We encourage all people in Lichfield, regardless of ability to age well. As a nation we have an ageing population- Whilst this is a positive outcome from improved health care and standards of living, our ageing populations are also costing our services millions of pounds due to inactivity. Of the 134,200 people living in Lichfield, 20% are over 65 years which is more than the National average. 0.7% of the population have been diagnosed with dementia which is around 660 people. We provide a wide range of programmes to encourage active ageing in Lichfield including walking sports, unlimited swimming for the over 75s and activities for those with dementia and their carers.

Walking Football

Walking football is a much slower version of the beautiful game, sessions are taken by a qualified and first aid trained football coach in a informal and fun environment.

We are working in partnership with Staffordshire FA via their Just play programme. We are targetting 50rs+ however anyone is welcome and we get a range of ages and abilities along. We also encourage plenty of breaks throughout the session. 

As well as having a great time whilst playing and socialising, the benefits on the body from walking football include improved balance, core strength, lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels and it slashes the chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

Saturdays 10-11am

£2 per person ( first session is free)

Friary Grange Leisure Centre ( off Eastern Avenue, Lichfield)

Walking Netball

Whether you used to play regularly or havent played since school. If you fancy having fun, making friends and keeping active then walking netball is for you. 

As well as having a great time socialising and having fun, the benefits on the body from walking netball have shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure, less fat, more muscle, and better mobility and at just £3 per person whats stopping you!

Our new group runs on Wednesdays at 10-11am at Burntwood Leisure Centre

For more information email the active communities manager  julia.kendrick@freedom-leisure.co.uk or just turn up at the session. (please note there are no sessions on 25 Dec and 1 Jan)

Dementia friendly Xplorer

As part of Dementia Awareness week in May our active communities team and local PCSOs delivered an Xplorer specifically targetting those with dementia and their families.

The markers were in reaching distance placed along paths so participants could access easily. We also had a dementia outreach worker attend who managed to speak to a few members of the general public and provide information to those with questions about dementia. 

We are looking to deliver other dementia friendly sessions such as swimming and gym classes. Please email Julia.kendrick@freedom-leisure.co.uk for more information.