Sport Bay of Plenty

Strength & Balance Classes

Sport Bay of Plenty is starting an exciting new project, funded by ACC, which will look at creating access to approved community group strength and balance classes across the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty for older adults.

Why strength & balance classes?

Research shows that older people with muscle weakness, balance issues or mobility limitations are 3-5 times more likely to fall in any one year than those without these problems. There is also evidence that community group strength and balance classes can reduce falls by 29%.

Falling over and losing your strength and balance shouldn’t be considered a natural part of ageing. Improving your strength and balance is considered to be one of the most modifiable risk factor with regards to having a fall.

It all comes down to ‘use it or lose it’ and the classes that Sport Bay of Plenty plans to coordinate will involve simple but effective exercises that will improve leg strength and also challenge participants balance in a fun and safe environment.

We need you!

If you know of someone that has trouble getting out of a chair without using their hands or struggles to stand on one leg then they could greatly benefit from coming along to a strength and balance class.

Sport Bay of Plenty wants to see numerous strength and balance classes available in all communities (big and small) around the Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty.

To do this we are looking at training up volunteers, exercise instructors, community groups, church groups, activity coordinators or residents at retirement villages in how to lead strength and balance classes.

If you are interested in offering a strength and balance class in your community or if you would like to be trained up as a strength and balance instructor, get in touch with Jen Riley, Community Strength and Balance Project Leader, on 027 419 0067 or email

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