Even a heatwave can’t deter our Sporting Chance group in Stockton from keeping active – so far this summer they have taken part in an outdoor keep fit class, javelin competition, and circuit training, to name just a few activities!

This month they were also joined by some special guests from People’s Postcode Lottery. Projects such as Sporting Chance, which offers a range of free activities such as exercise classes and social groups with the aim of improving both the mental and physical well-being of older men, are made possible thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Four members of staff from People’s Postcode Lottery joined the Stockton Sporting Chance group as part of a tour to meet a variety of charities supported by players. They didn’t just observe though – the group was quick to invite them to join in a circuit class in the sports hall at Durham University, Queens’s Campus, with everything from weight lifting to squats.

Following the workout, our guests headed over to Bellamy Court Sheltered Housing in Middlesbrough where they met with a men’s social group for a spot of lunch and a chat. Participant’s ages ranged from 52 to 96 and they each described why they got involved with Sporting Chance.

Lisa Belletty from the Charities team said: ‘Seeing the work that Volunteering Matters do first-hand was a really inspiring experience for myself and the team. We had the chance to chat with men who take part in Sporting Chance, to hear their stories and to understand how the initiative keeps everyone active, whilst creating real and lasting connections and friendships.’

We were delighted to welcome our guests from People’s Postcode Lottery and a fun time was had by all – even during the circuit training!

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