Residents in care homes across Perth & Kinross have been getting into the swing of golfing activities ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup this weekend.
The Perth & Kinross Care Home Activity Network (CHAN), which involves NHS Tayside, Perth & Kinross Council, Perth & Kinross Live Active Leisure and staff from care homes in the area, was keen to give care home residents the opportunity to get involved in the lasting golf legacy created by the world-renowned competition at Gleneagles.
Care home residents got the chance to enjoy ClubGolf activities as part of the Go4Gold Games Challenge programme, where they spent time training in a range of sporting activities before competing in a challenge event.
ClubGolf provides a fun introduction to the game using colourful, specialist golf equipment. The activity can be played by all ages, outdoors or indoors and has a number of different targets using both putters and chippers.
ClubGolf Scotland provided support, advice and training to care home staff and volunteers on how to use the specialist ClubGolf equipment.
Several care homes and local schools in Perth & Kinross have also been taking part in inter-golf care home versus school competitions.
Perth care home residents and their carers were recently invited to a civic reception for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles where care homes were recognised for their efforts in creating a lasting legacy for golf.
Perth & Kinross falls service manager Carolyn Wilson said, “Golf and putting is an activity which many residents have participated in during their life and is enjoyed by both men and women.
“The Ryder Cup being hosted at Gleneagles this year provided an outstanding opportunity for residents to be part of the sporting legacy that will be created across generations and communities.
“ClubGolf was enjoyed by many residents and the activity supported residents to increase their physical activity levels in a fun and meaningful way.”