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Local residential groups compete to celebrate Active Ageing

Published on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

Over 55 people turned out for the event, with support from local Ward Member, Bill Hancox and the Mayor, Councillor Chris Watkins and his wife who presented the winning teams with trophies and medals.

Image showing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners


Teams from both NBBC Sheltered Housing Scheme and Private Residential housing took part in a range of physical and mental challenges for this year’s Active4Life Olympage event to highlight the importance of continued physical activity.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council’s Active 4 life and Housing teams partnered up Nuneaton Harriers Community Association with residents at sheltered accommodation venues from across Nuneaton and Bedworth to organise the event. Once again the Saunders Hall in Bedworth provided the venue for the competition which was held on Wednesday 26th September 2018.

Following a successful funding bid from Sport England to deliver the event, NBBC were able to contribute towards the facilities this year as well as provide equipment and exercise classes which were delivered at 10 sheltered accommodations across the Borough. Thus helping residents to continue participation in weekly sports and physical activity sessions.

Barry Longden, portfolio holder for Housing, Health and Communities said:

“It’s wonderful to see joined up working between Sports Development and Housing teams, it looks like everyone had a great time keeping fit as well as enjoying good company. The grant from Sport England of just under £10,000 has enabled this event to grow over the past two years and helps encourage our residents to increase their health and well-being. The partnership working with Nuneaton Harriers Community Association in successfully securing this grant is again a credit to all concerned.”

The teams prepared themselves for the games by utilising the equipment they gained from the funding. Participating teams included members from Conifer Court, Allwynne Freeman, The Poplars, Alderman Gee Hall, Reg Haddon, John Haynes, Oakwood and York Avenue. Competitors battled it out, head to head in a variety of physical and mentally challenging games such as; Boccia, Kurling, Baton Relay, Table Tennis, Short Mat Bowls, Archery, Target Throw, Dominos and memory games.

Eventually it was Allwynne Freeman who took the overall gold, with York Avenue a close second and third place going to Conifer Court. However, everyone who took part in the games can consider themselves a winner with some fine sportsmanship being displayed across the board.

NBBC portfolio holder for Arts & Leisure – Ian Lloyd said:

“It is fantastic that so many residents get involved and can enjoy this fun, competitive event which helps communities come together to take part in physical activity. We hope the success of this event will encourage more residents of the Borough to continue to be increasingly active and adopt a healthier lifestyle as they get older”.