16 December 2016
Health & wellbeing
Tailoring fitness and exercise to the needs of older people
Hanover residents in Hackney are being encouraged to stay fit and healthy after their estate joined forces with Leyton Orient Trust to provide exercise and wellbeing classes.
The new initiative came about when the estate's Support Assistant Tunde Adams spotted a flyer for a football reminiscence event and then came up with the idea of working with a London football club.
After receiving interest from the Leyton Orient Trust (the charity and community arm of Leyton Orient football club) the residents of Averley Court have been treated to 12 weeks of physical activity from professional fitness instructors. The exercise classes have been specially tailored for older people and include boccia (a form of bowling), armchair Olympics, chair-based exercises and armchair volleyball.
Averley Court's oldest resident, 96-year-old Siyka Diamitrova, said: ‘Since starting the exercise classes I have noticed a huge improvement in my mobility. The classes are great fun and have allowed me to make some new friends and catch up with some old ones.’
Another resident, John Clark, who has been a Leyton Orient fan since the age of 11 and played for East London School Boys, spoke about how pleased he was to see the exercise classes being delivered by Leyton Orient Trust, and how much the activities have helped his fitness.
Dr Stuart Burgess, Chair of Hanover, visited the estate and said: ‘At Hanover we celebrate the positive benefits of an active lifestyle in later years every single day. We are delighted to be involved with this fantastic initiative and look forward to working with Leyton Orient on other initiatives in the near future.’
Founded in 1989, Leyton Orient Trust is a charity whose aim it is to ‘positively impact on the lives of disadvantaged Londoners through our sports, educational and leisure projects.’ Its work includes investing in local communities and delivering on a range of major national projects.