Friday 15th September saw the Healthwise and Community Sport Teams work in partnership with Age UK and the Thame Community Physiotherapy department to carry out physical functional assessments, giving older people an idea of how their physical function compares to their peers. The event took place at Thame Town Hall from 9:30-12:30pm.

Functional Fitness MOTs test elements of active ageing such as flexibility, muscle power, balance, aerobic endurance and current activity levels and personal goals.

The MOTs took no longer than 30 minutes to complete and participants had the opportunity to discuss their strengths and weaknesses with a qualified physiotherapist.

39 MOT Fitness Tests were carried out during the 3 hour-event, including another 13 people on a waiting list, with another date to be confirmed. A massive thank you to everyone who attended the day, which also included a fitness MOT for the Thame Town Mayor.

Polly Wright, Healthwise Coorindator, said "The increased interest this year is evident that the older generation are becoming more aware of the importance of maintaining their Physical activity  levels. Using the  MOT as a guideline and providing personal scores brings home to participants how much more they can do, and encourages them to keep trying and working harder to improve”

If you would like to know anymore information about Functional Fitness MOTs, the Healthwise programme, or about how you can get more active at Thame Leisure Centre, please contact:

Polly Wright - Healthwise Co-ordinator (

Colin Williams - Community Sports Manager (