Why is it important for older people to be active?
The most recent Wales Activity Tracker survey noted that people over 55 are less likely than younger people to have the ability to be physically active, so supporting projects that enable older people to exercise is more important than ever.
Owen Hathway, Assistant Director for Insight, Policy, and Public Affairs at Sport Wales said: “The Veterans Ladies group at Rhiwbina Outdoor Bowls Club is a brilliant example of a club making changes to meet the needs of their members.
“We want Wales to be an active nation where everyone can enjoy sport lifelong. Creating inclusive spaces for older people is an important part of this, so we’re really pleased to have supported this project through the Be Active Wales Fund.”
Many of the club’s members are widows, and the social aspect of recreational sport is also improving their quality of life significantly.
Club member Glo Bird agrees, and said: “When I joined, I’d become a widow. I’ve since been diagnosed with Parkinsons. But my friends here at the bowls club have rallied around. It’s just been a lifesaver for me.
“I wouldn’t want to be without my club.”
Julia Rawlins, Captain of Rhiwbina Ladies Outdoor Bowls said: “My aim before becoming captain was to have a happy club, and I’m so pleased that we’ve achieved it.
Looking at our club, I’m so proud to offer those different activities to address ladies’ needs, as well as the amazing social life that we can offer.”