Connect with Respect - Winnipeg Beach Pickleball

Winnipeg Beach School
October 2016 and ongoing
12 older adult participants (aged 55 years or older)
14 people involved in total

Describe the purpose of the program/activity/event:

To assist our older adults to be active. Many of our older adults had either tried the game or heard of it and were very interested in playing so we purchased 2 indoor nets, 8 racquets and assorted balls. We then began a weekly program every Wednesday which has now grown to 3 times a week.

Briefly describe what you think made your program/activity/event special? Why do you think it was successful?

I believe it was successful because we offered instruction prior to the start of the program to create extra interest. Another reason for the success is our residents asked for it and told others about the sport and our program.

How inviting or appealing was this activity for the older adults involved?

All feedback has been positive and the number of participants has grown.

How easy was it (for the older adults) to participate?

We chose a facility that is easy to access with close parking and proper flooring for indoor sports. These things make our older adults more comfortable and the experience more enjoyable for them.

How likely will the older adults who were involved participate again in the future?

They have asked me to continue the program for the entire winter.

What advice would you give other groups who may be considering the planning and facilitation of a similar opportunity for older adults?

Listen to people in your community and find out the wants/needs.

What key learning (pearls of wisdom) would you like to share about your experience in "connecting with respect" and creating opportunities for social engagement of older adults in Manitoba?

Our older adults are looking for opportunities to be more active, meet others with similar interests and take part in activities they enjoy and are of interest to them. It is very important to listen to the members of your community when doing programming. Don't be afraid to try something new if people do ask for it.

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