Our objective is simple: more seniors, more active, more often.

Our senior engagement programme

The Senior Physical Activity & Adapted Sport (SPAAS) programme is our senior engagement programme run by the University of Worcester. SPAAS provides weekly adapted exercise, sport and physical activity sessions, led by qualified and experienced instructors. SPAAS is an inclusive programme for all, with no upper age limit.

We also deliver the annual Worcester Senior Games, a competitive sporting tournament over three days. SPAAS members compete against individuals & teams from across the West Midlands.

The adapted sports include:

  • walking football
  • walking netball
  • walking basketball
  • walking cricket
  • short mat bowls
  • exercise classes
  • seated exercises
  • outdoor sport

-      Archery

-      Orienteering

-      Kayaking

The focus of the Worcester Senior Games is to promote fun competition regardless of age, gender or ability.

For more information on our sessions, download our SPAAS Weekly Session Timetable document. To register for any of the activities, you will need to download, print-off, complete and bring to the Riverside Centre a pre-participation health screening questionnaire. All activities must be booked in advance either by emailing us at riversidefitnesssuite@worc.ac.uk  or by visiting the Riverside Centre.        

Physical Activity and You

Disease prevention

Maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent many common diseases, such as heart diseasediabetes and some cancers. Physical activity also improves the overall immune system, which is important for seniors as their immune systems can become compromised as they age.

Improved mental health

The positive effects of physical activity on mental health are almost endless. The endorphins (hormones which make you feel good) released during physical activity act as a stress reliever, leaving you feeling happier and more satisfied. Increased levels of physical activity have also been linked to improved sleep patterns, especially during senior years. 

Decreased risk of falls

Statistically, increased chronological age results in a higher risk of falls. Falls can be disastrous for maintaining independence during older age. Physical activity has been proven to improve flexibility, strength, coordination and balance, all of which reduce the risk of falls. As age increases, so does the recovery time from falls meaning anything that helps avoid them should be viewed as very important. 

Social health

Increased age often parallels changes in social activity and social circles. Participation in any session, whether it walking, fitness or sport can develop into a fun social event. Keeping, or redeveloping strong social ties is very important as adult’s age as it provides a sense of identity and purpose, helping avoid feelings of depressions and or loneliness. 

Improved cognitive function

Improved cognitive function, gained through regular physical activity, is linked to a lower risks of dementia and other cognitive declines. 

 

Contact us

For more information about the SPAAS programme, or to make an enquiry about any of the sessions within the timetable, please contact Richard Dilworth: