Eagles fly in to help group stay healthy

Age UK North Tynesides Cedar Grove Mens Group with local player and coach from the Newcastle Eagles, Gavin Wright.
Age UK North Tynesides Cedar Grove Mens Group with local player and coach from the Newcastle Eagles, Gavin Wright.

A charity has teamed up with a top sports team to get the ball rolling to help older people keep healthy and active.

Age UK North Tyneside’s Cedar Grove Men’s Group took part in a walking basketball session with Newcastle Eagles coach and player Gavin Wright.

Joe Peterson, volunteer and community manager at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “We were first approached by Sport North Tyneside to take part in the session and we jumped at the chance.

“The men love the opportunity to try something new and out of the ordinary, and enjoyed the experience so much that it has now become a regular event.”

Emma Armstrong-Smith, volunteer and community officer at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “At first the hoop seemed like an impossible target, but after just one hour everyone had managed to score and things started to get competitive.”

Bryan Graham, a member of the men’s group, said: “It was good fun and great exercise.”

Another member, Richard Young added: “It was great to see the improvement in skill after just one hour.”

The group, as well as Wideopen Men’s Group, provides a welcoming environment for older men to meet, try new activities and explore the local area.

The groups are currently seeking new members and are open to active and independent men looking for an opportunity to widen social networks and keep active.

The free walking basketball sessions will be held every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at The Parks Leisure Centre in North Shields.

For more information on Age UK North Tyneside’s Men’s Groups or the walking basketball sessions, contact (0191) 280 8484.