Exercise for over 50s

The New Age Games programme

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.

The New Age Games spring/summer term runs from Monday 29 April to Monday 22 July 2024. Refer to our timetable for scheduling details.

To attend a session you must be:

  • a Hackney resident
  • aged 50 plus
  • registered to the scheme
  • follow the user guidance


New participants or people whose details have changed must register:

Register for the New Age Games programme

If you have any underlying health concerns which may be made worse with exercise, speak to your health professional prior to participating. Once registered, we make every effort to accommodate attendees, but we base places on a first come, first served basis on the day of each event. We do not take bookings. Once the classes are full we can’t allow any more entries.

Participant guidance

Familiarise yourself with the attached guidance before attending.

View user guidance (google doc).


View timetable (PDF 614kb).

New Age Games tennis session with Hackney Tennis

View tennis session details and structure (google doc).


  • Aerobic and tone – a varied aerobic workout to music using dyna bands to improve strength, flexibility and endurance
  • 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
  • Fusion – a mix of Pilates, yoga and strengthening exercises
  • Gym
  • Learn to swim for beginners – improve water confidence and stroke development
  • Music movers – aerobic movement with freestyle group exercise and fitness routines
  • Pilates 
  • Soca aerobics – a whole body cardiovascular workout, inspired by Caribbean carnival dance moves
  • Table tennis – a come and play session (not currently coached)
  • Tennis
  • Water aerobics
  • Yoga

See fitness classes and springfield park free group activities for more activities.

Online classes

The current term of New Age Games online classes run from 30 April to 16 July 2024.

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


Tuesday, 10am to 11am

Instructor: Penny

How to book onto an online class

If you’re a new participant, you must register for the New Age Games programme.

You need to register by 10am, Thursday to be considered for the class on the following Tuesday.

You must also complete our virtual session booking form:

Complete our 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. 

Exercise videos

See our videos of exercises to help you stay active.

Cycle training

Find out about our free cycle training.

Indoor tennis

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority have kindly organised the following indoor tennis class:

Location: Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Eaton Manor, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Leadmill Lane E20 3AD

Day: Thursday

Time: 12pm to 1:30pm

Payment details: £5 per class. Pay on the day. First come first served.

Dates: From 11 April 2024 until further notice.

Spaces: 18 per week, players will need to bring their own tennis racket.

Target audience: 50+ social tennis players initially from the Hackney Council New Age Games group, but sessions may be opened wider if take up is not high.

For further information contact: Paskell on pblackwell@leevalleypark.org.uk.

Centre contact: lvhockeyandtennis@gll.org for any on the day type of questions.

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.

Case studies

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

Page updated on: 11 June 2024

Physical Activity


Leisure, Parks and Green Spaces
Environment & Climate Change Division, Climate, Homes & Economy Directorate
Hackney Council, Springfield House, Springfield Park, Springfield, Hackney
E5 9EF

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