New venue and support from the Mayor of London

    Success of Silverfit launches new session at Brockwell Park funded by Lambeth Council & Sport Relief.

    We have had a fantastic year so far at Silverfit with wonderful support from local communities within London. Great feedback from our focus group conducted by LSBU with wonderful testimonies from a numerous amount of our members on how Silverfit has impacted their health and social wellbeing.

    Our numbers have reached a new high of over 100 older people enjoying a happier fitter life with support from councillors and public health officials (more info to follow). We have even gained support from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson regarding a new cycle programme where we utilise the new Barclay cycle scheme for the older generation. Here is what he has to say "Cycling is a fun way to get fit, stay healthy and see more of London and it’s great that  Silverfit are making the most of our bicycles to do just that.”
    The support has been fantastic and we have great news as we launch a brand new Silverfit in Brockwell Park on Tuesday afternoons.
    We will begin our sessions on Tuesday 3rd March from 2pm at Brockwell Hall Cafe. We will be having some special guests at the launch and would love to see all our members there. Activities on offer include Pilates and Nordic Walking which have been two of our most loved activities. We will also be providing Walking Football in late spring with a professional instructor from Millwall FC. In summer we plan to offer swimming in the recently refurbished Brockwell Lido!

    We would like to thank Sport Relief, Fusion Lifestyle and The Lambeth Legacy fund for helping with the development of health & wellbeing programmes for Silverfit.

    The flyer for our newest addition to our Silver Days is below- we hope to see you all there!

    Brockwell Park 2015


    Fantastic results from Burgess Park LSBU Focus Group

    At Silverfit we have been working with London South Bank University to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme with participants in order to improve and extend their opportunities.
    Professor Wendy Couchman at London South Bank University conducted a focus group session with our Silverfitters at Burgess Park.  LSBU wanted to evaluate the progress of our Silver Tuesdays and found that the sessions had gradually grown to 40 members with the average age changing from 61 to 63.

    Participants were wholly enthusiastic about their experience of Silver Tuesdays in Burgess Park, whether they had joined at the start, like one man who had been able to get back into exercise, or more recent participants: ‘It is a wonderful opportunity really’, ‘It’s excellent to have these activities’ .

    There was much praise for the project leader and leaders of different activities: ‘Her enthusiasm is just absolutely brilliant’, ‘I’d like to congratulate the tutors’.

    The social aspects of Silver Tuesdays, including coffee sessions, were seen as important as the exercise by the majority: ‘And the social aspects of it as well, it gets you out to socialise’ A strong message from the group throughout the discussion was that, now they had experienced the positive benefits of Silver Tuesdays, they wanted more choice of activities.
    After such results we are launching Silver Days, a range of fun & fitness sessions throughout the week with a range of activities.

    The next  launch will be on Tuesday 3rd March at Brockwell Park.
    To read the full review of the focus group visit this link: Silverfit Focus Group report.


    Silver Monday at Paddington Rec to start next week

    Our Silver Day at Paddington Rec is back at last!

    On Monday, January 26th, we start our Silver Monday at this iconic London venue.

    We meet at 1:00pm at the wonderful Paddington Rec Park Café, (Randolph Ave, London W9 1PD) with a warm up at 1:15pm and start of the activities at 1:30pm.

    Join us for some Pilates with our very enthusiastic instructor Sian, a Walking For Health Walk which will not only give you a good workout but also include some fascinating information about the local area or Table Tennis with our wonderful instructor Charles...and bring a friend too!

    Best of all the café is dog friendly. So, if you have  a dog who you would like to bring along for the Walking For Health Walk you are welcome to.

    We also hope you join us for socialising and refreshments at the Café after the activities at 2:30pm.

    Cost: £1 per session for members/ £2.50 per session for non-members

    all images ©SusanneHakuba2015
    The café at Paddington Rec.
    The café at Paddington Rec.

    Bring your dog along if you like - the café where we meet is dog friendly!
    Bring your dog along if you like - the café where we meet is dog friendly!
    We might even manage to go to the famous Abbey Road crossing on our WFH walks.
    We might even manage to go to the famous Abbey Road crossing on our WFH walks.





    Wattbikes - perfect for getting you fit in winter

    The Wattbike is here at Siverfit

    At Silverfit, we strive to get our members the best in instructors and equipment and at the latest addition to our Silver Tuesday we don’t disappoint with the inclusion of WattBikes.

    Developed over seven years in partnership with British Cycling, the Wattbike is the world's first indoor bike that feels like riding a real bike, providing scientifically accurate data, including heart rate and power. When coupled with its free ground-breaking software, the Wattbike is an incredible analysis tool for cycling fitness.

    The Wattbike can be used by people of all ages, including children, for rehabilitation, general fitness, high level training, scientific testing, cross-training and even racing. Many well-known athletes use the Wattbike as part of their fitness programme including Olympic champions Jessica Ennis-Hill and Joanna Rowsell.

    The Wattbike features the unique ‘Polar Display’ that provides immediate feedback on the cyclist’s technique on the in-built Performance Computer. All bikes are factory calibrated identically, allowing them to be linked together for accurate racing. It delivers a new level of depth and accuracy of data all of which can be viewed in real time and saved for later analysis in Wattbike Expert software.

    Cadence has chosen the Wattbike because it is simply the most advanced, scientifically accurate and easy-to-use indoor training bike in the world. (Cadence Performance Limited, 2012).

    Come down to our Silver Tuesdays at Crystal Palace from 2pm which starts back today, January 6th, at 2pm.

    To read a small feature on our founder using one of the Wattbikes have a look here.

    Wattbike (Courtsey of Cadence Performance, 2012).
    Wattbike (Courtsey of Cadence Performance, 2012).

    We’ve been awarded funding!

    We are happy to announce that Silverfit has recently been awarded funding.

    The Lambeth Legacy Fund's aim is to support sports clubs and community organisations to enhance and strengthen their sports provision in Lambeth. This funding opportunity will help Silverfit to offer Walking Football with a qualified coach at our Brockwell Park Silver Tuesday from March onwards (pls note that Brockwell Park will start on 27 January 2015 with Nordic walking and pilates).

    The second award is from Freesport WinterSpring 2015. Being a key part of the Mayor's Sports Legacy Programme, FreeSport in Association with Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives allows sports clubs, youth groups and community organisations to apply for grants of up to £1,500 to run free sport activities for Londoners.

    FreeSport provides free sporting opportunities to Londoners, of all ages and abilities, to encourage more people to try sports and to help organisations deliver a grass-roots sporting legacy across London. The programme helps around 15,000 Londoners each year, with more than two thirds of these receiving over six hours of free sessions from qualified coaches.

    FreeSport projects are delivered as a series of activities, rather than one off events. This helps make the activity become a habit and helps offer a clear route for people to carry on playing sport afterwards.

    This award will help use in launching our new Silverfit sessions at Assembly of Sport at LSBU in late February & the re-launch of Paddington Rec in late January 2015!

    We would like to thank all parties involved in awarding us this funding opportunity.

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