Game on for Gateshead’s older residents

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, Sheltered accommodation.

Residents from sheltered accommodation throughout Gateshead donned their best game faces as they competed in the fifth annual Boccia tournament last month.

Organised by The Gateshead Housing Company in partnership with Go Gateshead, the event took place on Tuesday 2 October to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Older Persons.

Boccia, a game similar to bowls, involves players taking shots from a seated position, making it an ideal sport for participants of all ages and physical ability levels.

This year, over 80 competitors from sheltered housing schemes across the borough took part. They were joined by staff and service users from Age UK and children from Parkhead Primary School, who helped to officiate and play a few games.

The day ended with a grand final between Mosspool and Joyce Close, with Joyce Close crowned as winners of the Boccia Cup 2019.

Older Persons Housing Manager Andrew Yates said: “Boccia can be enjoyed by residents of all ages and mobility levels, and playing it can really help to improve strength, balance and coordination.

It’s also a great way for residents to meet new people, get active and have fun”.

To find out more about the housing company’s services for older people, email the Sheltered Housing Team or call 0191 433 5356.

Photo: Residents of Joyce Close with the Boccia Cup after being crowned 2019 champions.