Summer of Sport
20 - 26 July 2020
Sporting events around the world may have been cancelled because of coronavirus, but at Anchor we are still celebrating a unique Summer of Sport in 2020.
Between Monday 20 July and Sunday 26 July we launched our very own alternative summer games and invite you to enjoy them with us.
Sport is a vital part of a fulfilled life for many people. As well as being a great way to exercise both the body and mind, sport provides opportunities to spend shared time with other people, strengthens our sense of community and can be a real focal point for joy.
We might not be able to watch the 2020 Olympic Games, Wimbledon, the Euros or London Marathon, but across the country our colleagues have been busy organising a variety of tournaments for care home residents to enjoy. Specially adapted equipment are seeing gardens turned into cricket pitches and basketball courts, while lounges host table tennis matches and crazy golf courses.
Homes excitedly share pictures and video clips of their training and main events across social media using the hashtag #SummerofSport2020 - take a look to see what everyone is getting up to.
Sport is not cancelled: care homes launch a sporting tournament for the nation
Undeterred by major sporting events being cancelled due to the pandemic, Anchor care homes across the country are taking matters into their own hands.Find out more
Meet some of the sports fans enjoying Summer of Sport
Former athlete Maureen talks about her love of sport
Borrage House resident Maureen Leeming has been a keen athlete all her life and in 1962 qualified for the Commonwealth Games as part of the Team Northern Ireland.
"I got into cycling because walking is too slow!"
Former professional cyclist and Nelson Lodge resident Malcolm Wright shares his excitement about Summer of Sport.
Award winning football fan Mike is looking forward to Summer of Sport
Savile Park resident Mike Judd won the FA’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2011 for his 30 year commitment to his local football club. Hear why Mike is looking forward to Summer of Sport.
St Marys' middle-distance runner Colin is all geared up for Summer of Sport
Meet 87 year old Colin Redmonds who in his younger years was a successful middle-distance runner, coming second in the All England under 18s 880 yards, and becoming Yorkshire Champion at just 17.
97 year old David Green tells us how sport played a huge part in his life
"The 50 years I was coaching Athletics were the most rewarding thing that I have ever done. In the last few months I’ve really missed being able to watch sport on TV, so I’m looking forward to the Summer of Sport events, it should be great fun!"Read more
A launch week of sporting competition
Each day during Summer of Sport launch week had a focus on a particular sport. Our care homes were all invited to take part in daily challenges and compete nationally against residents from other Anchor homes across the country.
- Monday 20 - Basketball
- Tuesday 21 - Cricket
- Wednesday 22 - Football
- Thursday 23 - Polybat
- Friday 24 - Golf
- Saturday 25 - Rugby
Sunday 26 July saw vibrant closing ceremony parties as the competitors celebrated their achievements!
Summer of Sport TRYathlon
What’s your strength? Razor-sharp reflexes, precision accuracy or muscles of steel? The Summer of Sport TRYathlon is bringing the nail-biting excitement of sporting competition back into all of our lives and all you need are some household essentials to take part!Give it a try!
All our homes have been sharing photos and videos of their competitors and sporting events on Twitter using the hashtag #SummerofSport2020. Be sure to use it to share your Summer of Sport TRYathlon attempts too!Follow us on Twitter
Join the conversation on Facebook
Share your favourite sporting memories with us, watch the best of our TRYathlon attempts and see how residents do in their big events by following us on Facebook.Find us on Facebook