Age UK Wigan Borough held its Summer Shindig at the DW Stadium to showcase the various ways people can keep moving and stay active in the borough – from cycling to walking football.
Cyclist Brian came across the event, which was held in partnership with Wigan Athletic and Ambition for Ageing while travelling through on his bike. He said: “I’ve always done cycling in my life – it’s brilliant, I love to get out in the fresh air and have no hassle!”
Brian cycled in his youth but it went on the back-burner when he was in work and raising a family – he’s returned to the hobby in retirement. His advice to others to staying active is: “Dust off the bike and get back in the saddle. These days you can get electric-assisted bikes to help – there is no reason not to do it.”
Barry Worthington, a long-standing participant of Walking Football and Latics season ticket holder said:
“The Walking Football was excellent as usual and played in the right spirit, although it was a bit hot in the sunshine!
“Later in life, you tend to slow down a bit and that can lead to problems, so staying active is a must. Not only that, you have the social side to it, making friends and meeting new people.
“I now play with a group of guys I didn’t know five years ago and they are my best friends. We interact socially as well as during the football, so it’s brilliant. It’s opened so many doors and it shows that once you’re retired there are a lot of other things you can be doing. I don’t know how I found the time to work, to be honest!”
The event follows the launch of Wigan Athletic’s Extra Time project – which offers people aged 55 and over a chance to take part in a range of social and physical activities in Wigan including crafts, quizzes, badminton, table tennis and more.
For more information on Extra Time, contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Extra Time Hub Activator, Christine Blundell, on: email@example.com or call 01942 318090.
For more information on Age UK Wigan Borough activities, visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/wiganborough/our-services/bright-days-programme-feel-good–have-fun-in-wigan–leigh