Exercise for over 50s

The New Age Games programme

The New Age Games is a sport and physical activity programme for Hackney residents aged 50 and over.

It can help you increase the amount of exercise you do and sustain it, contributing to a healthy lifestyle.

New Age Games returns on Monday 13 September 2021 – Saturday 19 March 2022. No sessions will be held from 12 December to 16 January.

To attend a session you must be registered and follow the user guidance.


New participants or people whose details have changed must register:


If you have any underlying health concerns which may be made worse with exercise, please speak to your health professional prior to participating.

Participant guidance

Please familiarise yourself with the attached guidance. As we continue to develop our post-lockdown operation, we continually review our compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance. 


Cycle training

Find out about our free cycle training.

Afro-soca exercise video

Exercise with New Age Games instructor Rosaleen Lyons with this Afro-soca exercise video routine. Suitable for beginners:

Please note: the information in this video provided by the Council in respect of exercise is for informational and educational purposes only.

Please consult your doctor or health care professional before undertaking any physical exercise or activity, particularly those with medical conditions.

All physical activity and exercise by children should be undertaken with appropriate parental supervision and guidance. If you experience any pain, discomfort or other injury please consult your doctor or healthcare professional and seek medical advice.

Online classes

The current term of online classes will start on 14 September.

Online sessions must be booked and are first come first served.


Tuesday, 10am-11am

Instructor: Penny

How to book onto an online class

If you’re a new participant, please register:


Please also complete the virtual session booking form:

Virtual session booking form

If you’ve already taken part in the New Age Games you only need to complete the virtual session booking form. 

Digital skills and buddies project in Hackney

Hackney residents can find help with their devices by visiting our digital skills page for video how-to guides.

There’s also a digital buddy programme which is a new social connection and support project we’re piloting in Hackney.


  • Aerobic and tone (a varied aerobic workout to music using dyna bands to improve strength, flexibility and endurance)
  • Archery (a low impact session held indoors)
  • Badminton
  • Chair-based activity (gently builds up your activity levels without putting strain on your arms, legs or hips. Suitable for people who’ve had back, knee or hip surgery, mobility problems, arthritis, osteoporosis or have very low fitness levels).
  • Cycling (learn how to ride or cycle off road; all equipment provided)
  • Fit to tone (a varied aerobic fitness workout to music, focusing on improving strength, endurance and flexibility)
  • Gym
  • Move-ability (a circuit based class designed for people with activity limitations and comprising of a warm up, cardiovascular component, light resistance exercises and a cool down)
  • Music movers (aerobic movement with freestyle group exercise and fitness routines)
  • Pilates 
  • Steady chair-based activity (slower routines and focusing on coordination and balance)
  • Strength and stability (exercises that help to tone and strengthen muscles and improve balance and mobility – the class is suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and who can easily get on and off the floor, although adaptations can be made)
  • Soca aerobics
  • Table tennis (indoors; singles and doubles)
  • Tennis (indoor and outdoor)
  • Water aerobics
  • Yoga

See fitness classes for more activities including our One You community-based fitness classes.

Case studies

Find out how the New Age Games programme has helped Hackney residents:

Page updated on: 2 September 2021

Sport, Leisure & Physical Activity Development


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