Erskine’s veterans are ready and raring to go to Scotland’s first Sporting Senior Games taking place in Glasgow this weekend.
Care home residents have flown in from Charleston, West Virginia to compete against veterans from all five of Erskine’s care homes along with two teams from West Lothian Care Home Network.
Sports such as boccia bowls, basketball and a wheelchair obstacle race will bring out the competitive spirit in residents in the hope of clinching a much sought after medal.
To give the event a distinct Scottish Highland Games theme, competitors will also be tossing the tartan welly and throwing the toy sheep.
The Games have been jointly organised by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), veterans’ charity Erskine and the Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living in West Virginia.
They will take place in the University’s Arc health and fitness centre on Saturday (19th September).
The Sporting Senior Games promote active living, wellbeing and quality of life among older people. In addition, they also provide competitors with the opportunity to socialise and get to know each other.
Erskine Edinburgh will host a Scottish food tasting afternoon while a ceilidh will be held on Sunday for the American residents in The Erskine Home, Bishopton.
Welcoming everyone to the Games will be BBC Radio Scotland presenter John Beattie who will open proceedings, followed by the team processions. Medals and rosettes will be awarded at the end of the day.
Erskine’s Head Physiotherapist Janet Leith said: “Building on our hugely successful Erskine Commonwealth Games in 2014, the Sporting Senior Games will bring many benefits to our residents including increased confidence, improved physical fitness and mental wellbeing plus the chance to mix with different people to have fun.”
“The sporting activities are designed to be accessible to all competitors regardless of physical ability. The cultural and social activities, which include Scottish food tasting and a ceilidh, can also be enjoyed by all. Our veterans are very much looking forward to the Games and to ensuring the American visitors receive a warm Scottish welcome and go home with fond memories of their time in Scotland.”
The American Friends of Erskine with thanks to The Caledonian Club of San Francisco and the Nimar Charitable Trust have generously donated funding towards the costs of the Games.