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Discussion Forum - LDWA ideas forum - ENCOURAGING NEW MEMBERS

Posted: Sat 27th Aug 2005, 17:53
As a new member and also new to the world of walking(other than to the pub), I find it ashame that some other members think that those over the age of 50 should be encouraged.
As a under30 member I enjoy trail running,orienteering as well,and find a lot of older people taking part, but they encourage young people to take part and advance in these sports.I find this level of surport from other walkers, but if more time was spent on getting the older people to join/take part, the whole long distance walking thing will be seen by young people as a old peoples sport/hobbie.And may be thats what some members want?
Author: Rebecca Lawrence
Posted: Thu 4th Aug 2005, 10:53
Joined: 2003
Local Group: Marches
I am surprised how few people actually know about ultra events such as the 100m. Could members get their local paper to produce an article on their efforts? Would make a brilliant BBC documentary following someone round the 100m course. Also by making some of the events 'runner friendly' would encourage younger people - running seems to be more fashionable to younger people with many races over subscribed.
Author: Michael Skuse
Posted: Fri 29th Jul 2005, 18:04
Joined: 1993
Local Group: Merseystride
Advertise for newly retired people as widely as funds permit. People retire in their 50's now, with plenty of money, bags of health, and are often at a loose end. Forget people under that sort of age - when you are busy with a job and a family, theres no time for hobbies that take a lot of time like LD walking and golf. People are always saying "where are the youngsters?" They are busy elsewhere. Membership could double if we concentrated on the 50-60 age group - especially if enquiries for membership were followed up by a personal invitation to try out a walk with the local group.
Author: Mike Buckley
Posted: Sat 11th Jun 2005, 0:12
Joined: 1989
Local Group: Heart of England
Put groups' next walk(s) on the open access page with a contact number.

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