OlympAge Games provides a festival of fun sport for older people
15 December 2016
Over 200 people came together to enjoy a carnival of fun sporting activities at Bridgend County Borough Council’s innovative ‘OlympAge Games’ event in Cefn Cribwr last week, aiming to help older people and people with disabilities to ‘get moving’.
The Rio-inspired day at the Bethlehem Life Centre formed part of an initiative which has been introduced by the council in local care settings to help improve physical and mental wellbeing.
With support from Sport Wales’ Calls for Action programme and Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund, activity leaders have been visiting care settings and coaching local people on the importance of keeping mobile with a range of games and activities.
Groups from local care homes and day centres all entered teams in the OlympAge Games, with participants enjoying the chance to socialise and compete in events such as boccia, new-age kurling, basketball, target throw and bounce ball.
Over 50 Bridgend College Health and Social Care students were also on hand to support older people and disabled people taking part on the day.
Among those competing within the Cwm Calon Day Centre team were Ivy Vickers and Eva O’Shea from Maesteg. Ivy said: “We’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and the Bridgend College students have been marvellous!” with Eva adding: “I think it’s wonderful. All the games have been great, and we’ve had a brilliant time.”
Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, Councillor Phil White, said: “It was really pleasing to see so many people enjoying the activities and coming together.
“We’re very thankful to Sport Wales and Welsh Government for supporting us to bring the OlympAge programme back to Bridgend County Borough, and to all the partners who have made the event possible.
“We’re making great strides together in making the county borough age-friendly and inclusive, and are committed to giving older people and disabled people plenty of opportunities to be socially, mentally and physically active within our communities.”
Councillor White added: “Hosting this event is another step towards transforming our day centres and care homes to improve opportunities for those who use them.”
It is hoped that the OlympAge Games will now become an annual event.
Also in attendance at the OlympAge games event was the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, together with Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies, Deputy Mayor - Councillor Cherie Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help - Councillor Phil White and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations - Councillor Hailey Townsend.
For more information on the OlympAge programme, please contact the council’s Sport, Play and Active Wellbeing department on 01656 815215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org