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Active Ageing

Over 60? Stay young and keep agile with our Active Ageing Programme.

Active Ageing Membership

To be part of the Active Ageing Programme you must have an Active Ageing membership.

Please ask for an Application Form at a centre, you will need proof or your date of birth the first time you apply. You will be issued with an Active Ageing membership card entitling you to Active Ageing and concession prices as applicable.

The Active Ageing Programme is part funded by South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and Public Health Agency.

Gym Exercise and Active Ageing Times

Our gyms have equipment suitable for gentle exercise, particularly the BIOCIRCUITS at Ards. Qualified instructors are always on hand to give help and advice. A reduced Active Ageing price is available for the gym at the centres at the following Active Ageing times:

Ards Blair Mayne at 11am to 2pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Comber Leisure Centre at 11am to 12 noon on Monday, Tuesday and Friday

Portaferry Sports Centre from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday

Exercise Classes

Why exercise alone? When you join a fitness class, all you have to do is turn up, follow the routine and enjoy the craic! Plus you'll have a fitness coach on hand throughout, offering encouragement and keeping an eye on everyone's technique, helping to avoid any injuries.

Some classes are better suited to Active Ageing such as:

  • Tai Chi
  • Chair Aerobics
  • Gently Does It
  • Pilates
  • Water Aerobics

Ards runs an Active Ageing class and Comber a Chair Aerobics class, both are chair based, limited movement exercise classes exclusively for those aged 60 and over.

Exercise classes for Active Ageing members.

Please ask at the centre for current Active Ageing class timetable.


Swimming is a great way to exercise as water supports the joints, and is kind to the body whilst increasing cardiovascular fitness and strength.

Bowls, Walking and Pickleball

All the activities are available at the centres during normal centre opening hours unless otherwise stated.

  • Comber Bowls – Wednesday 10am to 12 noon
  • Comber Walking – Friday 10am

Pickleball is also available during centre opening hours at Ards

Active Ageing Prices

Active Ageing Prices at Ards

Active Ageing Prices at Comber

Active Ageing Prices at Portaferry