Residents invited to ‘have a go’ at leisure centre activities

Residents are invited to banish the winter blues and sample a wide range of activities on offer at the Windrush Leisure Centre.

A special open day for the over-55s or those with a disability has been arranged at the Witney site which will highlight a range of sports and activities that many may not have tried before.

They include boxercise, pickleball, movement to music and wheelchair dance.

Another popular activity carried out at the newly refurbished centre is walking football which is aimed at the over-50s age group who want to keep playing at a slower pace compared to the traditional game.

David Coop has been playing walking football for about 18 months after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Mr Coop, 68, said: “Finding out I had diabetes was a real shock and very isolating but diet and exercise helps and I got involved in walking football after being introduced to it through my GP at the Windrush surgery in Witney.

“At my last review, my glucose levels had fallen and my weight and cholesterol had also dropped. I am feeling much better mentally and physically and a lot of that is down to exercise.”

Mr Coop has been impressed by the efforts of the Council’s leisure team and staff at GLL Better who run the leisure centre to engage with residents of all ages and abilities in a bid to find them a suitable sport or activity.

“Everyone has been very encouraging and the walking football is particularly successful - I’ve always played football and this means I can continue. We now have more than 20 people playing regularly ranging from the age of 80 downwards. “

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health, said: “Leisure centres are not just for young people wanting to use the gym, there is something for everyone.

“It’s not just about improving your health, there is a lot of fun involved in all these activities – you won’t know until you have tried it!”

Paul Shearman, Partnership Manager at GLL, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to try something different, improve their health and wellbeing and enjoy themselves at the same time.”

The ‘Have a Go’ Day takes place on Thursday 15 November from 10am-4.30pm at the Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney. Admission is free.

For more details call 01993 861564.

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB