19th September 2019
Active Ageing Bristol mounts a day of free physical activity tasters for over 50s


Diary date:                         Sunday 6 October 2019 (11am to 3pm)

Active Ageing Bristol puts on a day of free physical activity tasters - offering people aged 50 or older chances to sample a wide choice of ways to improve their health and wellbeing, including come and try sessions of walking sports, Nordic Walking, Tai Chi, Chair Aerobics and Zumba Gold.

Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, Coombe Lane, Bristol, BS9 2BJ


Active Ageing Bristol is following up on the much-praised photographic showcase of older athletics champions it staged in central Bristol this summer by giving local people aged 50 and over a day-long chance to try out a range of activities to improve their own physical and mental health whilst meeting new people.


Among the activities available for free sampling at the ActiveAGE festival on Sunday 6 October (11am to 3pm) at The University of Bristol’s Coombe Dingle Sports Complex will be walking football, netball, rugby and tennis, Nordic Walking, Tai Chi, chair aerobics and Zumba Gold.


In addition, Gloucestershire Football Association will be launching their new Over 70s Walking Football League and inviting visitors to watch the players in action.


Active Ageing Bristol manager, Karen Lloyd, explains: “Our ActiveAGE Festival is the perfect follow-on to the NO LIMITS exhibition we mounted on College Green in August, giving older residents of Bristol the opportunity to re-engage in sports they used to play, try out new activities, meet new people and generally have fun.


In our exhibition, the spotlight was mainly on athletes who are still competing, winning and loving life in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond. Now, with the ActiveAGE Festival, we want to remind local older people that it’s never too late to take up physical activity; that it’s fun as well as health-giving;  it nearly always results in new friendships and that there are options to suit everyone, regardless of their age, stamina or ability.”


As a result of funding from The Anchor Society, the two Bristol universities have been able to recruit two interns to help curate and run the day’s events  – Corey Burton, 24, a University of the West of England law student, who has been playing football since he was four and competed in boxing and mixed martial arts  and Beth Lewis, 22, just starting her third year at the University of Bristol where she’s a member of the rugby team and works part-time for its Game Changers programme.


Both will be on site to offer help/answer queries throughout the day and Beth Lewis can also be contacted in advance of the event via bl15807@bristol.ac.uk

Karen Lloyd says: “Being able to involve young sports enthusiasts Beth and Corey in this project is a win-win situation. It’s a great way for them to find out more about the possibilities, challenges and benefits of physical activity for older adults. It also gives the day an inter-generational dimension, drawing on youthful ideas, enthusiasm and energy.’’

To find out more about the plans, find the ActiveAGE Festival section at www.activeageingbristol.co.uk or follow Active Ageing Bristol on Facebook/Twitter.


ActiveAGE Festival for over 50s is being delivered via a partnership between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, facilitated by Active Ageing Bristol. The event is part of Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival 2019, which opens on October 1st – the international day of older people – and runs throughout the month. Celebrating Age Festival is coordinated by Age UK Bristol with Bristol Ageing Better.  Active Ageing Bristol is a collaboration between Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust.

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Notes to Editors


Active Ageing Bristol (www.activeageingbristol.co.uk) is a pioneering initiative, set up by Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, to encourage older people to become, and stay, more active. The work includes creating more opportunities for older residents to engage in physical activity; helping sports and activity providers to be age-aware/age-friendly; and highlighting the physical, mental and social benefits of active living.  Recent Active Ageing Bristol projects include co-ordinating Bristol’s 7th annual Walk Fest; mounting NO LIMITS, an exhibition of photos of veteran athletes by Alex Rotas, outdoors on College Green, and publishing a directory of age-friendly physical activities.


Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival 2019 (www.ageuk.org.uk/bristol/our-services/celebrating-age-festival/) is a multi-event, multi-venue, multi-partner event taking place throughout October and offering talks, socials and a wide variety of have-a-go opportunities – most of them free.


Activity and ageing

Latest figures show that 125,800 people aged 50 or older currently live in Bristol (c28% of the total population) and that the figure is expected to grow by 20, 000 in the next 20 years. Statistics also show that each year around 1,100 Bristol people die before reaching 75 (that is, ‘prematurely’ in medical terms) and that, locally, the four main causes of these early deaths cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and liver diseases – all of them made less likely, or less damaging, by adopting a healthy lifestyle, including by maintaining physical activity and fitness.