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Triathlete helps launch cheerleading for over 45s

Triathlete Annie Emmerson helped launch a new fitness programme in Elephant last week – offering cheerleading to over 45s, writes Kirsty Purnell…

The weekly Silver Tuesdays sessions, at the  new Castle leisure centre, are coordinated by Silverfit, the charity which specialises in fun and sociable fitness for over 45s.

Sessions cost just £1 and participants can enjoy an hour of exercise, choosing between cheerleading or indoor cycling. Sessions start at 1.30pm.

Silverfit runs activities in eight London boroughs and they launched their first Southwark programme in 2004.

“We had a lot of people coming to the launch at the Castle,” said Zsofia Szekere, Project Manager at Silverfit, “We had Annie Emerson doing the cheerleading. People were really excited to see her.”

“We chose the cheerleading because it’s proven to be very popular. The cycling is great cardio and good for the joints,” she said. Zsofia highlights that Silver Tuesdays are about more than just exercise. “It gives people an opportunity to get together. People usually make friends at sessions and that’s why they keep coming back. It’s a social thing as well.” Silverfit run sessions at other venues in the week. More information can be found at


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