Physical Activity
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Bowls 1

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

What we do:

The Monday PM Short Mat Bowls Group meets for 2 hours on a Monday afternoon, and is for both experienced and new bowlers. We always play for fun and friendship, and do not compete in part of a bowling leagueWe have good quality bowls for players to borrow in the session, although 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 the basic rules quickly and after a practice they can join in their first “end” with other members.

We are a friendly and convivial group, and everyone works as a team and helps with the setting up before and tidying up after the sessions, in the true spirit of the U3A.

Members pay £1.00 per session to include refreshments.

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

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 Bowls Group is 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 the basic rules quickly and after a practice they can join in their first “end” with other members.

Members pay £1.00 per session

Everyone works as a team and helps with the setting up before and tidying up after the sessions, in the true spirit of U3A.

We do have places available should anyone wish to join us 

Please contact the convenor, using the email link above, to join a waiting list.

Meeting Area: West Cross   Meeting Day: Wednesday PM

Cycling

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

What we do

We will be going on 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

Dance - Improvers Group

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

What we do:

This group is not for beginners, and should be recognised as a practice dance session only.

Meeting Area: Sketty Park.    Meeting Day: Monday AM

Dance - Social Group

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

What we do:

Enjoy a morning of mixed dancing and great company with lots of chat over a coffee or tea and a biscuits.  We provide ballroom, sequence, and jive dance opportunities with informal teaching from other friendly members.  Medical research has shown that dancing is a good activity to help keep your body and mind active so what's stopping you. 

Meeting Area: Swansea Centre   Meeting Day: Monday AM

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

What we do:

Laughter Yoga was developed by a Doctor in India in 1995. He realised that it helps lift your mood, reduces stress, strengthens your immune system, increases energy levels and improves your quality of life.  It involves unconditional laughter, breathing and youthful playfulness.  LY is a lot of fun. It's accessible for virtually everyone and within a few minutes you'll usually feel the health and mood benefits of laughing.

A LY session consists of gentle stretching, repetitive clapping and chanting, and eye contact.  You  don't need any previous experience ,nor do you need to wear special clothes or have any equipment (eg. yoga mat) . 

We are currently full and have a waiting list, we cannot accept requests to be added to the waiting list. However please check this site regularly as there may be changes in the future.

Meeting Area: West Cross      Meeting Day: Wednesdays AM

Pickleball

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

What we do:

What is it? - Click here.

Pickleball  is one of the fastest growing activities in America and the Mediterranean, it is also taking a hold in the UK with many clubs already oversubscribed and it can be difficult to get a court in some towns. Many u3a’s already have pickleball groups. This new group based at West Cross , has been set up with the aim of providing an easily accessible facility and the chance to play on a good quality court . The hall has the benefit of lots of free parking. 

We are currently full and also have a long waiting list so can no longer accept requests to be added to the waiting list.

Meeting Area: West Cross      Meeting Day: Mondays AM

Qi Gong

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


What we do: 

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese practice for wellness and wellbeing
Qi Gong is simple, easy to learn and can be done by everyone, at any age and fitness level.
There is overwhelming evidence to show that movement is the key to health. 
In Qi Gong we move gently and mindfully, breathe deeply to connect with our life force energy.

Meeting Area: Swansea   Meeting Day: Monday & Tuesday AM

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.

At the moment the group is full but I do have a waiting list, click the email link above to go on it.

Meeting Area: Various      Meeting Day: Tuesdays

Rambling Rovers

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

What we do:

The Rambling Rovers group meets on alternate Tuesdays to the Rambling Group. Our walks are usually between 7 to 10 miles long and are mainly circular although we do include the occasional linear walk utilising either The Heart of Wales train or local bus services. Our walks are within a one-hour drive time from the centre of Swansea. The walks are not rushed and we take time to enjoy the many splendid views and to stop at sites of interest. Start times are usually 10.30am but this can vary and the walks tend to last around four and a half to five and a half hours. For those members who wish, after the walk we stop off on the way home at a local hostelry to enjoy a coffee or a beer, and a chat.  

Various difficulties can be expected when rambling including slippery paths, steep gradients, rocky ground and mud, so good walking boots are essential as is good waterproof clothing (this is South Wales after all!). We typically stop twice during the walk for a coffee /banana break and a packed lunch.

Our walks take us on rights of way through farms with livestock, so we do not ever allow dogs. 

Meeting Area: Various      Meeting Day: Alternate Tuesdays

Short Tennis 1
To find out more about Short Tennis 1 (Thursday)  please email or email with the subject as “Short Tennis 1".

