Our main collaboration partner in this program is the Senior Academy. M.E.S.E adjusted its tennis program to the Senior Academy ideology and initiative.
Significance and background of this program (source: Senior Academy)
Hungary belongs to an aging society. There is a low birth rate and the life expectancy of people shows a growing tendency. There will be soon more people who will be 50+ years old, than younger people. In order to address the needs of these people, we designed a program called Senior Academy of Physical Education. Old people or even elderly people are not getting due recognition by the society. They have to cope with age discrimination, lack of employment opportunities and alienation of family members that leads to loneliness. They need social spaces where they could gather with people of similar age and services that would address their needs and improve their quality of life. This is an important social responsibility that our initiative is prepared to carry. It promotes the interaction and communication between generations. The break down of generational dialogue and the stress caused by it are well known all European problems.
The aims of the program
Our main aim is to provide support to senior citizens through tennis, and improve their fitness mentally as well as physically. We believe in the power of tennis to promote harmony, community building and help in avoiding loneliness. The improvement of intergenerational dialogue and quality of life for elderly people is one of our main concerns. Tennis allows for great social circles to develop and as important as playing the game, is the beer which follows in our beautifully located bar.