North East Connected

Young and Old Play Together

CaptureAn initiative that helps to tackle the problem of isolation across rural areas where populations are sparse and people can feel isolated welcomed some new members last week. (9 Feb)

Twenty six pupils from  Husthwaite Community Primary School were invited to join the village’s  ‘ Orchard Primetime’ group for an  afternoon of inclusive sports.

“The children aged ten and eleven played New Age Kurling and dominoes with the group who were delighted to have the opportunity to socialise with the youngsters,” said Joe McKechnie, Inclusive Sport Officer, Hambleton District Council.

“They were also impressed with the children’s behaviour and willingness to help the lesser able members of the group during the activities.

“Primetime is about having fun and forming friendships and getting people out of their homes and meeting up with other people. It was fantastic to see the young and old having fun together.”

And Class Teacher, Gemma Goodchild added “The children loved the addition of the Kurling and talked non-stop about how much fun they had, had. It’s amazing how relaxed the two generations are in each other’s company. Each generation brings out unexpected qualities in the other and most importantly they all have fun together! The activities provided by the council’s Inclusive Sports Officer are so inclusive anyone of any ability can take part. We can’t wait till next time.”

Since the launch of Primetime 15 months ago, Husthwaite has seen its club grow in popularity and numbers and is now starting to form further links within the local community and increase awareness of the benefits of inclusive sporting opportunities.

It was initially funded through North Yorkshire County Council’s ‘Innovation Fund’ but is now operated by Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire Sport.

For further details contact Joe McKechnie, Inclusive Sport Officer, Hambleton District Council on 01609 767261 –

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