Extra-time sports fun for over-55s

Extra Time sessions

Extra Time sessions

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MEN over the age of 55, keen to keep their sporting eye in, are being urged to support new activity sessions that are set to start in Bulwell.

Notts County Football Club’s Football In The Community (FITC) scheme is about to launch sports-based sessions called Extra Time.

Starting on November 3, they will take place every Thursday evening from 5.30 to 7 at the Henry Mellish Sports Centre on Highbury Road.

Participants can choose from a wide variety of sports, including five-a-side football, cricket, basketball, badminton and tennis, among others. All they need to do is go along.

Tim Hatton, business development manager at FITC, said: “There’s clearly a need for this project in Bulwell as we found out when discussing our plans with older people’s groups, such as the Bulwell Forest Action Group.

“Older men are hard to engage, and there aren’t many sports activities like this in Nottingham.

“In other areas of the country, we have participants from 55 to 76 years old who actively take part in a wide range of sports. We’re delighted so many men are involved so often because many of them haven’t played sport for a long time and are benefiting enormously from taking part.”

Shammy Mohammed, Extra Time’s lead coach, said: “I’ve been really surprised at how energetic the participants are. They’ll try any sport we offer and always respond positively to new challenges.”