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Older people find their ‘mojo’ at the 2017 OlympAge Games!

11 December 2017

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Photo: Participants enjoying the OlympAge games.

More than 100 local older people and people with disabilities took part in the ‘OlympAge Games’ sporting event at Bethlehem Life Centre in Cefn Cribwr recently, proving that age is just a number when it comes to being active!

Organised by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Prevention and Wellbeing department in partnership with Bridgend College and Sport Wales, teams from local community groups, care settings and day centres across the county borough channelled their inner ‘Mo Farahs’ to compete in a range of later life activities.

The games form part of a wellbeing initiative which has been rolled out in local care settings to improve physical and mental wellbeing. With support from Sport Wales’ Calls for Action programme and Older Persons strategy support,Activity Leaders have been coaching participants on the importance of keeping active with games such as bounce ball, new-age curling and basketball in the lead-up to the event.

Over 50 Health and Social Care students from Bridgend College were also on hand to support the older people taking part on the day, helping to reduce the generation gap and encouraging the development of age-friendly communities.

The event was supported by a number of young ambassadors from local secondary schools and also by young people who had taken part in the LEAD project to develop leadership skills.

Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, Councillor Dhanisha Patel who attended the event said: “The OlympAge Games was absolutely fantastic! Thankfully, it’s more focused on fun and friendship than competition - as I hoped it would be! It’s been great to see people enjoying the combination of exercise and socialising.

“Being involved in this programme provides an excellent opportunity for participants to improve their quality of life and increase their activity levels at a pace adapted to suit their individual abilities, whilst socialising with other people from similar settings.

“It’s great to see an event that brings different communities and generations from across the county borough together. The participants are really proud to represent their communities and have enjoyed interacting and having fun with all the other groups.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank 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 such a success. I had a thoroughly enjoyable morning and look forward to attending again next year!”

Minister for Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies and Daisy Cole, Director of Wellbeing and Empowerment, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales also attended the event.

Social Care Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies said: “It’s great to see events like the OlympAge Games taking place. It’s a fun way of encouraging older and disabled people to stay active.

“As well as fostering better physical health, this initiative helps improve the mental well-being of those involved by supporting them to be more socially active. It’s also great to see students from Bridgend College helping all those that took part in the games, bringing the generations together.

“So my message to older people across Wales is – take part in physical activities that you like and are interested in, and show people you’re not too old to go for gold!”

For more information on the OlympAge programme, please contact the council’s Prevention and Wellbeing department on 01656 815215 or email aypd@bridgend.gov.uk

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Photo 2: Participants doing the ‘Mobot’.

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Photo 3: (l-r) Dr Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health, Public Health Wales, Mayor’s Consort, Tudor Davies, Minister for Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies, The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough - Councillor Pam Davies and Daisy Cole, Director of Wellbeing and Empowerment, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

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Photo 4: BCBC Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, Councillor Dhanisha Patel with the Halo Ogmore/Court Gwalia group from Ogmore Vale.

Last Updated: 12/12/2017
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