Bridging the generation gap

Boccia tournament held in celebration of Older Peoples Day, held st Minsthorpe college.'94 year old Emily Harper.'h6622a141

Boccia tournament held in celebration of Older Peoples Day, held st Minsthorpe college.'94 year old Emily Harper.'h6622a141

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A SPECIAL boccia tournament helped mark Older People’s Day at Minsthorpe Community College.

Around 70 older people - the oldest aged 95 - took part in the event held at the college last Thursday.

It was arranged by the Wakefield health and wellbeing team in partnership with Age Concern Wakefield.

And students from the college got involved too, helping to organise the tournament and referring games.

Boccia is a chair-based team bowling activity suitable for all ages and ability.

The popularity of the sport was swelled over the last 18 months, with 45 teams starting across the Wakefield district.

Health and development worker Dan Eades said: “The event was a great success and it was fantastic to see the college pupils getting involved and taking charge of the tournament.

“They had boccia training beforehand and it was a bit of role reversal for them, with the kids in charge.

“There are a lot of barriers between older and younger people and intergenerational events like this help break them down.

“Since we started boccia people have really taken to it and we have held two similar tournaments in Knottingley and Wakefield.

“The tournament was held to improve people’s health and get them active.”

To find out more about boccia clubs in the area, contact Mr Eades on 01977 705473.