The annual Care Home Games grand final has been held at the Beverley Leisure Centre.
organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service 16 teams from care homes across the East Riding to compete in the grand final.
Featuring players ranging in age from their late 40s to 97 put their Boccia soft bowls skills to the test.
The overall winner was Figham House in Beverley. They were delighted to take home the top honours.
Second place went to Claremont House in Beverley. The prize for the best t-shirt/outfit went to Queens Residential Home in Withernsea. While the prize for the best banner was picked up by Woodlands from Driffield.
John Skidmore, director of adults, health and customer services, said:
“It was a great day; everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the winning team members are very happy.
“Not only do the teams love competing in the games, but they also love practising for them as well.”
Ian Rayner, head of culture and customer services, said: “Boccia soft bowls is a sport that can be played by anyone. It is a very sociable activity which encourages friendships to flourish.
“It was great to see everyone working well as a team and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the participants during the event.”
Care Home Games A Brilliant Activity For Residents
Councillor Vanessa Walker, the portfolio holder for adult and carer services, said:
“The Care Home Games is a brilliant way for everyone to get involved, regardless of their physical abilities and age.
“As well as helping with exercise, this is also a great way to socialise in a friendly and fun environment.
“I thoroughly enjoyed attending the games and I would like to thank everyone who took part in and helped organise the event. I look forward to welcoming the teams next year.”
Sarah Johnson, sport and active communities officer at the council’s sport, play and arts service, said: “It has been a brilliant event and it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves.
“A lot of teams return every year. I’m pleased to see how excited they are when they arrive and how much fun they have when they are competing with other like-minded people.”
The chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Pat Smith, opened the event. She also presented the awards at the end with Jean “The Bee Lady” Bishop.