Residents of Birmingham nursing home create their own version of the Commonwealth Games


The ‘excited’ residents of a Birmingham nursing home celebrated the Commonwealth Games by creating their own version of the tournament, complete with a winners’ ceremony and multi-sport competition.

Metchley Manor in Edgbaston is to host a week-long garden tournament in honor of the Games, which are being held in Birmingham, with residents competing against members of the Care UK team in a range of sporting events.

The retirement home organizes its own pétanque, tennis and table tennis matches, which has caused “excitement” among its residents.

My husband Alexander competed in the Commonwealth Games in swimming for Scotland, so it’s a great way to remember him and enjoy the excitement the Games brought to Birmingham.

Joan McNeish, nursing home resident

Joan McNeish, 85, who lives in the care home, said: “My husband Alexander competed in the Commonwealth Games in swimming for Scotland so it’s a lovely way to remember him and enjoy the excitement the Games have brought to Birmingham.”

Staff member Zoe Doherty said “it’s the perfect time to be a Brummie”, while care home chief executive Kim-Marie Newton said the Games-themed activity was a “topical way” to celebrate the tournament.

“With the Commonwealth Games literally on our doorstep, we knew we had to celebrate this fantastic moment in Birmingham’s history,” said Ms Newton.

“Here at Metchley Manor, we know how important physical activity is for overall well-being. We therefore always encourage residents to stay active. So our own Commonwealth Games-themed activity was a great way to do that.

“There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the city at the moment which is good to be a part of. It’s definitely a great time to be a Brummie! We’d like to wish all the UK athletes the best of luck – we’ve certainly won some medals here!

A nursing home resident prepares to compete in his version of the Commonwealth Games (Shaun Fellows/PA)

A special winners’ ceremony will be held on August 8 where victorious residents will receive their own gold medals.

Residents of the retirement home will also have the opportunity to attend the official athletics competition of the Games on August 3.

More than 5,000 athletes are set to compete in 280 events in 19 sports at the Commonwealth Games, which will include an integrated, 11-day para-sport programme.

Birmingham won the Games after planned host Durban in South Africa pulled out due to financial problems.

In her Thursday message, delivered by the Prince of Wales, the Queen described Birmingham as “a pioneering city which has attracted and welcomed so many people throughout its history”.

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