THE Alton Health and Fun Club is keen to sign some new recruits.

It was set up in 1978 by Bob Tedder, the first manager of Alton Sports Centre, to improve the quality of life for those aged over 50, “keep them out of the GP’s surgery” and have fun playing sport and socialising.

In 1983 the club featured as the role model in the National Sports Council’s 50-plus campaign, inspiring many other sports centres to set up health and fun clubs.

If you are aged over 50 and would like to take part in exercise classes, play a range of sports, use the gym, swim and enjoy social events, then the Alton Health and Fun Club is for you.

It meets at Alton Sports Centre every Monday and Friday from 9am, with a range of activities lasting into the afternoon. You can do as much or as little as you want.

The Everyone Active health and fun annual membership fee is £28.80, and each Monday or Friday visit costs £3.50.

A programme of social events is also organised by a committee.

This programme usually includes a theatre trip, skittles, a quiz, a Christmas lunch with entertainment afterwards, a summer event with food, drink and entertainment, and a five-day summer holiday each year.

A spokesperson for the Alton Health and Fun Club said: “We want to welcome more members, so why not come along to the Alton Sports Centre, enjoy some physical activity, have fun and socialise with like-minded people.

“All you have to do is come to the Alton Sports Centre on any Monday or Friday in March 2022 at 9am.

“The chairman, Geoff Gregg, and the vice-chairman, John Martin, will be pleased to meet you, show you the club in action and answer any questions you may have.”