Older hips will be swinging in Andover and the wider Test Valley from January, thanks to a grant won by Valley Leisure, the charitable trust that runs Andover Leisure Centre and Charlton Lakeside.
Valley Leisure has been awarded money from a special national fund to run Zumba® classes for 440 inactive and older people in venues across the community and at leisure centres in Test Valley from January.
“The Move More with Zumba Fitness programme is an ideal activity for older people and for those just beginning their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. It’s a fun way to exercise and get your body moving,” said Liz Murray, Valley Leisure’s community manager.
“Zumba Gold® will be used to launch the new programme and is a great workout for the mind and body and people can move at their own pace, learning more and more as they go along.”
She added: “We’re really excited about this project and we’re delighted to have been chosen as a partner by such high profile organisations.”
The grant comes from Sport England’s Make your Move programme via Sporta, Zumba Fitness LLC, and Sport Hampshire Isle of Wight.
Liz said: “Move More with Zumba® Fitness aims to engage, enthuse and excite people into more physical activity with the Zumba Gold programme, using low intensity and easy-to-follow moves.
“The programme will use music and movement to revitalise the body, mind and soul, with the intent of reaching inactive, less able, older and non-traditional leisure centre users in this fun, popular and inspiring workout.”
People can take the Zumba Gold class for free at the launch sessions at Andover Leisure Centre at 9am to 10.30am and 10.30am to 12noon on Monday 11 January.
For more information or to reserve a place call Natalie Austin, programme manager on 07493 160027 or book online at www.valleyleisure.co.uk/buyonline