SWANSEA



Physical Activity

Ballroom for Beginners

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Ballroom”

What we do:

You will learn enough to get around the floor in social foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, cha cha, rumba, tango and some popular sequence dances.  We also hold a Social Dance every few months for members & friends.  Contact us, using the link above to confirm a place as a male/female balance will be needed.

Meeting Area: Swansea Centre      Meeting Day: Monday AM

Bowls 1

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Bowls 1”

What we do:

The Monday PM group now has a few places. Our trainer ensures that new members learn the rules quickly with the correct flat footwear and after a practice session they join in their first “end” with other members.

We held our annual well attended and convivial "late Christmas" lunch in February at Sketty Hall

We have good quality bowls for players to borrow in the session and many members have their own bowls.

Members pay £1.50 per session to include refreshments

Thanks to all those who help with the setting up and tidying up after the sessions, in the true spirit of U3A, making the convenor’s job more enjoyable.

Meeting Area: West Cross      Meeting Day: Mondays PM

Bowls 2

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Bowls 2”

What we do

We meet to play bowls for 2 hours with a break for refreshment and announcements at about 11 o’clock.  We do not play in a league so there is no pressure on anyone.  We play simply for enjoyment, friendship and pleasure and it helps to keep us young, fit and healthy. 

We have had another successful year.  Our current membership is 28.  14 to 23 members attend each week with an average attendance of 17. 

We enjoy an Annual Lunch usually at The Gower Golf Club during March.  24 to 30 people attend. The food, venue and company are excellent.

We currently have a waiting list but if anyone would like their name added to the list, please e-mail as above.

Meeting Area: West Cross      Meeting Day: Tuesdays AM

Bowls 3

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Bowls 3”

What we do

The Wednesday PM Bowls Group is a new Bowls group and will be for both experienced and new bowlers. We have good quality bowls for players to borrow in the session and many members have their own bowls. Players need to wear completely flat shoes or slippers (no heel or pattern on sole) to preserve the mats. We will help new bowlers learn thebasic rules quickly and after a practice they can join in their first “end” with other members.

Members pay £1.50 per session to include refreshments

Everyone will help with the setting up before and tidying up after the sessions, in the true spirit of U3A, making the convenor’s job more enjoyable.

No meetings in July or August - We will restart after the summer break on Wed 14th September.

Meeting Area: West Cross      Meeting Day: Wednesday PM

Cycling Leisurely

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Cycling”

What we do

We will be going on leisurely cycle rides with plenty of coffee, lunch and tea stops.  The rides will be selected without huge hills and will allow cyclists to join in and leave at different stages.  We will try to cycle on cycle tracks and paths and keep road use to a minimum.  

All you will need to bring will be a roadworthy bike, any sort will do, some money and clothing suitable for the purpose.  A puncture kit. a few tools and a small first aid kit would be good.  A small rucksack with everything in will be needed unless you have a shopping or delivery bike with a basket.

Meeting Area: Various      Meeting Day: Mondays

Modern Jive

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Jive”

What we do:
Modern Jive is a stylish blend of Jive and Salsa, and can be danced to any music with a steady beat from 40s swing to modern chart hits. It is easy to learn, lots of fun and an extremely sociable way to keep fit.

The classes are taught in a friendly manner with a hint of humour. There is always time for a coffee break which turns out to be a very sociable affair.  We also hold a Social Dance every few months for members & friends. 

The classes have grown to over 30 in number and numbers are increasing every week.

Meeting Area: Swansea      Meeting Day: Wednesday AM

Nordic Skating

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Skating”

What we do:

Remember the fun you had roller skating as a child? Or maybe you never had the chance to.  Well now you have another opportunity! We meet every Monday evening and enjoy a good skate around.  There are always experts on hand to give tuition and help and all the kit can be borrowed. We are aiming to go out onto quiet flat ground to skate with Nordic poles when the good weather comes, too.

Meeting Area: Swansea Enterprise Zone      Meeting Day: Monday PM

Rambling

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Rambling".

What we do

U3A rambling provides an alternative rambling experience to the norm. Instead of racing through the countryside as the majority of rambling clubs, time will be allowed to enjoy the views and any other happenings on the walks.

Most of the walks will be about 6 to 8 miles. The start time will vary according to the meeting point and this will be notified on the website together with the type of walk, No of miles, difficulty and the grid reference etc.

The walks could include the valleys and the Gower  or the Brecon Canal and suggestions of future walks will of course be welcomed.

Adventure is the name of the game. We may in due course experience frightening situations such as facing escaped bulls or ferocious dogs in farm yards where the leader should be protected by the group at all times.

To see some photographs of the U3A Rambling Group please click here.

