A local sports project recently reached the landmark of 25,000 attendances at community sports sessions across Ipswich.

The project, called ActivIpswich, has been running for just three years, and is all about helping to get us more active by encouraging us to take part in accessible, inclusive sports that are challenging whilst being great fun to play.

Local charity, ActivLives, delivers the project, which is a partnership with Ipswich Borough Council and funded by Sport England through the National Lottery.

“We try to hold all of our sessions in spacious, accessible venues that are on main bus routes around Ipswich” said Sophie Barber from ActivLives. “The sessions are great fun and everyone is always so welcoming to new participants. We are all very proud to have achieved the 25,000 mark so quickly. It shows what a demand there is out there for this type of programme”.

ActivIpswich is launching a new timetable of activities beginning this month, all of which are targeted at anyone over the age of 45 who isn’t currently taking part in regular sport or physical activity. Activities on offer this autumn include badminton, kurling, boccia, bowls, short tennis, ping pong and archery.

The activities are very inclusive and can be played by wheelchair users as well as those with limited mobility and fitness. Refreshments are included as part of the session. All of the sessions cost between £3-3.50, although the first visit is always free of charge.

“All of these groups are informal and social. We provide everything you need, all you have to do is turn up, enjoy the activity, meet new people and have fun”, said Sophie.

In addition to the regular programme there are also some special events coming up as part of the ActivIpswich project over the next few weeks including an Archery-Golf Taster, a Kurling Competition in October, the 3rd ActivLives Community Games in November and the ActivPentathlon throughout the autumn.

So, if you are over the age of 45 (remember there is no upper age limit), and you would like to get involved or to find out more then please contact Sophie or Mike at ActivIpswich on 01473 345350, visit the new website www.activlives.org.uk or email mike@activlives.org.uk.