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What type of classes do we offer?

Our Active Living classes and courses are designed for people with long term conditions and those who want to improve their overall health and wellbeing. The classes are centred on the individuals needs to help improve their overall health and quality of life.

All classes have qualified instructors who are there to help and support you every step of the way.

See information below for more details on all the Active Living classes and the Downloads for each of the classes.

Functional Fitness MOT Courses

This 10 week course is free thanks to funding from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group. The class will provide activities which promote postural stability and balance to assist greater independence and reduce the risk of falls in the future.

Functional Fitness Classes

The Functional Fitness classes take place weekly at Link4Life venues across the Rochdale Borough. The classes will provide activities which promote postural stability and balance to assist greater independence and reduce the risk of falls in the future.

If you have any further questions and to book one of the limited spaces on the class please contact Paul Gardner.

Photo: Active Living Christmas Party, where we invite all those attending our sessions to come and join in the fun.

The Gentle Exercise classes take place weekly at Link4Life venues across the Rochdale borough. The classes are designed to help people with a variety of long term health conditions strengthen joints and muscles and improve balance and stability.

Photo: Active Living Christmas Party, where we invite all those attending our sessions to come and join in the fun.

If you have any further questions or require more information please contact Paul Gardner.

Designed for people with multiple and complex health conditions, who need specific 1:1 classes or small group work.

If you have any further questions or require more information please contact Paul Gardner.

Balance Ball class takes place every Monday at Rochdale Leisure Centre from 2.30pm-3.30pm. It's a seated exercise class performed whist sat on an oversized gym ball, while performing functional resistance exercises, excellent for strengthening the core muscle areas (abdominal, back, trunk) and for improving posture, balance, coordination, and flexibility.

If you have any further questions and to book one of the limited spaces on the class please contact Paul Gardner.

A free six week programme of taster sessions in the gym, swimming, walking, circuit based exercise, dance based exercise, badminton, mindfulness, aimed at helping rebuild fitness, confidence and helping you take the first steps to a more active lifestyle in the future.

If you have any further questions or require more information please contact Paul Gardner.

Link4Life are offering a weekly specialist Back Care Yoga session at Rochdale Leisure Centre to assist you in managing your condition on an everyday basis. The sessions runs every Tuesday 4pm-4.45pm.

If you have any further questions or require more information please contact Paul Gardner.

As recently seen on TV, Walking Football has taken off in the Rochdale Borough - everyone is welcome to come and give it a try. Whether you are returning from injury, want to get fitter or just want to play the game you love again - just at a slower pace.

All our sessions are run by FA qualified coaches, with a mix of games and skill training in a friendly environment.

Tuesday
Venue: Littleborough Sports Centre
Time: 10am-11.30am
Cost: £2 (includes tea & coffee)

Thursday
Venue: Rochdale Leisure Centre
Time: Class 9am-10am & Session 10am-11am
Cost: £1.60

If you have any further questions or require more information please contact Paul Gardner.

Tuesdays 3pm-3.45pm

Come and join us to relax whilst improving your general health and wellbeing, followed by a cup of tea and a chat. Session is supported by friendly and qualified staff. Dementia friendly. Starts Tuesday 6 June 2017.

No booking required. Cost £2.65 carers are free. For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Venue: Heywood Sports Village

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Pictured are Val Exley, Sue Reed-Roberts and Audrey Simpson, three of the volunteers for the Functional Fitness and Gentle Exercise sessions, who have all been trained in Functional Fitness and moving and handling.

If you are interested in volunteering to help in the healthy lifestyles programme, or have any further questions please contact Paul Gardner.

What should I wear? You should wear loose fitting clothing and flat comfortable shoes or trainers.

What should I bring with me? You should bring a drink of water.

Can I bring someone with me? Yes you can bring along a family member/carer. Just speak to the instructor prior to the class starting.

People with a wide range of long term conditions attend our classes:

  • Mobility and balance issues
  • Back pain
  • Diabetes
  • Lung conditions (Asthma, COPD)
  • Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS
  • Arthritis and mobility problems
  • Cancer
  • And many others

We have seen great improvements made in participant’s health and wellbeing since starting on the classes. Link to stories

Classes are designed to improve: balance, mobility, co-ordination, reactions, quality of life and improve your confidence when carrying out day to, day tasks so that you can maintain independence in your own home.

They can also help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight and can help you sleep better.  Our classes can also help you to maintain your independence and introduce you to new friends and enjoy social events throughout the year.

Other benefits include improvements in joint and muscle strength along with improved flexibility, which will make walking and getting out and about much easier.  Regular exercise has even led to a reduction in the use of walking aids, for some of our participants.

