Key Facts

  • Running in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Sheffield and Stockton-on-Tees
  • Sporting Chance gets men aged 50 and over out of the armchair and into better health.

Bored or at a loose end? Want to get off the sofa, get active or make new friends? Then Sporting Chance is for you!

These weekly sports and social activities for men aged 50 and over are run by our friendly band of volunteers. There’s something for everyone – no matter what level of fitness – from walking football to healthy cooking classes, reminiscence sessions and much more.

“ I never thought I would play football again, the game I love and have played all my life; I’m back into it again”, Sporting Chance Participant

People already taking part have discovered they ‘get out more and have lots of new mates’ as well as fantastic benefits including weight loss, improved mobility, less medication, better mood, and an increased sense of wellbeing.

It is easy to get involved; just give us a call or drop us an email and come along and see what’s on offer. If you’re feeling unsure, our friendly band of volunteers will make sure you’re given a warm welcome!

Get in touch today.


COVID-19 Response Programme

Our COVID-19 Response programme includes projects operating on a local and national level, with new roles to support the community during the pandemic.

Sporting Chance

Sporting Chance invites older men to join in activities and exercise groups from walking football to arm chair exercise, Aquasize to reminiscence sessions.

Sporting Chance – Rhondda Cynon Taf

Sporting Chance supports men aged 50+ to keep active both physically and mentally and creates a strong community to reduce loneliness in volunteers.

Sporting Chance: Jeff’s Story

Jeff has suffered from mobility issues for years, and found his health issues made him feel quite low. But through volunteering with Sporting Chance he has felt more confident and outgoing.

Volunteering Matters chosen as Charity of the Week by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

  Volunteering Matters is this week’s players of People’s Postcode Lottery Charity of the Week. We feature on their website here. Every year thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, tens of thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in communities across England, Scotland and Wales benefit from the support of Volunteering Matters. Our partnership … Continued

International Day of Older Persons

The 1st of October marks the International Day of Older Persons and we’d like to take the opportunity to celebrate the 8,700 older and retired people who share their time and talents each year by volunteering with us.

Sheffield over 50s given a Sporting Chance

Sheffield over 50s were joined by special guests including Anne Murphy, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield at Longley Four Greens Community Centre this week to celebrate the launch of Sporting Chance.

Sporting Chance group star in video to combat loneliness

Middlesbrough’s Sporting Chance group star in a film that forms part of a national campaign to expose the growing crisis of loneliness and encourage people to take action to overcome the problem as part of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.
Sporting Chance stockton-on-tees new project

Sporting Chance arrives in Stockton-on-Tees

Sporting Chance, our innovative project that addresses social isolation and poor physical and mental health amongst men aged 50+ in Middlesbrough, has been replicated in Stockton-on-Tees.

Sporting Chance hit the big screen

Sporting Chance, a project for men over 50 in the Middlesbrough area became film stars for the day when Leanne from Button Media Management came down to create a great new promotional video for them