Sporting Chance is designed for men over 50 who are looking to improve their health and wellbeing, through engaging in activity and exercise groups, within a community setting.

Middlesbrough Sporting Chance was founded in 2013 under the guidance of Volunteering Matters and now has approximately eighty members from ages in the 60s to over 100.

Secretary Peter Ormerod says, “We encourage people of all abilities and also cater for men recovering from strokes or other disabling illnesses or accidents. We also help those suffering from mild dementia difficulties.”

Members enjoy activities such as aquafit and aerobics, all run by fully qualified fitness instructors. A donation of £2 is requested for attendance at events. Apart from that there is no membership fee. Middlesbrough Sporting Chance also organises a host of local walks, which are free to attend, that are led by trained walk leaders.

Peter adds, “In the past we went on coach trips to Leeds Armoury Museum, Eden Camp, Ellington Air Museum, Sunderland Glass Museum and Beamish to name but a few, and we’re hoping to resurrect the trips and social events as the pandemic is brought under control. If this all appeals to you and you are looking for a healthy social activity group why not try Middlesbrough Sporting Chance?”

Any man wishing to join should either turn up at one of the events listed below or contact Peter Ormerod by email at or telephone Dennis Callaby (Chairman) on 07410 987992 or email

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Regular activities include:

Tuesday Short Walks – a programme of over twenty short walks around the Middlesbrough and the Teesside area. Each takes about an hour, starting at 10am. There is always parking available and the walk is on a circular route with qualified walk leaders.

Tuesday Aqua Aerobics, Rainbow Centre, Coulby Newham, 8.05pm for 45 minutes with a fully qualified aqua aerobics instructor. This is usually followed by a short social get together in the Parkway Social Club.

Wednesday Aerobics and games session, Trinity Methodist Church, Acklam, 10am to 11am followed by thirty minutes for tea, coffee and biscuits.

Thursday Aerobics and games session, St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Marton, 10am to 11am followed by thirty minutes for social tea, coffee and biscuits.

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