 
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 AM

Short Tennis 2

 
To find out more about Short Tennis 2 (Friday)  please email with the subject as "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  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: Fridays AM

Short Tennis 3

 
To find out more about Short Tennis 3 (Monday)  please email with the subject as "Short Tennis 3" .

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:
Due to the fact that we only have one court, we limit the number of players to 8 on any particular day such that you will play at least half the time. For this reason, members wishing to join the group should contact the Convenor using the email link above. At the moment we cannot take on any new members.

Meeting Area: West Cross     Meeting Day: Mondays & Thursday PM

Short Tennis 4

To find out more about Short Tennis 4 (Monday)  please email or email with the subject as “Short Tennis 4".

 
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: Mondays AM

Short Tennis 5

To find out more about Short Tennis 5 (Tues.)  please email  with the subject as “Short Tennis 5".

 

What we do:

We play Short Tennis. Short Tennis 

There is some space in our group for new members, please contact us, using the email link above, if you are interested.

Meeting Area: Swansea       Meeting Day: Tuesdays PM

Walking (Geriatric SAS)
To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject a
s “Geriatric SAS


What we do:

I run the same walk on two Wednesdays each month.  Members can choose which date they would like to attend. 

Walks vary between 6 and 11 miles, although most are between 6 and 8 miles and are undertaken at a relaxed pace on marked footpaths and minor country lanes.  I aim to make the walks circular from a car park and every attempt is made to ensure that a cafe or public house is near the start / end of the walk.

Walks are in and around the Swansea, Gower, Llanelli and Neath areas. Dates of the walks are advertised up to three months in advance.  Full details of the walk are advertised about 3 to 4 weeks in advance. I take the first 15 to respond on each date.

Meeting Area: Various   Meeting Day: Twice Monthly on a Wednesday

Walking - Team Rapido

To find out more about this Group, Email
With the subject as “Team Rapido

What we do:

A great deal of research has been carried out into the positive effects of fast walking, and the link between walking speed and longevity. Fast walking is generally accepted to be one of the most beneficial forms of exercise, with limited stress on the joints. Many people who walk largely for fitness reasons do so frequently and regularly on their own, but doing it as a group can provide additional motivation. 

If you are interested in getting together with others to enjoy fast walking, please get in touch using the email link above. Walks last approximately two hours and take place on suitable terrain. No special gear is required, apart from comfortable shoes.  We meet fortnightly on Monday mornings, and aim to have completed our walk by lunchtime.

Please note that these fortnightly group walks are conceived as a way of supporting the walking regime that participants undertake independently: they are not sufficient on their own.

Group walks are now suspended until the early autumn.

Meeting Area: Various    Meeting Day: Fortnightly on Monday AM

Walking with the inbeTweenies

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

What we do
These walks will be 5 – 6 miles long  ( 3-4 hours  ) and will sandwich neatly in-between our walking group that provides 2 hour walks and our rambling group that walk in the main between 8 and 9 miles.  The area we will cover will be based in and around the Swansea area but further afield too, for example Pontardawe, Clydach, Gwaun Cae Gurwen and further west at Llanelli, Burry Port and Ferryside.  We are planning our first walk in the second half of September.

These walks will be 5 – 6 miles long  ( 3-4 hours  ) and will sandwich neatly in-between our walking group that provides 2 hour walks and our rambling group that walk in the main between 8 and 9 miles.  The area we will cover will be based in and around the Swansea area but further afield too, for example Pontardawe, Clydach, Gwaun Cae Gurwen and further west at Llanelli, Burry Port and Ferryside.  We are planning our first walk in the second half of September.

The walks will be once a month on a Tuesday and will be advertised on the website .  Please note a reasonable level of fitness is required .  There will be uneven/hilly ground which can be wet and muddy.  Sturdy lace up footwear is required and walking boots/shoes a must on inclines and hilly terrain and when it is muddy underfoot.  Other examples of what to bring include a packed lunch, fleeces, waterproofs, sun hat and suncream and walking poles and gaiters if used.

Meeting Area: Various      Meeting Day: Tuesdays

Yoga

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

Unfortunately this group is not running at the moment as Chris, the Convenor, is not well.

What we do:

Group members will know that yoga classes are suspended for the time being.  Resumption of classes should occur in April 2023, and everyone will be contacted nearer that time.

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.
If anyone is interested in joining one of those classes, please contact the convenor in March.

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

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