Customers from our Avalon Care Home recently got competitive when they took part in the local Lions Club Midsummer Sports Day.
The Leigh on Sea Lions Club have been organising this annual event for the last eight years and it’s organised to enable all the participants, regardless of their disability, to participate in a variety of sporting actives and games. Their achievements are recognised with medals, applause and the much coveted team trophy.
There was a great deal of excitements from staff and customers at Avalon when one eagle eyed member of staff spotted the flyer advertising the event – there was no way they were missing this. Staff quickly got into action, contacting the organisers, giving all their information along with the dietary needs and accessibility requirements of the customers.
Next came one of the very important things to do – come up with a team name. After a meeting with customers, it was agreed that ‘Team Avalon’ would be the name that would fill the other competitors with dread.
Kim, supported Barbara and Susan with the enviable task of shopping for the “Team Kit” – a white T shirt with ‘Team Avalon’ emblazoned across the back and front. Now they were ready.
Patrick and Innocent supported Michael and Paul to deal with the logistics, making sure everyone got there in time, packing lunches, lots of water and everything else they may need for the day. Everyone was really excited but when they arrived it dawned on them that the event was even bigger than they had imagined. All in all, there were over 400 attendees and people came from as far afield as Aylesbury and Hertfordshire.
Staff went to register the team and were given the all-important score card which had the participant’s names and all the activities available to take part in. At each event this score card was handed to the umpires and they filled it with the score. The whole event was well organised and very inclusive with lots of activities which catered well for the abilities of our customers.
Euphrasia Rumuma, a Support Worker from the scheme, thought it was a great day;
“It was wonderful to see our customers doing their utmost best and giving it their all in the spirit of competition as well as cheering for their team mates. We were so busy going from activity to activity before we knew it, it was lunch time.”
Throughout the day everyone was entertained by the award winning Music Man Project led by David Stanley. The project is the UK’s first full time music education service specifically for children and adults with learning disabilities and this award winning group is soon to play at the Albert Hall.
Finally it was time for the all-important results and Team Avalon managed an amazing haul of 13 medals across a range of events! The team are determined to improve on this next year and bring home the coveted Team Trophy. They have already put in a request to the scheme manager Michelle for all their training equipment so watch this space.