Everyone Active and Bracknell Forest Council have showcased a 79-year-old former footballer during their Age is Just a Number Campaign to encourage a greater number of over 60's to become active. 

In its third year, this campaign is celebrating the senior demographic and what can be achieved by staying active later in life.

Jim Barron, who played 155 games for Nottingham Forest as a goalkeeper was an avid fitness fan before the pandemic.

Through Everyone Active facilities at Downshire Golf Complex, he took the opportunity to try something new and has now been a member of the club for two and a half years.

He is currently dedicating his time to improving his game.

The Age is Just a Number Campaign coincides with Silver Sunday – the national day for old people – and will run until November 12.

Damian James, Assistant Director for Contract Services at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “We have a huge selection of activities for over 60’s at all our leisure sites and Jim is a prime example of how you can make the most of them!

“Whether it’s swimming, badminton, Zumba, or golf there are lots of options to help you stay active, physically and mentally, no matter what your age.

“We encourage our older residents to take advantage of the local leisure sites over the next few months as discounts will be available on certain activities.”

Bracknell Forest Council also runs in partnership with Coral Reef and Bracknell Leisure Centre offering 18,000 attendees each month for dedicated senior activity sessions.

Mark Tennant, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are proud to offer our members a friendly and welcoming environment that motivates people of all ages to get active.

“Maintaining physical activity and keeping socially active is vitally important for older people in the local community.

“This campaign aims to inspire people to try a new activity or engage in simple exercises each week at home, helping people of all abilities discover the different ways they can enjoy exercise.”