Hi, I’m Ella, Co-Project Leader of Motion. Today I’m bringing you the highlights of Motion’s first Sports Day. Please bear with me as blog writing is something I have never done before!
Last Friday (3rd September) Motion held its first Sports Day at Hallamshire Care Home in Sheffield. The Hallamshire residents and staff are very close to our hearts as we have worked with them for several years so we looked forward to spending the day with them.
The idea for a sports day began with Vicky, the most amazing, and all-around lovely person who works incredibly hard as an activities coordinator at Hallamshire care home. She mentioned the idea and well, we ran with it! Although it was something that we hadn’t done before, we love a challenge and of course relished the opportunity to do something with our Motioners (Motion participants), that was fun and active. So, we began to plan the day!
Image 1: Motion Podium. Photo credit: Matty Robinson.
The planning went well and all that we hoped for was some nice weather (which is a big ask for the drizzly city of Sheffield in September). Nonetheless, the weather held out (phew)! We spent the day at Hallamshire, hosting a morning and an afternoon session. In the morning we had a small group of Motioners join us. We did an egg and spoon race, bean bag throw, played hoopla, and archery with lots of breaks for relaxation where we had some refreshments and some great conversations.
In the afternoon, to our excitement, we had a big group of Motioners join us (10 In total), 3 of which had already joined us in the morning but wanted to get involved in the afternoon fun too! With them we played bean bag throw, kicking the football as far as possible and many more fun activities as described for the morning session. We also borrowed a rowing machine from a local gym (shout-out to CrossFit Kelham) for Motioners to have a go at!
Image 2: Keith. Photo credit: Matty Robinson.
Now for the highlights…
- The rowing machine. 3 of the residents had a go on the rowing machine and it was just amazing to see how much they enjoyed it and how far they rowed (the furthest being 600? metres)! One of the residents, Keith (see image 2), went on in the morning and afternoon and said he would love to have one of the machines at home so he could go on it every day to keep active. We’re now working to make this a reality for Keith and the rest of the Motioners.
- The smiles. Our Motivators (instructors); Motioners; staff; and our cameraman, Matty; all had big grins on their faces all day long. Everyone got stuck in and had great fun.
- The awards. Handing out the medals and seeing the sense of achievement on the Motioners faces was brilliant. One of our Motioners, Edith, said she couldn’t wait to show her family her medal and tell them all about the day.
- The bean bag throw. There were some impressive throws, and some long distances recorded! It was very funny when everyone took to throwing them at Zeezy.
To conclude, The Motion Sports Day was a huge success! We all had fun, got active, connected with others, relaxed, had some healthy snacks and sure enough, slept very well Friday night. A great day for everyone involved and even greater benefits to our health!
Thanks for reading,