Attendees enjoying some archery at the recent Senior Games

Care home residents are great sports at Senior Olympics


The competition was fierce at Ayrshire Athletics Arena for this year’s East Ayrshire Care Home Olympics!

The event, which was organised by East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Scottish Care, invited staff and residents from care homes across East Ayrshire to compete in a variety of sporting activities, including archery, basketball, football darts and bean bag bowls.

Our 2023 event was a great success and this year’s was no different! It was fantastic to see so many care home residents having fun together while being physically active.

Our competitors truly gave it their all and, after the games, enjoyed a well-earned buffet lunch, dancing and musical entertainment from The Music Box band.

The day was brought to a close with the eagerly anticipated awards ceremony, where the winning care homes were announced and trophies and medals were presented.

Taking home the gold was Glebe House Care Home, followed by Thorntoun Estate and Burnfoot care homes, who were awarded silver and bronze respectively.

However, congratulations go to all of our fantastic athletes for making the day so special – you are all worthy winners!

Arlene Bunton, East Ayrshire Independent Sector Lead at Scottish Care, spoke of the event’s success and its many benefits for care home residents:

“This is the second year we have run the Senior Olympics in East Ayrshire, and we are immensely proud of all care home residents and staff who attend, participate and enjoy these games. The level of competitiveness between our older adults is quite remarkable to see! 

“We all know how much physical activity and social engagement can benefit both our physical and mental health and these games demonstrate this perfectly. The feedback from care home managers was that their competitors returned home with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Long may the games continue!”