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Care Home Games show age is no obstacle

The annual Care Home Games grand final was held at the East Riding Leisure Centre in Beverley, where older residents from the East Riding battled it out for the top prize.

The event was organised by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Sport, Play and Arts Service and enabled a total of 16 teams from care homes across the East Riding to compete in the grand final of the competition, which saw players ranging in age from their late 60s to 102 years old, put their Boccia soft bowls skills to the test.

Boccia soft bowls is a form of indoor bowls which can be played by people of all abilities, and is even included in the Paralympics.

To secure their place in the grand final seven regional finals were held in the East Riding with teams from Haltemprice (x2), Beverley, Driffield, Goole, Bridlington and Withernsea going through.

The overall winner was Woodleigh Manor from Hessle who were delighted to take home the top honours.

Ian Rayner, interim head of culture and customer services, said: “It was a great day; everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the winning team members are very happy. Boccia soft bowls is a sport that can be played by anyone and it is a very sociable activity which encourages friendships to flourish.”

Second place went to Cassandra House from Cottingham. The prize for the best t-shirt went to Woodleigh Manor from Hessle, while the prize for best flag was picked up by Queens Residential Home from Withernsea.

Sarah Johnson, sport and active communities officer at the council’s sport, play and arts service, said: “It has been a brilliant event and it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves. All homes also received a framed certificate and all participants received medals.