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'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 65+ 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 activities such as: mens circuit classes, walking football, seated strength & balance classes, 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

Generation Gains Activity Timetable






Walking Football Monday Croft Sports Centre 10am - 11.30am Please note this session will not be delivered on Bank Holiday Mondays.
Otago Programme Monday Link Centre 11am-12pm Run by Swindon Borough Council. Please call 01793 465513
Senior Club Activity Session Monday Link Centre 2pm - 3.15pm Please note this session will not be delivered on Bank Holiday Mondays.
OTAGO Programme  Wednesday Haydon Centre & Gym 12pm - 1pm (Run by Swindon Borough Council) - phone 01793 465513
Walking Football Wednesday Haydon Centre & Gym 1pm - 2.30pm  
Senior Club Activity Session Thursday Link Centre 2pm - 3.15pm  
Senior Club Activity Session Friday Haydon Centre & Gym 11.30am - 12.45pm  
Recreation Session Friday Haydon Centre & Gym 11.30am - 1.30pm  


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. 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.

Monday: Croft Sports Centre 10am - 11.30am

Wednesday: Haydon Centre & Gym 1pm - 2.30pm



Recreation Session

This session is at Haydon Centre and Gym on a Friday between 11.30am - 1.30pm.

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 )

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Senior Club Activity Session

Strength and Balance

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.

Monday: Link Centre 2pm - 3:15pm

Thursday: Link Centre 2pm - 3.15pm

Friday: Haydon Centre 11.30am - 12.45pm



Otago Session

Strength and Balance session

This session helps improve strength, balance, mobility and stamina.

*This session is co-ordinated and ran by Swindon Borough Council's Wellness Team.

Monday : Link Centre 11am – 12pm Studio 2

Wednesday: Haydon Centre and Gym 12pm - 1pm

Eligibility confirmation and places need to be booked in advance on 01793 465513.


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.


Leigh- Assistant Project Co-ordinator

"I started on the project in June 2019. I have just completed a degree in Sports Development and Coaching. Prior to university, I worked in the leisure and fitness industry, gaining my level 2 fitness instructing and level 3 personal training diploma. I also have experience of working in outdoor education. I enjoy trampolining and used to coach and compete locally and for my university"  

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Apprentice- Travis

"I have just finished college doing Sport and started my role as a Generation Gains apprentice in July. My favourite thing about the project is meeting new people and I enjoy teaching walking football as I played football for 11 years".

Apprentice- Danielle

"I went to Churchfields Academy school and there I was sports role model for my school in year 11, in this role I would help the teachers set up after school sports classes and help teach them different skills in different sports. I also have played football since I was  6 years of age and played for Swindon Town in the community and went to Sweden to play at the biggest youth tournament ever. After I went on to play for Swindon town ladies football team".