Open day invite to keep active in golden years

A series of free open days  are being held in sports centres across the county to showcase the fantastic classes, facilities and support on offer to the more mature residents of Northumberland.

Active Northumberland is running a campaign to help encourage the older generation  to keep fit and active and is  inviting adults aged 65 years and over to attend the sessions which will be taking  place in local sports centres throughout October.

Fully trained and friendly staff will be on hand  to show visitors around, answer any questions and offer professional advice. There will also be the opportunity to watch a class in action and get a free cup of tea or coffee afterwards.

Those who attend will be given a voucher entitling them to a free  class, gym session or swim at their chosen sports centre.

Active Northumberland offer a full range of classes. Some of those more suitable for seniors include  pilates, yoga, zumba, Active Life and aqua fit which are  taught at a moderate pace, but still give a great workout  to improve  health, strength and flexibility.

Northumberland County Councillor,  Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:

“     As you get older, keeping physically active and taking part in regular exercise is one of the single most important things that you can do to keep yourself healthy. However,  a  trip to the local sports centre can be a really daunting prospect especially for someone in their more senior years.  

“ We are laying on the open sessions free of charge especially with our older residents in mind, to take the stress out of their first visit and help them make the first  steps to a more active life.”

The open sessions coincide with the launch of  a special new discounted membership that Active Northumberland has introduced especially for older adults to help them stay fit and active.

People aged 65 years or over are now eligible to join up to Active Northumberland’s  new Stay Active membership  costing only £26 per month on either a  three month flexible contract or with a one-off annual fee of £312.
“ You're never too old to increase your level of physical activity  and there are ways,  with the correct advice and support  that  even those with physical or health limitations can  exercise safely." added Cllr Homer.

Centres offering open sessions are:

Ashington Leisure Centre
Fri 13th Oct, 9.30am-10.30am
Fri 20th Oct, 10.30am-11.30am

Blyth Sports Centre
Weds 11th Oct,10.00am-11.00am
Mon 16th Oct, 10.00am-11.00am

Concordia Leisure Centre
Weds 11th Oct, 10.00am-12.00pm
Mon 16th Oct, 10.00am-12.00pm

Newbiggin Sports Centre
Wed 11th Oct 10.00am-12.00pm

Morpeth Riverside Centre

Mon 16th Oct,10.00am-12.00pm

Ponteland Leisure Centre

Fri 13th Oct, 11.00am-12.00pm
Tues 17th Oct, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Fri 20th Oct, 11.00am-12.00pm

Prudhoe Waterworld
Thurs 12th Oct, 10.30pm
Thurs 19th Oct, 9.15 am - 10.30pm

Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham
Fri 13th Oct, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fri 20th Oct, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick
Weds 11th Oct, 10.30am-11.30am
Fri 20th Oct, 12.00pm-1.00pm

Swan Centre, Berwick

Fri 20th Oct, 9.30am-10.30am

For further information about the open days  log on to  or call 01670 620200 to speak to a member of the customer service team.
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