Go for gold with week of activities

by Amanda Greaves , Reporter 11:00am Friday 18th May 2012 in Search

“You’re never too old to go for gold” is the message being given by Wharfedale Activity Group (WAG) at a week-long celebration of sports, fun and physical activity for the over-50s.

Ballet for adults, ballroom dance, orienteering, swimming and indoor bowls are among the activities being opened to all 50-plus members of community in the programme of events being co-ordinated by WAG next week.

The local sports alliance hopes to open sport and physical activity to as many people in the Ilkley area as possible during this Olympic year and beyond.

In addition to working in partnership on a schools’ games tournament this summer, and producing a local directory of sports and activity providers, WAG is encouraging over-50s to attend as many events as possible between Monday and Sunday, May 27.

Every time participants attend a session they can collect a stamp, whether participating or just watching. At the end of the week, the three people who have taken part in the most events will “win” gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as prizes.

Everyone who attends at least one session can be entered in a prize draw.

Activities are being staged by local clubs, dance schools, and instructors.

Programmes are available from Ilkley Library, Ilkley Visitor Information Centre, local community centres and sports clubs.

Activities scheduled for during the week range from zumba fitness classes to swimming, aquacise, and yoga to the Seniors Show The Way walk, which is being led by the Lower Wharfedale Ramblers Group.

Bookings is necessary for some of the events, but participants can turn up on the day for others.

More information is available from WAG sports development worker James Heddon on 07932 762603 or by e-mailing james@kivca.org.uk.

Timetable of events

The list below follows these headings in order: activity, time, venue, contact, necessary to book, contact number.

Monday, May 21 Adult Ballet, 11.30am-12.30pm, Joze School of Dance, Jo Walters, Yes, 07709 519611.

Gym, 1.30-3.30pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith, Yes, 01943 607182.

Zumba, 6.15-7.15pm, Riddings Hall, Howard Bullock, Yes, 07801 365100.

Ballroom Dance, 7.30-8.30pm, Riddings Hall, Howard Bullock, Yes, 07801 365100.

Tuesday, May 22 Keep Fit, 10.15-11.30am, Clarke Foley Centre, Brenda Murch, No just turn up.

Zumba Gold, 10.30-11.30am, Maureen Williams School of Dance Ilkley, Wendy Houlders, Yes, 07748 331320.

Seniors Show the Way Walk, 10.30am, Clarke Foley Centre, Rhonda, Yes, 07929 898503.

Walk, 9.30am, Lower Wharfedale Ramblers Group, David Morling, Yes, 0113 2503488.

Gym, 1.30-3.30pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith, Yes, 01943 607182.

Tennis, 1.30-3.30pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith, No just turn up.

Wednesday, May 23 Indoor Bowls, 10am-noon, Clarke Foley Centre, Jean King, No just turn up.

Pilates, 10.30-11.30am, Joze School of Dance, Jo Walters, Yes, 07709 519611.

Croquet, 10.30am-noon, Ben Rhydding Sports Club, Richard Lorimer, Yes, 01943 603561.

Over-50s Swim, 11am-noon, Ilkley Pool, No just turn up.

Exercise to Music, 11am-noon, Methodist Church Hall, Addingham, Susan Ross, Yes, Gym, 1.30-3.30pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith, Yes, 01943 607182.

Croquet, 2-4pm, Ben Rhydding Sports Club, Richard Lorimer, Yes, 01943 603561.

Thursday, May 24 Walk, Meet 9.30am, Lower Wharfedale Ramblers Group, David Morling, Yes, 0113 2503488 Over-50s Swim, 1.30-2.30pm, Ilkley Pool, No just turn up.

Gym, 1.30-3.30pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith,Yes, 01943 607182.

Keep Fit, 2.15-3.30pm, Clarke Foley Centre, Brenda Murch, No just turn up.

Flat Green Bowls, 1.45–4.30pm, Ben Rhydding Bowls Club, Judith Smith, Yes, 01943 601761.

Orienteering, 6.30-7.30pm, Aire Orienteering Club (Start at Cow & Calf Rocks), Rebecca Mon Williams, No just turn up.

Adult Ballet, 6.30-7.30pm, Joze School of Dance, Jo Walters, Yes, 07709 519611.

Friday, May 25 Yoga, Stretch, Pilates, 9.15-10.30am, Joze School of Dance, Jo Walters, Yes, 07709 519611.

Zumba Gold, 10.45-11.45am, Dillons Health & Fitness Studio, Ilkley, Wendy Houlders, Yes, 07748 331320.

Gym, 1.30-3.30pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith, Yes, 01943 607182.

Tennis, 1.30-3.30pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith, No just turn up.

Aquacise, 1.30-2.30pm, Ilkley Pool, No, just turn up.

Pilates, 6.30-7.30pm, Joze School of Dance, Jo Walters, Yes, 07709 519611.

Saturday, May 26 Table Tennis, 9am-noon, Ilkley Grammar School (P Hall), David Adams, No just turn up Gym, 3-5pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club ,Julie Keith, Yes, 01943 607182.

Sunday, May 27 Gym 3-5pm, Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Julie Keith, Yes, 01943 607182.

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