Older people in Kirklees catch the Olympic spirit

Release Date: 19-May-2011
Residents from several Kirklees retirement living schemes are getting ready for the 2012 Olypmics with their own, very modern version of the games.
The winning team, with the competition sponsors

The winning team, with the competition sponsors

On Thursday, teams from granges in north and south Kirklees took part in the final of the first event in the intergrange Wii Olympics. The event, which was organized by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) and the Council’s Altogether Better project, involved 16 residents competing in a Wii bowling tournament, cheered on by their supportive neighbours.

Those taking part had survived tough competition in previous heats to make it to the final. They were Lethal Lyn Royd from Linthwaite, Brooklands from Bradley, the Edale Terriers from Newsome and Denham Court from Batley.

Competition was tough as the residents had been practicing hard, but in the end the Edale Terriers took the trophy home, with Denham Court coming second.

Prizes were also awarded for

• Most enthusiastic team – Denham Court
• Best dressed team – Brooklands
• Most strikes – Margaret Moult, Lyn Royd, with seven strikes; Alan Roberts from Denham Court, came second, with six strikes

Other Wii sporting events are planned in the run up to the London games next year.

According to Carly Webster, KNH’s Older People’s Activities Coordinator, the aim of the day was to encourage older people to get and stay active: “Encouraging people to prepare for and enjoy a positive later life benefits all of us. And besides, it’s just great fun - everyone had a wonderful time!”

Colin Jones from Denham Court, agreed: “it was a delightful afternoon. It’s really brought us together and helped create a great team spirit. We were thrilled to bits to make it to the final!”

Carol Crossley, who manages KNH’s Older People’s Support Service, said: “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 we’re increasing the activities within all our schemes, bringing older people together and involving others in the wider community to bridge the generation gap and help our residents feel part of that community.”

Cllr Molly Walton, the Cabinet member responsible for Adults & Communities, said, “these kinds of events are one way that the council and partners like KNH can work together to improve older people’s health and wellbeing and help them live life to the full, which are key priorities for the council.

“The Older People’s Support Service does a brilliant job in organising these events and I am personally very grateful for the sense of wellbeing the team gives our older people.”

If you’d like to find out more about KNH’s Older People’s Service, please ring 01484 416444.