Herts Sports Partnership looking for volunteers over the age of 50

PUBLISHED: 16:01 22 December 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 06 May 2010

THE Herts Sports Partnership is looking for people aged 50 and over to help roll out their Sport and Physical Activity programmes. The Partnership is soon to launch its Active Together project which aims to get older adults over 50 to be more active as we

THE Herts Sports Partnership is looking for people aged 50 and over to help roll out their Sport and Physical Activity programmes.

The Partnership is soon to launch its Active Together project which aims to get older adults over 50 to be more active as well as passing on any sporting skills to others. The hope is to recruit leaders to run sessions throughout the district offering a range of activities including dancing, yoga, low impact aerobics, country walks, bowls, swimming, badminton, archery and more.

Herts Sports Partnership are looking for people who may already have a coaching or leadership award, or who would like to achieve a coaching qualification - or simply those with an interest in or experience of putting on activities for adults over 50.

Herts Sports Partnership sports development manager, John O'Callaghan said: "This is a great opportunity for people who have an interest in sport to help inspire other adults to be more active. We are also keen to fund people who want to qualify as coaches for their local community."

He added: "There is a great deal of evidence that shows that as we get older we become less active. 80 per cent of adults over 50 in Hertfordshire are not doing enough physical activity, which puts them at risk of a whole range of serious health problems including heart disease and type two diabetes. Our research tells us that if we can expand the programme of opportunities on offer, to help older adults find good quality, well run sport and physical activity sessions, delivered by enthusiastic leaders from within their peer group, then they will be prepared to participate in greater numbers.

The Active Together project is also designed to enable people to expand their friends, share new experiences, try new activities and tackle loneliness and isolation. We would love people with a bit of time on their hands to get in touch and help us coordinate and deliver these sessions."

For more information on how to get involved contact Jo Capon at the Herts Sports Partnership on 01707 281004 or email j.capon@herts.ac.uk


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