Meeting Area: Various      Meeting Day: Tuesdays

Short Tennis 1 & 2

 
To find out more about Group 1 (Thu), Email
To find out more about Group 2 (Fri), Email
With the subject as “Short Tennis 1” or "Short Tennis 2"
What we do:
We play Short Tennis. Short Tennis is an easy-to-learn tennis-like game played on a Badminton court with a low net, a short tennis racket (21” - as generally used by children) and a soft spongy ball. It is a good game for older people; it is great fun, and keeps you supple and active without being as hard on the joints as other racket games such as tennis and squash.  A number of courts are pre-booked and we can normally have additional courts according to demand.

New Members:
Over time Short Tennis has become increasingly popular, to the extent that sometimes we can end up with a number of people sitting out waiting to play, and in the extreme interfering with those who are playing.  Depending on the day in which you are interested, there may not be room for new members. We would therefore ask potential new members to first contact the appropriate convenors using the links above, when they will either be told to come along, or be put on a waiting list. For new members, we have a number of rackets which can be borrowed for the session.

Meeting Area: Swansea     Meeting Day: Thursdays & Fridays AM

Short Tennis (Tuesday)

 
To find out more about this group, Email
With the subject "Short Tennis Tuesday"
What we do:
This Group is currently full and is not taking on any new members.  
To go onto a waiting list, please contact the convenor using the link above.

Meeting Area: Swansea     Meeting Day: Tuesday AM

T'ai Chi 1, 2, 3 & 4

 
To find out more about the Monday Group, Email With the subject as “Mon T'ai Chi”
To find out more about the Tuesday Group, Email With the subject as “Tue T'ai Chi”
To find out more about the Wednesday Group, Email With the subject as “Wed T'ai Chi”
To find out more about the Friday Group, Email With the subject as “Fri T'ai Chi”

What we do

Tai Chi – ‘trains the whole person to arrive at a central equilibrium – a state of harmony and balance within oneself and with the world at large’. 

The popularity of this U3A activity, and of our Tai Chi tutor, has led the original large group to split into 8 smaller groups of 10 -14 people each. This allows us to have more individual attention from our expert instructor.  Please wear loose fitting clothing.

Each class begins with breathing exercises which help relaxation followed by work on a Tai Chi 'set' of movements which improve balance as well as mind and body co-ordination.  This can be challenging but, over time, their repetition can lead to a sense of well being and improve health.

Meeting Area: Sketty Park,      Meeting Day: Mondays PM, Wednesdays AM & Fridays AM 
Meeting Area: Cwmbwrla.       Meeting Day: Tuesdays AM

Walking

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Walking”

What we do

Come and join us for a 2 hour walk (or optional shorter stroll) followed by a pub lunch. You will be most welcome. The Walking Group meets at a prearranged location publicized on a Wednesday or obtained from the convener by phone. Watch this space Locations range from Pont Nedd waterfalls in the east to Rhossili in the west.

Meeting Area: Various      Meeting Day: Tursdays

Yoga

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Yoga”

What we do

I aim for a gentle, fun session (with serious intent, of course), that everyone will benefit from, and take into account and adapt for the age (and ailment) range of members. 

      • Stretches and warm-up exercises to release stiff joints and warm muscles ready for: 
      • Yoga postures – a variety of standing and floor exercises, modified for particular conditions and problems.
      • Breathing exercises – to improve general health and well-being
      • Finishing with a relaxation exercise to calm body and mind

         Suitable for all – beginners, continuers, returners.
Both Classes are now FULL.  Contact the Convenor (click 'Email' above)
if you are interested in being added to a waiting list.

Meeting Area: Sketty Park                      Meeting Day: Monday PM Thursdays AM.

Yoga (FOYD)
To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Yoga (FOYD)”

What we do

This group is closed at the moment but will restart week beginning 9th January 2018.

I aim for a gentle, fun session (with serious intent, of course), that everyone will benefit from, and take into account and adapt for the age (and ailment) range of members. 

      • Stretches and warm-up exercises to release stiff joints and warm muscles ready for: 
      • Yoga postures – a variety of standing and floor exercises, modified for particular conditions and problems.
      • Breathing exercises – to improve general health and well-being
      • Finishing with a relaxation exercise to calm body and mind

         Suitable for all – beginners, continuers, returners.  Contact the Convenor (click 'Email' above) 
if you are interested in joining the class.

Meeting Area:   Cwmbwrla                              Meeting Day: Wednesdays & Fridays AM

Relaxation, Yoga Nidra and Meditation
To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Yoga (Relaxation)”

This group is closed at the moment but will restart week beginning 9th January 2018.
The class begins with gentle stretches, breath work and a tense and release exercise to get us relaxed.  After that we begin the practice of Yoga Nidra - a form of guided deep, restorative relaxation.  Yoga Nidra lasts about half an hour, after which there is an opportunity for a short meditation practice of 10-15 minutes.

Although Yoga Nidra works best from a supine position, it can be done sitting on a chair if necessary.

If you would like to try this class, I have mats, but please bring a blanket if possible.

Meeting Area:   Cwmbwrla                              Meeting Day: Fridays PM

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