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Call for ex forces personnel to come and play

Published on Friday, 10th November 2017

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A call has gone out for ex forces personnel over the age of 65 to come and play!

Thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Community Covenant fund, a new ‘Primetime’ programme is starting next week in Thirsk.

‘Primetime’ is an initiative that uses low intensity sport such as Boccia and New Age Curling to help tackle loneliness and isolation and encourages people to come together within local communities.

“Hambleton District Council launched Primetime in Hambleton, two years ago initially in areas where populations were sparse and isolation was a big problem,” said Councillor Mrs Bridget Fortune, Portfolio Holder for Leisure.

“We now have five successful communities running their own sessions and with this new funding it is great to be able support and offer sessions not only for our veterans who have served in WW2 and other conflicts but also for those who completed National Service.

“Primetime is about having fun and forming friendships and we hope our ex-forces personnel will come along and engage in some friendly battles!”

The sessions will take place in the Church Hall, St James Green in Thirsk every Thursday from 9.30 – 11.15am starting on 16 November and cost just £2 a session.

This project is being delivered in partnership by the district council, North Yorkshire Sport and with help from The Clock   - an independent charitable organisation which delivers services to young people and adults across North Yorkshire.

For more information contact Joe McKechnie, Hambleton District Council Inclusive Sport Officer on 01609 767261 or joe.mckechnie@hambleton.gov.uk.