Curling care home residents compete in their own Winter Olympics

Care Home residents try out curling at the community centre

Competitive care home residents have been getting into the Winter Olympics spirit with a community centre curling match.

Whilst PyeongChang plays host to the Winter Olympic curling teams, Barnfield and Holmewood care homes are having a match of their own as residents tried the sport for the first time.

The Chesterfield-based care homes, both operated by the Hill Care Group, organised the outing for residents Ronald Coats and Clive Wilkinson, from Holmewood, and Andrew Bailey, from Barnfield.

The match took place at Holmewood Community Centre, run by national charity Macintyre.

As well as competing with each other, they also played alongside the children and young adults supported by the charity.

Established in 1966 by Kenneth Newton Wright, the parent of a disabled child, MacIntyre cares for those with learning disabilities.

Viktorija Jakaitemne, activities coordinator for Holmewood Care Home, on Barnfield Close, said: “All three of the residents enjoyed the morning outing and both Andrew and Ron became competitive with each other during the curling match.”

Rachel Furniss, activities coordinator at Barnfield Care Home, on Heath Road, said: “Our resident Andrew has requested to go back to the day centre to take part in curling matches every Wednesday, he enjoyed it so much.

“It was also wonderful to hear the young adults who visit the centre are keen to visit both Barnfield and Holmewood care homes in future, when we organise our events and theme days.”