NEW fitness classes launched for the over-50s thanks to a grant of almost £10,000 are proving a sell-out success.
Thurcroft Hub is hosting sports courses for older members of the community after trustees at the charity Thurcroft Institute and Recreation Ground landed £9,945 from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s Coalfields Community Investment Programme.
The cash is being used to pay for staff to run sessions at the Hub and for a programme supervisor to co-ordinate the courses, as well as covering volunteer expenses, training resources, adverts, overheads and sports equipment to be used during the sessions.
Trustee Cath McCartan said a zumba class which started earlier this month had been booked out way ahead of time, while keep-fit classes have also proved popular.
She added: “This funding we have received will make all the difference to those that come along and enjoy our sports and health and well-being based sessions.
“It is important that we give people the opportunity to get out and about and to exercise, particularly as they get older.
“Health problems are an ongoing concern in Rotherham and that’s why the funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust is so significant.
“Not only does it allow us to carry on with our work, but it really does make a life changing difference to our residents.”
At the moment, the classes are free and transport is provided.
It is hoped they will remain free but members may eventually have to cover their own travel costs.