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Sporting chance for middle-aged men.

MEN taking part in an activity session at aimed at improving fitness in over 50s were joined by two special visitors.

Mayor Ray Mallon joined former Middlesbrough, Leeds and England footballer Alan Peacock at the Manor Hub in Coulby Newham and took part in activities to support the new project.

The Sporting Chance project, managed by CSV and run in partnership with Middlesbrough Council Sports Development and funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, offers an opportunity for men aged 50+ to get more active and meet with others.

Craig Woodhouse, programme delivery officer, said: "The activity we offer gives men the chance to start or maintain a regular exercise programme which can be more challenging as you get older.

"Exercise is however the key to staying strong, energetic and healthy as you get older. It doesn't necessarily mean strenuous activity it's more about movement and adding activity.

"We have something to offer all abilities I urge men to come along and have a go."

Gill Watson, project development officer, said: "We offer all sorts of non physical activities and reminiscence opportunities too.

"We have been very lucky in having Alan Peacock as speaker. Hearing about his footballing years both on and off the pitch was excellent."

Mr Mallon endorsed the project's aims and said: "Physical fitness is really important for people to enjoy good health and a good quality of life.

"More and more people of all ages are becoming involved in sport, which can range from walking to cross-country running, but whatever the exercise, every little bit helps.

"There's no doubt that public health is really on peoples' minds and it's not just about having a healthy balanced diet, but exercise is vital to the process as well.

"The Sporting Chance project has created an opportunity for men over 50 to enjoy physical exercise, but also creates a real social opportunity, which can be just as important as the physical exercise itself".

Sessions take place at the North Ormesby Hub on Tuesdays 10am at Trinity Methodist Church, Acklam, Wednesdays at 10am and The Manor Hub at Coulby Newham on Thursdays at 10am.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 4, 2014
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