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 autumn/winter 2023 to 2024 programme runs up until Saturday 23 March 2024. We do not hold any sessions from 11 December to 14 January.

Indoor tennis returns on 30 November 2023. Refer to our timetable below for scheduling including dates when sessions are not running.

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:


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 are on a first come, first served basis on the day of each event. Once the classes are full we can’t allow any more entries.

Participant guidance

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. 

View guidance (google doc).


View timetable (PDF 586kb).

New Age Games tennis session with Hackney Tennis

View tennis session details and structure (google doc).

Online classes

The current term of New games online classes returns on 12 September 2023

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:


You must register by Thursday to be considered for the class on the following Tuesday.

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. 

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: This session runs up to 23 November. From 30 November it goes back to a New Age Games session.

Spaces: 16 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.


  • 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
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Water aerobics
  • Yoga

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

Case studies

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

Page updated on: 19 September 2023

Physical Activity


Leisure, Parks and Green Spaces
Public Realm, Climate, Homes and Economy Directorate, Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY

Opening times

  • Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm