Holm Court Care Home in Kesgrave is celebrating after winning the inaugural Suffolk Care Home Olympics.
The competition saw seven care settings compete in three sports (Boccia, fishing and curling) over a six-week period during August and September.
Delivered by Suffolk social enterprise Elatus Sports, and supported by Suffolk County Council’s Most Active County programme, the purpose of the initiative was to give care home residents a fun and enjoyable experience of sport while also highlighting the importance of physical activity within social care settings.
Points were awarded in each sport with the cumulative total determining the overall winners. Holm Court triumphed in both Boccia and fishing ahead of Barham Care Centre and Mildenhall Lodge Care Home respectively. The curling competition was won by Uvedale Hall Care Home in Needham Market who beat Mildenhall Lodge into second place. In the overall competition Holm Court triumphed by just one point over runner-up Uvedale Hall.
Matt Abbott from Elatus Sports said:
“Holm Court looked to have in the bag with first place finishes in Boccia and fishing, but stumbled in the curling, very narrowly clinging on to the title. An incredible curling result from Uvedale wasn’t quite enough to pinch the victory overall having to settle for being agonisingly close runners-up.”
Joy, 87, from Holm Court said:
“It made me feel younger – took me back to my school days!” Jean, 84, from Mildenhall Lodge commented: “It has encouraged me to do more exercise, even when sitting down and has helped me with my mobility.”
Suffolk County Councillor Terry Clements, said: “The physical, psychological and social benefits of activity for older people, including frailer, older people, are well established. However, levels of participation decline with age and, amongst the older population, are worryingly low. With Suffolk’s older population expected to rise significantly over the next 15 years, initiatives like this are really important to our ambition of becoming the most active county in England.”
Peter Turner from Holm Court said:
“We are delighted to have become Suffolk Care Home Olympic Champions! We all really enjoyed the competition and look forward to defending our title next time round.”