New Age Games

The New Age Games is a sport and physical activity programme for Hackney residents aged 50 and over. If you're 50 or over, it can help you increase the amount of exercise you do and sustain a healthy level of exercise. 

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.

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.

The New Age Games programme is funded in partnership with Sport England - New Life Through Sport Scheme. See Healthy Hackney for more activities including our One You £1 community-based fitness classes.

Swimming for beginners

After changing into your swimming attire please wait in the pool's viewing gallery for the instructor - this will help the instructor to register the attendees. Please do not enter the pool before registering with the swimming instructor.

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.


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 

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


Clissold Leisure Centre are issuing New Age Games users with non-members' leisure centre cards. If you're a member of Better you can use your membership card. If attending the water aerobics session, please meet the instructor on the left-side of the pool at 9.30am for class registration.

Guide to activities


Archery is a low impact sport, suitable for most abilities. Sessions are held indoors. You'll learn how to hold a bow and shoot at the target as well as learning the rules of the ancient sport. Maximum 18 participants.


A racquet sport played by either 2 opposing players (singles) or 2 opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court.


A target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls. The session is of low intensity and suitable for all abilities.

Body conditioning

High energy meets holistic approach. This session will comprise of 50% Pilates and 50% aerobic-fitness activity. Mats are provided but you're welcome to bring your own.

Brazilian dance

A dance fitness programme, which originated from Columbia. The exercises include slow and fast rhythms, as well as resistance training.

Chair-based activity

Chair-based exercises help people with mobility problems to keep active. They're designed to help people build-up their activity levels without putting unwanted strain on their hips, legs or arms. This makes them ideal for people with arthritis or osteoporosis, or who have had back, knee or hip surgery. The activities gently build up a person's fitness, so they're suitable for people who have very low levels of fitness.


Learn how to ride or cycle off road in the beautiful surroundings of the river Lea. All equipment is provided.

Dance aerobics

An aerobic programme set to a range of cultural music. Slow and fast rhythmic exercises, plus resistance training. 

Fit to tone

A varied aerobic fitness workout to music, focusing on improving strength, endurance and flexibility.


A facility which provides a range of equipment to help you stay physically active. Staff are on hand to provide advice and support.


A body-conditioning routine which helps improve flexibility, strength and endurance. Provides a strong focus to develop the body's core muscles and improving balance and co-ordination. Maximum 32 participants.

Swimming for beginners

Improve your confidence by learning swimming strokes in this introduction to the swimming environment. The emphasis is on development of very basic motor skills.

Swing dance

This exercise session has evolved from its jazz origins to the present day interpretation. An effective cardiovascular workout, which helps to strengthen bones and muscles.

Soca aerobics

A dance fitness programme, which originated from the Caribbean. The exercises include slow and fast rhythms, as well as resistance training.


Indoor and outdoor.

Walking football

A minimal-contact sport with one main difference to standard football - no running. A great way to keep fit, learn new skills and socialise at the same time. 

Water aerobics

A type of resistance training done mostly vertically and without swimming, in fairly shallow water such as in a swimming pool.


An ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility, posture and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Maximum 32 participants.

Case studies

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

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