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Short tennis session for over-50s at Perivale Sports Centre

Sport a great way to stay fit for life

There are many local sports sessions aimed at people aged over 50. It is never too late to take up a sport or give something a try.

“It’s a brilliant way to meet people, have some fun and stay fit,” explained Pamela Comley who, at 74, plays short tennis twice a week.

Perivale Community Centre has been home to a senior short tennis group for more than 20 years, with players even competing in the annual Better Club Games – an event where over-55s from clubs across London compete at the Olympic Park.

Pamela Comley, who plays short tennis at Perivale Community Centre
Pamela Comley, who plays short tennis at Perivale Community Centre

Pamela, from North Greenford, said: “We’ve got players of all abilities and everyone is welcome. Not everyone is interested in competing and that’s fine. Sports can be so much fun and it’s never too late to try something new.”

The community centre is one of a growing number of venues offering sessions and classes aimed at older adults right across the borough.

From yoga and pilates, to aqua and circuits, there is something to suit everyone at the borough’s leisure centres. In addition, independently run groups are offering sessions such as walking football. Find out more at www.ealing.gov.uk/sports

“It’s great that there are lots of different sports sessions aimed at the over 50s, which might help people who haven’t played before or haven’t done any sport for a long time to feel more confident about getting involved,” said Pamela.

For those who want to make sure they stay fit, but do not want to take part in a sport, the borough now has a free 10-week strength and balance programme. Email admin@stayactive4life for details.

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