AN annual sporting fixture in South Tyneside has again bridged the generation gap.
An inter-generational sports week is held each year at Clegwell Community Association in Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn.
Now in its seventh year, the event sees pensioners and youngsters joining forces to keep fit by tackling a series of sporting activities.
Joan Howley, chairwoman of the Fit@Heart group based at Hartleyburn Community Association in Hebburn, organises the annual sporting sessions.
The 65-year-old said: “This was our seventh year for the inter-generational sports week, and it was again a great success.
“The activities were spread over four days, and we had about 10 pensioners taking part and lots of teenagers from Hebburn Comprehensive School. The sessions included everything from volleyball to cricket and from skipping to mini-golf.
“It means young people leave their computers behind and get involved in some good, old-fashioned sports, and it’s all great fun for people of all ages.”
The sports week was funded by a £1,480 grant from South Tyneside Council’s Hebburn community area forum and overseen by members of South Tyneside Council’s sports development team.
Mrs Howley added: “We must thank the forum and the sports development in particular for all their help, as we could not stage the event every year but for all their support.
“The young people were great over the four days of the sports week.”