'Generation Gains' is a community engagement project which is funded by Zurich Community Trust in partnership with GLL. Our aim is to support and engage with socially isolated older people within the Swindon community using our leisure centres, shelter housing locations, care homes and community centres as an engagement point so that we may help improve the health and wellbeing of older people through activities, fun and socialising.

Generation Gains is about improving life skills and a great way of meeting new people, you will also get the chance to take part in new activities such as, 55+ Aerobics, Short Mat Bowls, coffee mornings and much more. 

Our Generation Gains team is based at the Haydon Centre and Gym

For more information on this project please email generationgains@gll.org

Walking Football

Walking football is a variant of association football that is aimed at keeping people aged over 65 involved with football if, due to a lack of mobility or for other reason, they are not able to play the traditional game. If a player runs then they concede a free kick to the other side. The manner in which walking football is played promotes cardiovascular fitness whilst producing the least stress on the body helping people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness level.

This slow paced version of the popular game is an ideal way to exercise and meet new people. Both men and women, over 65, are welcome to participate.


Recreation Session

Our first recreation session is on Friday's between 11.30am - 1.30pm at the Haydon Centre and Gym. Aimed at the over 60, this session is pay and play - *No booking required.

The session costs just £2.50 and will include the following activities:

  • Badminton
  • Short Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Gym (Gym induction must be completed before hand)

*Gym Induction start time 11.30am until 12.15pm (Please pre-book your Gym Induction by calling the Haydon centre 01793 721526 )

This session is the first of many that will focus on activities to engage with older members of the community, keeping them active and independent for longer regardless of their personal circumstances.

Senior club activity session

Our newest session will be starting on Friday 12th January at Haydon Centre and Gym.

The activity session will include fun activities that have a sporting element, working on improving balance and strength to help prevent falls in everyday life, improve the participants everyday life with mobility exercise.

This bring in the social element of belonging to a group and finding new acquaintances that could build into long term friendships.


building our activity programme

We are working hard with Swindon Borough Council's Living Well team to develop our programme. All new programmes will be detailed below:

Senior Activity Programme


Friday 11.30am - 12.45pm

Senior Club activity - balance & strength, mobility exercises, falls prevention. 

Coffee & Chat
12.15pm - 12.45pm

Haydon Centre and Gym £2.50
Friday 11.30am - 1.30pm

Recreation session - Badminton, Short Tennis and Gym session

Coffee & Chat 1pm - 1.30pm

Haydon Centre and Gym £2.50


We are working hard with Swindon Borough Council's Living Well team to develop our programme. All new programmes will be detailed below:

Project Manager - John Popowicz

34 years with Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service responsible for delivering community safety interventions and educational programmes to schools, volunteer groups, community groups etc to reduced the risk of being injured or dying in a fire or road traffic collision.

Extensive experience working with partner organisations sharing resources to achieved shared outcomes. My hobbies included walking, fitness training and rugby.

I have represented the English Fire & Rescue Service RFC, Dorset and Wiltshire RFC and Swindon RFC.


Project Co-ordinator - Wendy Humphries

27 years in Swindon leisure industry, 25 years of those have been based at the Link Centre, in those years I have covered different job roles from Lifeguard, Duty Manager to Health and Fitness Manager, still have strong links with the other Better centres in Swindon and Swindon Borough Council.



We have recently recruited five young people who will undertake a 12 to 15 month multi –skilled apprenticeship delivered by GLL College.

The five apprentices will work at all seven leisure centres in Swindon as well as working in the community at different venues across the Swindon Borough.

This will be a fantastic opportunity and they will acquire the knowledge, skills and qualifications to design individually tailored exercise programmes, provide safe and effective exercise instruction on all types of fitness equipment, the expertise to coach a group activity sessions to a variety of participants and the skills to confidently engage with older people and partner organisations.