Sport and Activity for People Over 55

Being active can help older people stay healthy and independent. The NHS website has information about the benefits of being healthy and activities to try.

Age UK Islington

Age UK Islington provides information and support to people aged over 55 in the borough. This includes activities taking place at the Drovers Centre and elsewhere in Islington, such as Sobell leisure centre. Activities include chair-based yoga, keep fit, line dancing, short mat bowls, tai chi and walks.

Community centres

Community centres across Islington offer activities to people aged 55 and over.

Sport clubs

Black Arrows badminton club offers badminton to people aged 50+

Leisure centres

People aged 60 or over can apply for concessionary membership with GLL, who run Islington’s seven leisure centres.

Leisure centres may offer activities for people aged 55 and over. To find if there is an activity for you go to GLL Islington, choose a leisure centre and then the Over 55’s tab in the Weekly Programme section.

Free swimming is on offer for people aged 60+, Monday-Friday 8.30-4.30 and weekends. This is at the council's leisure centres: Archway leisure centre, Cally Pool, Ironmonger Row Baths

Sobell leisure centre offers sessions for people aged 60+ on Tuesday, 10.30am-1pm. Activities include badminton, exercise classes, short mat bowls, short tennis and table tennis, and a social area and refreshments.  


Walking is an excellent form of physical activity for people aged over 50. Go to the Walking page for walking maps and routes and walking groups in Islington. 

10 minutes of activity for older people

10 Today has ten-minute exercise routines aimed at older people. This is through their online videos and the radio.

Activity in England

Salusa has information about activity for people aged 50+ across England. You can search, compare and contact local services specifically for your health condition, disability or mobility level.

All activity in Islington

Active Islington has information about sport and activity for everyone in Islington.

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