Go for Gold, Dance with Me and Take the Challenge

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Eva three step, tap dancing and line dancing – do you have experience in any of these dances?  Join the Dance With Me Challenge 2014 to give them a go! If you don’t know them you can just make up your own dance!

Go for Gold Challenge – what is it all about?


Going for gold logoThe Go for Gold Challenge was established in 2012 to involve professionals and residents in the care sector in the legacy celebrations
offered by the London Olympic Games and the World Congress on Active Ageing in Glasgow and the Commonwealth Games of 2014.  The Go for Gold Challenge is headed up by Edith MacIntosh, Rehabilitation Consultant from the Care Inspectorate and Bob Laventure from The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University.



The aims of the Go for Gold Challenge are to:

  • Promote and celebrate participation in physical activity amongst older people supported by the care sector.download
  • Build capacity in the workforce in the care sector to promote physical activity with older people on a day to day basis.
  • Develop links between the care sector in Scotland and physical activity organisations.
  • Contribute towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Legacy.

Go for Gold is made up of 5 challenges:

  1. Walk with me challenge
  2. Games challenge
  3. Triathlon challenge
  4. Try anything challenge
  5. Dance with me challenge

2013 Games Challenge

In 2013 in Stonehaven 5 care homes, 1 day care and 1 support service came together for the afternoon to participate in a Games challenge.  The afternoon commenced with a group warm up which got everyone limbered up and ready for action.  There were three games and a sing a long which everyone seemed to enjoy.  Awards were given for 6 categories which included best singers and best team identity.

Intergenerational opportunities

Local school children from Mill of Forrest come down to support the Mowat Court team as they had participated in practicing for the event, helped the team make banners and assisted in their team identity.  Other care homes also engaged with local primary schools to build links with younger people within their communities.

Dance with Me Challenge 2014


This year plans are in place to hold a Dance with me challenge in Stonehaven.  Teams are invited from any community group which support older people.  The dance will be in a seated position which will enable everyone to take part.  The teams can be made up of 5 people for example 3 older people, 1 staff member and another person – family member, volunteer, another older person or another paid member of support staff.  Props such as scarves, pom poms and hats can be used to enhance the performance.

The main objective for the afternoon is to have fun and meet other people and maybe go home with a medal for your efforts!

Should you wish to enter a team please let Shona.omand-smith@aberdeenshire.gov.uk know as soon as possible.

Details of the Go for Gold Challenge and resources can be found here.

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