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The 50+ Group

Chairman: Paul Kornycky
Deputy Chair: Sheila White
Secretary: Sue Kornycky

It’s just what the name implies; a group of people aged 50 and over. There are more than 450 in the group and on average some 200 come along every week to make full use of all the facilities the Leisure Centre provides. The 50+ Group started with one-day-a-week sessions on a Thursday, but such was their popularity that this was extended to twice a week so now people can have fun keeping fit on a Monday too.

Activities start at 9.00am and continue through the day until 4.00pm. For a very affordable entrance fee the over-50s can enjoy any – or all – of the sessions on offer on a “pick and mix” basis. Some come just for the morning, some for the afternoon and many stay for the whole day, taking full advantage of activities as varied as Aerobics, Archery, Badminton, Craft Workshop, Easybeat Exercise, Pilates, Short Mat Bowls, Table Tennis, Tap Dancing, Tennis, Tenso Chi, Trampolining, Yoga and Zumba. Many of the 50+ Group also take advantage of the gym while they are there. They’re a hale and hearty lot the Horsham 50+ Group!

The government and health services encourage people to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Regularly going along to a 50+ Activity Day enables the older generation of Horsham District to do just that. This must mean fewer calls on the local health and support services. Money Horsham District Council spends on supporting 50+ Days is money well spent.

But we don’t want to give the impression that it’s all “health enhancing, sporting activity” on 50+ Days. We can’t overestimate the benefits of the social side as well. People can sit and chat over a coffee or enjoy a subsidised lunch in the café. Firm friendships have been formed over the years and newcomers are given a warm welcome and soon find they are “part of the group”. Some of the group have been coming since its inception 25 years ago and many have found comfort in the support of good friends among the 50+ Group in times of family difficulties and bereavement. As Fred (in his 80s) said “It’s not just about sport – it’s far more than that – it’s a way of life to us now”. People arrange their diaries around their 50+ Days; they’re so important to them.

The 50+ Group is well represented in the Joint User Group and is determined to support the campaign to retain all the marvellous facilities at Broadbridge Heath. Members want to continue enhancing the general health and wellbeing of their age group and are only too aware that any move to downgrade the Leisure Centre’s facilities will only endanger that.

And as a footnote, a warm welcome awaits anyone new wanting to join the group.
Just come along on a Monday or a Thursday and try it out.
Blue Star Harriers
Horsham Joggers
Horsham Arun Badminton
Broadbridge Heath Football
Gym Users
Semka Karate
Ladies Morning
U3A Table Tennis
Horsham Hockey
K.D.F. Academy
Shipley Bowmen