Release Date: 03-Jun-2013
Tenants from Denham Court retirement living scheme in Batley proved their competitive edge last week, when they took on a group of KNH staff in a sporting challenge.
The Wii bowling tournament pitted the retired residents against KNH caretakers from the Batley & Spen team in a replay of a 2012 competition, which was won by the caretakers.
The winning team from Denham Court
Spurred on by their loss, the residents have been practicing hard and had some outside help from volunteer Steve Yates. He started off by coaching them and ended up joining the team – but according to Steve, the residents were better than he was.
In the end, the residents beat the caretakers by a healthy margin of 1026 to 685. They were presented with their awards by housing officer, Fiona Green. Colin Jones was the high scorer of the match.
According to Colin, “It’s been a good, entertaining afternoon. This helps keep me active and I’d recommend it to anyone.”
Tenants in KNH retirement living schemes across Kirklees have been using games consoles since they were introduced in 2010. They have taken part in a number of inter-scheme competitions since then and the consoles are very popular with residents of all abilities and interests.
According to Carol Crossley, who manages KNH’s Older People’s Support Service, “Social activities for older residents are important as they help retain and improve both physical and mental health and well being.
“Having fun plays a big part in this, so these kind of events are a great way to help our older tenants live life to the full.”
Denham Court was represented by Colin Jones, Steven Yates, Beryl Croft and Rodger Newsome (pictured)
The Batley & Spen caretakers were represented by John Ellis, John Stubbs, Nick Lee, Keith Burgess and Sean Widdlesworth