Have a Go Day gives taster of leisure centre activities

A special open day aimed at the over-55s and those with a disability has been voted a success.

The Have a Go event at the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney highlighted a wide range of activities such as boxercise, pickleball, movement to music and wheelchair dance with prospective new members allowed to sample as many as they liked.

Emily Davis, 17, from Witney, took part in dancing and disability football sessions.

She said: “I really liked the dancing and I am sure it will make me fitter. It’s also a good place to come and enjoy yourself with your friends.”

The Council’s leisure team work with staff at GLL Better who run the centre, to engage with residents of all ages and abilities in a bid to find them a suitable sport or activity.

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health, said: “There is a wonderful range of activities at the leisure centre, many of which people may not even have heard of and the Have a Go day was a great way to showcase it.

“The idea is that there is something for everyone of any age or ability. Personally I enjoyed playing the drums. It’s great fun and so easy to get involved.”

Rod Noble, Area Community Sports Manager at GLL Better, said: “The day has been very successful and there has been a lot of interest from people who now say they will bring their friends. The message is that everyone is welcome to come and have a go.”

For more information about activities at the local leisure centres see: www.better.org.uk/west-oxfordshire 

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