Rochdale residents who on purchasing a Link4Life Card on their first visit can access all classes at the reduced cost of £2.50. Classes are free for members of Link4Life.

For those living outside the Borough or do not qualify for the extra card is cost is £3 a session.

Yes. The classes are specifically designed for all levels fitness and abilities. Our qualified instructors will ensure you are signposted to the class that will best fit your individual needs.

The instructor will speak to you before you start the exercises and ask you to work at your own pace and rest if needed at any point.  The classes are low impact and are based around day to day activities i.e. reaching, walking on uneven surfaces and general mobility, all aimed at improving your overall fitness as well as your general wellbeing.

Inspirational stories from the Healthy Lifestyle Programme

Here you can read about real people who participate in the Healthy Lifestyle Programme - all stories are genuine and are by our actual participants.

You`re never too old to keep active

John is well into his 94th year and is very happy to have reached this age and to be fit and well.

John told me that he always keeps a positive outlook on life and tries to get out of the house as much as possible during the week. He is a regular member of the carers choir in Rochdale and also attends two functional fitness classes at Middleton Arena each week.

John served in the British Pacific Fleet as a naval fighter pilot during WWII and recalls those months at sea fighting the Japanese in Okinawa and Japan.

John says the people and instructors are great and he tells me that a chat after the classes with a cup of tea makes the sessions even more enjoyable.

John is very inspirational to all those who attend and he is proof that  “You`re never too old to keep active”.

Having  attended the exercise at Middleton Arena for over 18 months, he greatly appreciates the company of other older folk and the benefit of the exercise.

Paul Gardner

Picture: John Maybank with Shirley Waller & Paul Gardner

It is difficult, in a few words, to describe how much life has improved for me and many of my friends due to Walking Football. 

I saw a clip on BBC TV, some two and a half years ago, and within minutes I had arranged my first session with Paul Gardner of Link4Life, who had developed it in Rochdale in liaison with Rochdale AFC and other organisations including the Stroke Association.

Two training sessions each week are supported by Keith Hicks, who is Head of the Community Trust at Rochdale AFC and he provides professional coaching from his staff. 

Soon our club was representing our town in local and national competitions and after discussion with Keith, we adopted the club name of Rochdale AFC Strollers (if you wish, you can search our name on ‘Facebook’ to see all details of our activities)

We have entered many tournaments over the last couple of years and managed to win a few, including a recent one at Wigan and a few months ago at the wonderful Macron Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers.

Steve with his Rochdale AFC teammates at the finals of the peoples FA CupWe have also had some success in the F.A. Peoples Cup, reaching the finals in 2015, and we have also taken part in the Football League national competitions for the last two years.

Again, due to our close relationship with Rochdale AFC we have had the privilege of playing demonstration games at half-time, on the pitch, at Fleetwood’s Highbury  Stadium and Rochdale’s Crown Oil Arena, in front of crowds as large as 6,000. The reception we received from the crowds was amazing!

My health and weight has improved due entirely to my involvement in Walking Football.

All of this is wonderful of course, but maybe the significant issues to me has been the pure joy of playing the beautiful game again, something I thought was lost to me many years ago, and the many close genuine friends I have made through Walking Football. 

I will not be hanging my boots up again, any time soon!

Steve Colesby, aged 71

My walking football journey started in 2015 with an invitation from Paul Gardner at Link4Life to experience the above.

Since starting to play I have gained immeasurable benefit from like-minded individuals who want to re-kindle their enthusiasm for the beautiful game, albeit at a slower pace. Having thought my playing days were over it has given me a second chance to experience the competitive edge of football and given me the opportunity to interact with new individuals and make new friends. Not only has it enhanced my fitness regime but has become an integral part of keeping healthy by increasing stamina,self-confidence and is definitely a stress buster. When I joined little did I realise I would be part of a wider football community, playing under the banner of Rochdale F.C. and experiencing the thrill and prestige of playing both at Rochdale and Fleetwood on a match day in front of a welcoming crowd to showcase the benefits of Walking Football to the over 50's.

A special mention should be made of Keith Hicks and his team of young community coaches from Rochdale F.C. who have supported and encouraged us on our journey, and also Paul Gardner who has arranged for us to compete at National and local tournaments and given us the belief that it doesn't matter how good you are as long as you are willing to try!

In concluding, it is a pleasure to be part of a group of like-minded individuals and anything that challenges social isolation and promotes good health, long term enthusiasm for exercise and friendship, can only be good for our generation of over 50's 60's and even 70's. 

Michael Krylyszyn, aged 63

Accessible Active Recreation

Click on the image below to view or download the digital booklet.

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Contact

Paul Gardner
Programming Manager Health & Wellbeing
Telephone: 01706 926235
Mobile: 07890 250655
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Downloads

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