Exercise for over 50s

Exercising at home

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.

New Age Games

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.

There’s no need to book – just turn up at the first session. We’ll make every effort to accommodate you but participation is on a first come first served basis.


Registration form

Please print and complete the registration form before attending, and give it to the instructor at the session:

If you have any underlying health concerns which could get worse with exercise, they’ll give you another form to take to your GP. See fitness classes for more activities including our One You £1 community-based fitness classes.

Indoor tennis at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority provide a grant to support our indoor tennis session. They’d like to collect user information via registration and feedback forms to help them do so – they’ll be using it to see how well attended the sessions is, and what kinds of people are attending.

Sessions at leisure centres

If you’re attending a session at a leisure centre, please make it clear to reception that you are participating in the New Age Games and which session(s) you wish to attend. Please note, New Age Games is a free scheme and you do not need to be a paid member of a Hackney leisure centre to participate.

Britannia Leisure Centre

The first time you attend, reception will ask you for your name and telephone number and will give you a unique number, which you’ll need to tell reception each time you attend a New Age Games class – if you’re a member of Better, you can use your membership card. You’ll still need to register your attendance with the class instructor.

Kings Hall and Queensbridge leisure centres

Staff will direct you through the barrier. You’ll need to register with your New Age Games class instructor.

Clissold Leisure Centre

Staff will direct you through the barrier. You’ll need to register with your New Age Games class instructor. If attending the water aerobics session, please meet the instructor on the left-hand side of the pool at 9.30am for class registration. Please do not enter the pool before registering with the instructor.


  • 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, max 18 participants)
  • Badminton
  • Chair-Based Activity (gently builds up your activity levels without putting strain on your arms, legs or hips – for people who’ve had back, knee or hip surgery, or have very low fitness levels, mobility problems, arthritis or osteoporosis)
  • 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 (max 25 participants)
  • 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 (max 32 participants)
  • Steady Chair-Based Activity (slower routines and focusing on coordination and balance)
  • Soca Aerobics
  • Table Tennis (indoors; singles and doubles)
  • Tennis (indoor and outdoor)
  • Water Aerobics (held on left side of pool)
  • Yoga (max 32 participants at Britannia Leisure Centre and max of 25 participants at Kings Hall Leisure Centre)

Case studies

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

Page updated on: 6 May 2020

Sport, Leisure & Physical Activity Development


Neighbourhoods and Housing Group
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Mon to Fri, 9am - 5pm