A NEW seated sports programme has been launched in Royal Wootton Bassett by Wiltshire Council.
Developed by the sports development team and the Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board, the free weekly sessions will be held on Thursdays from 10-11am at Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall, starting on Thursday, January 18.
Seated sports are adapted from traditional sports and take place from a sitting position, allowing participants to enjoy a low intensity form of physical activity. These sports are perfect for older people, individuals with limited mobility, people recovering from an illness or injury, or anyone who would like to take the opportunity to lead a healthier lifestyle.
The programme was developed after local residents expressed that accessible sports provision for older residents was a key priority.
John Thomson, cabinet member for leisure, said: “We’re delighted to offer this new programme in Royal Wootton Bassett, which is the result of the local joint strategic assessment, where people stated what they’d like to see more of in their local area.
“Seated sports offer the perfect opportunity for low impact exercise, and if this programme is a success, it could be extended to other communities.”
Allison Bucknell, who chairs Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board, said: “Taking part in a regular form of exercise is proven to be extremely beneficial to people of all ages.
“It is really good news that we can deliver this new activity and I hope that all those who take part will enjoy getting more active and as a result consider other sport and exercise sessions.”
To register for the seated sports programme, or to request further information, email SportsDevelopment@wiltshire.gov.uk or call Matthew Pearson, Sports Development Officer, on 07827 982279.