The home in New Road competed against six other county homes in everything from sitting volleyball and bean bag throwing to petanque, mini boccia and audio basketball over five days during the Olympics, and was presented with a champion’s shield this week.
Kate Scott, sport development officer for Leicestershire & Rutland Sport, which organised the games, said residents and staff of Moat House fully embraced the spirit of the competition.
“The teams clearly enjoyed taking part in the activities and certainly were very competitive,” she said. “It was great to hear a couple of the ladies say that since doing the activities, they had felt their fitness improve, which is definitely one of the aspects this programme aims to address. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”
Home manager Nicky Hall said Moat House residents were over the moon. “They gave it their all and their efforts paid off,” she said. “It’s almost like they have won the Olympics.
“The Twilight Games is a fantastic concept and one which we benefitted enormously from.”
As a pilot initiative funded by Sport England, Leicestershire & Rutland Sport (LRS) has developed the inaugural games’ specially adapted programme to enable older generations in care settings to participate in sporting events, whatever their level of ability and mobility.