Primetimers can engage in everything from line dancing and dementia-friendly golf to Christmas lunches and coffee mornings

Mytime Active’s Primetime programme has transformed where and how the over 60s access wellbeing throughout Bromley.

Primetime is more than just an exercise class, it’s a lifeline for many of our older residents.

The initiative first launched in 2008 and over the years has expanded to ensure everyone can keep active and make new friends.

Mytime Active’s Ann Wilbourn explains: “It’s a really special, joined-up approach that means leisure doesn’t happen exclusively in our leisure centres. We want to be out in the community, meeting people where they live and socialise.

“Everyone locally knows our leisure centres – The Pavilion, The Spa at Beckenham, Walnuts, West Wickham, Darrick Wood Swimming Pool – many people grew up having swimming lessons and still take their grandchildren to swim there, but we’re so much more than a leisure centre; we also take activities into community spaces, such as Crofton Hall, Wickham Hall, the squash club Blundells, St. Marks Church Hall and Farnborough Village Hall.

“We understand that for some people, simply getting to a venue is a challenge, and that is why we provide sessions that are embedded in the community. These locations are smaller and can be less intimidating for some of our frailer customers. Many of our community venues don’t have stairs, ensuring that even more people can access our sessions.

“It’s fantastic to see many of our more physically able Primetime customers take advantage of the 60+ free bus travel and attend classes each day at different venues around the borough.

“This holistic, interconnected approach allows customers to visit 11 sites for physical activity and socialising daily, nurturing a vital sense of inclusivity and community.

“Our Primetimers are such a friendly bunch, and if you feel a bit apprehensive our Primetime Buddy volunteers are always on hand to give a warm welcome, a smile and a chat.”

Under the one membership umbrella, Primetimers can engage in everything from senior football, line dancing, table tennis, Pilates, dementia-friendly golf, senior circuits, Zumba Gold and strength and stability exercises to social gatherings such as coffee meet-ups, Christmas lunch and summer gatherings. Plus, caregivers attend for free.

So whether you want to wiggle your hips at line dancing or practice your golf swing, there really is something for everyone.

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