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Residents in Goole who want to improve their fitness but are worried that their age or mobility may be an obstacle are now able to join new walking netball and football sessions.

Following the success of walking netball sessions elsewhere in the East Riding, brand new sessions have started in Goole.

The free weekly sessions, which launched at East Riding Leisure Goole at the end of October, are running for six weeks initially with the support of England Netball development officer Pauline Hardy.

Pauline said: ‘Walking netball really is a fantastic way of getting into the sport for the first time or perhaps re-discovering a love of the sport regardless of a person’s age or ability.

‘Since the sport was launched in the East Riding a year ago it has proved to be incredibly popular and extending the sessions to Goole is just the next step along its development.’

The sessions are aimed at ladies aged 50 and over with games played with adapted rules on a reduced size court. In addition, brand new weekly walking football sessions started at East Riding Leisure Goole on Wednesday, October 19.

The sessions aim to provide people aged 50 and over with fun, sociable football games and skills to improve fitness for those who may have previously played and want the chance to kick a ball once again.

The sessions will be led by Adam Gibson, community sports coach with the council’s sport, play & arts service. He said: ‘No matter what people’s fitness or skill levels I would encourage anyone wanting to find out more to go along and give it a go.’For further information about the walking netball sessions or to book a place contact Kelly Pritchard on 01405 769005 and to enquire about the walking football sessions contact Adam Gibson on 01482 392528.

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