50+ Sports Day
We teamed up with Everyone Active on Saturday 29th October to host a free 50+ Sports Day. Over 30 people attended, including members from The Over Fifties Youth Club (TOFY Club).
Lunging, laughter and long jump summed up the day …
The event was for everyone aged 50 and over living in Middlesbrough to come along and have fun whilst trying out activities – they did just that!
The day was a success and brought people together to enjoy sports including: 100 metre sprint, javelin, discus, shot put, long jump, gentle cycling, walking netball and table tennis.
Helena, member of Ageing Better Middlesbrough said: “Loved it. I got told off for breaking the rules in netball! It was such a laugh. They’ve got the Olympics, the Paralympics – how about the ‘Elderlympics’. We may be a bit creased but we’re still young inside and want to have fun. It was nice to meet new people.”
Five people won a free month membership for the Sports Village on the day which they can use at all the Everyone Active gyms across Middlesbrough.
Donald Rycroft, who is turning 82 in November, thoroughly enjoyed the day and said: “Look at me, knowing my age – you can do it too! Come along and give it a try.” Donald attends the TOFY Club at the Southlands Centre along with over 150 men who get together for exercise and a good laugh.
Billy Charville, 67 and Vice Chair of TOFY Club said: “As well as getting people out the house it’s the camaraderie of the group and meeting new people. It’s the crack we have, it’s good fun. We’ve had a great day today.
“Some of the men at the club say they go to the doctors less. We’ve took a weight off the NHS. We have social events and men 50 or over are welcome to join.”
John Atkinson, Community Action Officer at Ageing Better Middlesbrough says: “We are very proud of Middlesbrough and everyone who is ‘Ageing Better’ with us. We wanted to inspire people 50 and over to get involved and hopefully find a new interest hobby.
“It’s fantastic to have a state of the art sports village on our doorstep. People tried sports like javelin and shot put that they’d not done since school. People went away feeling energised and inspired to be more active. TOFY Club is an exceptional example that age is no barrier to taking part in sport.We are talking to England Netball about setting up regular walking netball sessions in Middlesbrough soon.”
Nigel Brown, Chairman of TOFY Club said: “Laughter is the best medicine.”
Chris Tomlinson, retired 3 times Olympian, was at the Sports Village on the day and said: “It’s a good place to meet people. Sport is a great way to do something healthy.”