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Activities to help rural communities stay fit and active

Activity session for Eden Active Fit 4 AllThe successful activity programmes offered at Penrith Leisure Centre for people aged over 50 and 60 are now being developed into a free 10 week pilot project for rural communities, in Shap and Dufton in Eden District starting in February 2018.

The Eden Active Fit 4 All project is a programme of 10 free weekly sessions being delivered  by Eden District Council, in partnership with its leisure contractor GLL.

Eden District Council’s Communities Portfolio Holder, Councillor Elaine Martin, said: “The weekly activities we run at Penrith Leisure Centre for people aged over 50 such as walking football and the over 60s activities led by Councillor Malcolm Temple, have proved to be exceptionally popular. They are a great way for people to stay active through gentle exercise and socialising.

"The Council is very keen to work with GLL to take this programme of activity out to rural communities, by using village halls to host the activities. By running these pilot programmes initially on free basis for 10 weeks, we can establish if local communities have an appetite for this kind of activity."

The FREE ten week pilot Eden Active Fit 4 All pilots are being held at:

  • Shap Memorial Hall
    1.30pm to 3.30pm
    First session starts Tuesday 6 February 2018

  • Dufton Village Hall
    1pm to 3pm
    First session starts Thursday 8 February 2018

All free sessions will run for ten weeks and include refreshments.

Each Eden Active Fit 4 All session will be supervised and the activity can include:

  • Warm up
  • Badminton
  • Indoor bowls
  • Seated exercise
  • Table tennis
  • Dance
  • Boccia
  • Walking
  • Board games etc

Ian Parker, Eden District Council’s Leisure Officer, said: "Everyone is welcome to attend the Eden Active Fit 4 All sessions, even if you just wish to come along and see what it is all about at first. You can just attend the sessions which are convenient for you. It is recommended that those attending wear clothes and shoes you find comfortable for exercising in. If you suffer from a medical condition or have been inactive for a lengthy period it is advisable to consult your GP prior to participating in any physical activity."

For more information about the free weekly Eden Active Fit 4 All sessions telephone 01768 817817 or email: