Keep active, healthy and make new friends

Boccia balls

A council initiative which encourages people of all ages and abilities to come together has added more classes to its already busy schedule.

‘Primetime’ run by Hambleton District Council uses low intensity sports such as Boccia and New Age Kurling to help people keep fit whilst having fun and making new friends.

Councillor Paula Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure said: “We are very proud of our Primetime programme, which brings people together to not only exercise but more importantly provides social interaction, which is vital in combating loneliness and isolation, particularly for our older residents.

“Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy and independent. It’s not about running marathons, or building up big muscles, it’s about enjoying the simple pleasures in life, enjoying your leisure activities and socialising with friends.”

Margaret who attends Primetime in Stillington added: “I look forward to Fridays when my group meets. It stops me feeling lonely and its fun and entertaining and everyone is very friendly. We have developed respect and warmth to each other too.”

Primetime classes are delivered at:

The Forum in Northallerton, Bedale Leisure Centre, Thirsk and Sowerby Leisure Centre and Stillington Village Hall.

Sessions are also delivered by the community in, Husthwaite, Topcliffe and Great Ayton.

For details about the day and time of the sessions, and how to book, visit our website or email or telephone 01609 779977.

Published: 30th January 2023

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