Care Home residents from across Rotherham sprang into action last week as part of the Care Homes Activity Challenge.
Almost 50 residents, aged up to 97, joined in a range of sporting activities at the event held at Silverwood Miners Welfare Centre in Dalton, Rotherham.
The event was organised by staff from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC)’s Rotherham Care Homes Service and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST).
Participants enjoyed activities such as darts, football, skittles, curling, boccia bowls and took advantage of a well-earned rest station from where the they could relax and spectate the other activities.
Harold Shaw, 90, from Athorpe Lodge, who achieved the highest darts score at the activity challenge, commented: “It has been wonderful to come to this event today. In my day I was quite the sportsman and played football for my local Scouts team. I even built my own car and kept a keen eye on motor sports.
“I am still very interested in sport – if there is a ball then I will enjoy it! I’ve really enjoyed taking part in all the activities.”
The event, put on for the third consecutive year, was made possible through RUCST ‘s association with Extra Time, part of the Football Foundation, which works across communities to promote health and wellbeing through sport.
RUCST has also delivered similar activities to the ones at the Care Homes Activity Challenge as part of the build-up to the event.
Rachel Dexter, Occupational Therapist, Care Homes Service at TRFT and one of the organisers of the event, said: “It’s great to see the residents and carers alike getting involved in so many activities. The benefits for older people engaging in activities are endless, both physically and psychologically.
“Our hope is that the care homes take back some inspiration to organise similar events in their own homes so that even more residents can enjoy days like this.”
Cllr Ken Wyatt, a TRFT Governor, attended the event and commented: “Today has been fantastic. The events are so dynamic and have been evidently enjoyed so much by the participants.”
The sporting activities were brought to an end with a lunch, followed by an awards presentation which brought further delight to attendees as they were each presented with a medal to mark their participation in the event.