Older hips will be swinging in Hampshire this year thanks to a grant won by Valley Leisure, the largest sports trust in the Test Valley region.
Valley Leisure, which runs five leisure centres on behalf of Test Valley Borough Council, 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 the area.
“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.”
The programme will be launched with free sessions in Andover on 11 January and in Romsey on 16 January.