Older people urged to get up and active

Older people are being urged to get up and get active as part of a week of events running in Hastings and Rother.

Seniors Activity Week, which runs between February 9-16, features events in Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill and Sidley, including sporting activities, health walks, healthy living clubs and yoga.

The initiative is being promoted by active living partnerships Active Hastings and Active Rother, in conjunction with local groups and charities.

Cllr Jonathan Johnson, Rother District Council cabinet member for young people, sport and equalities, said: “Taking part in sport and physical activity contributes to overall personal health and fitness, regardless of your age.

“It can also have a very positive effect on mental health, helping to tackle issues such as anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.”

The week kicks off on Monday February 9, when a free coffee and information event will be held on The Stade, in Hastings, from 10am to noon.

Activities on offer during the week include badminton, table tennis, short tennis, indoor bowls and Aquafit sessions, yoga, pilates and Tai Chi Qigong, while healthy walks will be held in Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill and Sidley.

The week closes on Monday February 16 with a healthy living club, run by the charity Age UK.

The event will take place at Sidley Community Centre between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Full details of events are available online at www.activehastings.org.uk or www.activerother.org.uk or by calling 01424 451051 for Hastings or 01424 787000 for Rother.