would like to find out more about the ActivIpswich project and how to get involved, please contact ActivLives on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk.