Wigan Council has partnered with us to train staff and residents as part of a Sport England subsidised programme, which aims to get the over 55s from inactive to active within the next two years.
Training has kicked off, with the pioneering partnership enabling 20 sheltered schemes across Wigan to deliver fun, regular exercise sessions for residents and staff whilst also engaging the wider community.
The fun-first training incorporates strength, flexibility and coordination, bringing elements of lesser-known sports including volleyball, weightlifting and boccia. All are adapted from traditional versions of the sports to make them accessible for people with a variety of needs and abilities, whilst retaining gameplay and fun!
One Oomph! course attendee said: “I fully enjoyed the course from start to finish!”
Cllr Cunliffe from Wigan Council said, “It’s easy to think when you hit a certain age that your only interaction with sport is as a spectator but age should never be a barrier to getting involved. We have a rich heritage of being a sporting borough and it is great that we can offer everyone the chance to be active and try something different. Not only does it help to keep people healthier but it is also a great way to break down the potential problems of social isolation by harnessing people’s passion for sport.
“We’re delighted to be working with Oomph! on this new project and we look forward to encouraging people to get involved in activities no matter how old they are.”
Ben Allen, Oomph!’s CEO, said: “Oomph! are delighted to be working with the Wigan Council team. It is a privilege to be a key partner and support their wellbeing initiatives. We are excited to be adding additional fun and engagement to exercise sessions, and look forward to working together over the coming months!”