Carnival of sport for the golden generation

Sharon Ferrie leads the Zumba
Sharon Ferrie leads the Zumba
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Forget Brazil, it was Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre that became the recent venue for a glittering carnival of sport – that left participants feeling on top of the world.

In celebration of a summer of athletic endeavour, and in the build up to Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Celebration of Older Adults took place in Motherwell.

Organised through the Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP) programme, which aims to make independent and positive living a reality to growing numbers of older people, some 300 participants in their golden years turned out to shine.

With everything from walking football, Zumba and circle dancing, the day suitably culminated in a vintage tea dance for thirsty participants.

Event organiser Melanie Menzies, health and wellbeing manager for North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, said: “The overall aim of the event was to introduce many of the activities and groups that can ensure older people in the area remain connected to their communities.

“It was a great day of fun and laughter, with many other supports and services showcased too.”

Anne Craney from Uddingston enjoyed the activities on offer after taking up aqua fit and fit step classes earlier this year at the Sir Matt Busby Centre in Bellshill.

She said: “It was a fantastic day out. I started going to some of the lessons run by North Lanarkshire Leisure earlier this year to boost my fitness and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

“There is so much choice, I feel much healthier and I have met a whole new circle of friends.

“Our coach Annette is great fun and a real inspiration. I would definitely recommend the active age programme to others.”

Isabelle McKendrick from Bellshill added: “The event was great fun. There were so many activities going on and even though I didn’t take part in all the sports and classes, it was good to get a wee flavour of what they were about.”

Ruby Flanigan from Bellshill said: “This was a great way to learn about all the different activities on offer and, most importantly, do them at your own pace!

“The information stalls and fitness advice were first class and I hope we see more events like this in the future.”

NLL chairman Councillor Jim Logue was delighted to see so many people taking part.

He said: “Lanarkshire is abuzz with excitement with the Commonwealth Games almost upon us, and this outstanding event provided a great opportunity for some of our older residents to enjoy that atmosphere and get involved in physical activity themselves.

“There was so much going on for people to enjoy from taster classes, health advice, nutritional information to a host of beauty and pampering activities.

“Everyone who took part, and those who organised all the sporting activities and stalls, deserve a huge amount of credit for contributing to a great day’s entertainment.”

For more information on the Reshaping Care for Older People programme visit RCOP