Sporting life for all ages at South Tyneside centre

GENERATION GAMES ... Fit@Heart inter generational activities at Clegwell CA, Hebburn.
GENERATION GAMES ... Fit@Heart inter generational activities at Clegwell CA, Hebburn.

BRIDGING the generation gap was simply child’s play at an annual summer sports special in South Tyneside.

Every year, people of all ages come together for an inter-generational activities week at Clegwell Community Association, in Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn.

Run by the Fit@Heart group, the sessions see teenagers and pensioners joining in a range of games and sporting activities to keep them fit.

Joan Howley, chairwoman of Fit@Heart, said: “This is the eighth year we have organised the inter-generational sports week and we have had people of all ages taking part in activities, between 11m and 3pm daily.

“We get support from Hebburn Community Area Forum and the council’s sports development team and it’s always a lot of fun, for young and old.

“It’s all about bringing the generations together for team games of all kinds.”

The annual sports event attracted up to 30 children and older people each day this week.

The fun included a range of team games, incorporating several sporting elements, improving hand-to-eye co-ordination and overall fitness.

Coun Nancy Maxwell said: “Joan Howley and the Fit@Heart group, who are based at Hartleyburn Community Centre in Hebburn, seem to have boundless energy.

“The annual sports week is all about bringing the children together with older people. Grandparents take part with youngsters, making it a really inter-generational event.

“It’s been going for years and seems as popular as ever.

“The ladies of the Fit@Heart group lead all kinds of fitness classes, including pilates, and this is all about great community activities.”

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