TWELVE residents at the Glen Arun Care Home in Athelstan Way, Horsham, recently enjoyed a free table tennis session provided by Horsham District Council’s Leisure Link team as part of its Sport England funded Silver Pingers project.
Loretta, the home’s activity co-ordinator, raved about the session: “It was just great to see so many of our residents engaged by the activity and visibly enjoying it.
“Some of the participants don’t normally do the activity sessions we run.”
Owen was the star player of the afternoon. He had all the shots and was keen to profess that in his time he had played quite a bit in his younger days.
Doreen is a wheelchair user and normally watches fellow residents do activity sessions but once she got a bat in her hand she didn’t want to put it down.
Indeed she was one of the star performers against the TT robot when it came into play.
There were two Joans in the session and both did well, particularly enjoying the batskills section when the leaders brought out some sport themed mini-targets for the players to aim at and score points such as an archery target with a centre hole, a basketball post/net and cricket wickets.
Bella was another dab hand. She displayed strong hand eye coordination and scored heavily on the target games.
Lucy, Mary and Phyllis also applied themselves in great fashion and with smiles on their faces. Like everyone in the session they all improved as it went on.
Verbal group feedback suggested that everybody had had great fun and got a good physical workout from it.
The care staff keenly asked for another visit and such was the enthusiasm it was agreed to leave one of the tables at the home so residents could play under their own steam.
Next homes on the schedule for Silver Ping visits are the Henfield Day Centre and Valerie Court in Upper Beeding.
For more information about Leisure Link visit www.horsham.gov.uk/community/2678.aspx or email Leisurelink@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215640.