Older people Go4Gold in Perth & Kinross

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Older people in Perth & Kinross took part in a care home challenge event to highlight the importance of physical activity.

Around 120 residents from 40 care homes and day centres across the region tried their hand at various games and challenges at the seventh annual Go4Gold event in Bells Sports Centre in Perth. The event, which is one of the biggest of its kind in Scotland, was designed around this year’s theme of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton.

The participants took part in various physical challenges including indoor kurling, golf throwing target, fishing for ducks, Indoor Quoits, and a golf putting challenge.

Each team was supported by carers, staff, and volunteers from the Rotary, Soroptimists, Tesco, Scottish and Southern Electricity, Perth College UHI, school pupils and other organisations.

Some of the other activities on the day included a warm-up session led by Perth College UHI, a games challenge, a tea dance and sing song after lunch with the Perth High School ceilidh band providing the music and singers.

In the weeks before the event, staff and residents from each care home also created posters for the poster competition reflecting a theme around the recent royal wedding.

Go4Gold was organised by the Perth & Kinross Care Home Activity Network (CHAN), which is a partnership between Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership, Live Active Leisure, the third sector and local care homes.

The event aims to increase physical activity levels for all care home residents in a fun and meaningful way.

During the weeks prior to the event, all the participants trained for and practiced the activities within their care setting to promote active living.

Each participant received a Go4Gold medal and certificate and trophies were presented for the overall winner, most enthusiastic team, best team name, best team identity and best poster.

Perth and Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership Falls Service Manager Carolyn Wilson said, “The Go4Gold event is a highlight of the care home year. It’s fantastic to observe the competitive spirit, enthusiasm and excitement created by all those taking part.

“Go4Gold demonstrates that everyone can exercise in some way and today we have seen a lasting legacy promoting physical activity. It goes to prove that even the frailest in our society can come together, participate in physical activity and above all have fun.”

Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Bernadette Malone, who officially opened the event, said, “Go4Gold is one of the highlights of the year for the residents of local care homes and everyone involved, including me. As we know, physical activity has lasting health and wellbeing benefits for people of all ages. The enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement of the participants is testament to this.”

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