Sudbury care home crowned Olympics champions
Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 10:05
Red House Residential Home in Sudbury has been crowned 2019 Suffolk Care Home Olympics champions after beating 38 other care homes from across the county to the title.
The annual competition, now in its third year, aims to give care home residents a fun and enjoyable experience of sport whilst highlighting the importance of physical activity within social care settings.
428 residents in 39 care settings across Suffolk competed in 3 sports (Boccia, fishing and curling) for a total of 239 hours over the winter and spring months with the top three homes then competing in a 'super-final' to decide the outright champions.
Chilton Court Care Home, Stowmarket and Haughgate House Nursing Home, Woodbridge were runners-up to Red House.
Sian Brown, activity co-ordinator at Red House, said "taking part in the Suffolk Care Home Olympics has been so much fun. Our residents have loved being part of it and to be overall winners is the icing on the cake."
"The residents said that being able to participate in the Games made them feel younger. Since taking part we have purchased our own Boccia set and now play regularly."
Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for Public Health and Prevention, said "Whilst the competition is a lot of fun, the key message is that regular physical activity has a positive benefit no matter what age or stage of life you're at."
"The Chief Medical Officer is very clear that older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits, including maintenance of good physical and cognitive function. Some physical activity is better than none, and more physical activity provides greater health benefits."
Edna, 83, one of the Care Home Olympics participants said "I wasn't able to do as much as everyone else, but I felt included. I really enjoyed seeing my friends do so well – it brought us closer together. We all worked together and had such a laugh."
Pam, 74, added "I have loved every minute of it. I hadn't heard of curling before, but it's brilliant and I've made some new friends".
Matt Abbott from Elatus Sports said "it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with so many care homes that really understand the physical, mental and social benefits that their residents gain from being active".
It's also nice to see that many of the homes are continuing to play the sports after taking part in the competition and in doing so contributing to Suffolk's ambition of becoming the most active county in England."