Gateshead’s older residents get active

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

Residents from sheltered accommodation across Gateshead have been getting active at the third annual Boccia tournament.

The event, which is organised by The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council, took place on Wednesday 4 October at Gateshead Leisure Centre to coincide with International Day of Older Persons 2017.

The day saw attendees from the housing company’s sheltered housing schemes across the borough getting involved in a bit of healthy competition.

Boccia, a game similar to bowls, is ideal for all ages as it can be enjoyed by participants with a range of different physical ability levels.

The success of the first Boccia Cup in 2015 paved the way for a regular Boccia league that now runs across the housing company’s sheltered accommodation schemes.

The event was arranged by Gateshead Council’s GO Gateshead Sport and Leisure Team in partnership with The Gateshead Housing Company.

Older Persons Housing Manager Andrew Yates said: “Boccia is a great game to keep our residents active and mobile as well as being lots of fun. It’s suitable for those with limited mobility and can help improve balance.

“It’s great to see residents competing against those from other sheltered schemes and enjoying the social benefits of the game too.”

For more information about Gateshead Council’s GO Gateshead Sport and Leisure Team as well as how to get involved in the Boccia leagues, visit the Gateshead Sport website.

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

Photo: Gateshead residents with their medals at the Boccia tournament at Gateshead Leisure Centre. From left to right: Mel Churchill, Craig Tilley and Andrew Yates (The Gateshead Housing Company), Jean Charlton, Mary Shiell, Brenda Roy, Tom Brewer (AgeUK), Eileen Liddell, David Jeffers (Go Gateshead).

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