Nuneaton and Bedworth Olympage 2017
Published on Monday, 23rd October 2017
To celebrate Active Ageing and highlight the importance of continued physical activity, the Borough Council’s Active 4 Life Team recently partnered up with residents from sheltered accommodation venues for Nuneaton and Bedworth’s very own Olympage.
The event was held on Wednesday 20 September 2017, with sponsorship from event host, Saunders Hall Bedworth and Sport England, whose funding provided equipment and exercise classes at the ten sheltered accommodations, thus helping residents to continue participation in weekly sports and physical activity sessions.
Over 70 people turned out for the event, included friends and family of the competitors. The event was also supported by Cllr Chris Watkins, the Deputy Mayor and his wife, who presented the winning team with the trophy and medals.
Cllr Julie Jackson, portfolio holder for Housing and Communities said:
“It is wonderful to see the Sports Development and Housing teams coming together for the benefit of our residents. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time, enjoying good company as well as keeping fit.
“It is also great to hear that we were successful in securing Sport England funding so that we can continue with the event going forward. The grant from Sport England of just under £10,000 will enable this event to grow and encourage our residents to improve their health and well-being. The partnership working with Nuneaton Harriers Community Association to secure this grant is a credit to all concerned.”
The teams prepared themselves for the games with free taster sessions delivered by the Active 4 Life Team. Competing teams included Stan Williams, York Avenue, Conifer Court, Poplars, Alwynne Freeman, Reg Hadden and Oakwood. They battled it out head to head in games, including a variety of physical and mental challenges such as boccia, kurling, baton relay, table tennis, short mat bowls, archery, target throw, dominos and a memory game.
Eventually it was Poplars who took the overall gold, with Stan Williams a close second and York Avenue in third place; however, everyone who took part in the games should consider themselves a winner with some fine sportsmanship being displayed across the board.
Portfolio holder for Arts & Leisure Cllr Ian Lloyd said
“It is fantastic that so many residents are staying active by taking part in physical activity and enjoying a fun and competitive event. We hope this encourages more residents of the Borough to continue to be more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle as they get older. I would also like to thank Nuneaton Harriers Community Association and Everyone Active for their support on the day”.
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