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Golden Games picks up UK national award for excellence
Aberdeen has lifted a top prize for the older people's Golden Games in the Association for Public Service Excellence Awards 2013.
The initiative beat off competition from seven other local authorities from across the UK to win the APSE award in the Best Health and Wellbeing category.
Aberdeen's staged its biggest ever festival of activities for over-65s this summer, featuring everything from skating to swimming and from fishing to football. Now in its third year, some 360 folk took part in the 23 different sports on offer at 18 venues across the city.
The initiative is a partnership between Aberdeen City Council, Sport Aberdeen, Aberdeen Sports Village and NHS Grampian, and aims to encourage older people to become as active as possible, benefit their health, and get out and about to meet new people.
All the sports are designed to be enjoyed by people of all abilities and follow-up opportunities allow participants to remain active beyond the end of the festival.
Aberdeen City Council Social Care and Wellbeing convener Councillor Len Ironside CBE said: "The organising team did a superb job this year in laying on the biggest and most varied programme yet. The festival of sport gave folk the chance to have a go at something they've never tried before, to get out and make new friends and to get into the habit of staying active."
Social Care and Wellbeing manager Sandy Reid, who led the organising team, said: "The City Council and its partners worked together to achieve something really positive, which will have a long-lasting impact on the wellbeing of so many of those who got involved. I'm very proud on behalf of the whole team that our efforts have been recognised with the APSE award."
NHS Grampian general manager Heather Kelman said: "We are absolutely delighted and very proud this is national recognition of the strength of partnership working in Aberdeen and recognises the significant contribution of active ageing towards reshaping care for older people in the city."
Sport Aberdeen active ageing development officer Stephen Gammack said: "The Golden Games is a fantastic opportunity for Aberdonians to enjoy physically active lifestyles and winning this award is great recognition of the team behind the games and the success of 2013. It is tremendously rewarding to provide the opportunity for older adults to take part in such a diverse range of activities and all the feedback I have received is that Aberdonians are already counting down to next year's event."
The other finalists were from councils in Ballymena, Blackpool, Broxtowe, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Walsall.
APSE is a not-for-profit local government body working with more than 300 councils throughout the UK to promote excellence in public services.