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SGS coaches help care home residents to get physical

Sports Academy coaches from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College have been providing care home residents with weekly physical actives.

The partnership, between the College and Bamfield Lodge Care home in Whitchurch, has been created as part of the Sports Academies community programme which aims to help the local community where needed.

As a nation, we have an ageing population, with 42 per cent of people aged 55 and over classed as inactive compared to 29 per cent of the population as a whole. Research shows that as people get older, they are far more likely to be inactive and do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. 
SGS are providing weekly table tennis and other activities for the residents, contributing to reducing inactivity but also enhancing the lives of care home residents.  Coaches are also going to be working with the care home to provide a programme of activity for their residents with Dementia to look at the impact sport can have.  

College Sport Maker, Ali Chodkiewicz explains: “This partnership is still very much in the early stages of the programme, and we are very reliant on the care home staff to support our coaches with their delivery, as this is a very different area of work for us.  This potentially is a great partnership for us as a college, as it can provide work experience opportunities for our learners as well as providing the residents of the care home the opportunity to take part in physical activity and sport.” 

The care home manager Shaun Cooper said: “Our residents at Bamfield Lodge Care Home have proved that you’re never too old to learn something new and thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon table top table tennis. The residents were enthusiastic to compete against one another in participating in this new experience. Some of our residents played tennis and badminton in their youth and by participating in this activity brought back many fond memories and they are looking forward to the next sporting session. The college has provided the residents with this new opportunity and we look forward to their next visit.  At Bamfield Lodge, it is important that we make every moment matter and would like to thank the College for sorting it for us to have fun filled afternoon and loving every day."