Cheshire Phoenix players visit ‘Silver Hoopers’ in Chester

Basketball players visit residents at retirement development

Cheshire Phoenix basketball players paid a visit to their new neighbours at Abbot’s Wood recently. The development is the city’s new £18 million retirement living complex which opened last month.

The visit marked the start of a new ‘Silver Hoopers’ partnership between the team and the retirement living development initiated by Your Housing Group, one of the team’s sponsors.

The team enjoyed an afternoon tea of scones, sandwiches and cakes with  25 of the residents who have recently moved into the development. They also took part in an arm chair exercise class and enjoyed a short basketball coaching session practicing getting the ball in a hoop.

Residents were given free tickets to see Cheshire Phoenix play the London Lions.

Located on Northgate Avenue, Abbot’s Wood is right next to the Northgate Arena where the team train and play their home games. 

Kathy Cowell, OBE DL, Chair of Your Housing Group, said; “This is our second season as Cheshire Phoenix’s principal team sponsor and it’s great to further extend our work with them on this community outreach initiative.

“The Silver Hoopers partnership will promote health and wellbeing for our older residents and encourage family fun, time away with friends and combat feelings of isolation.”

Andrew Donaldson, Chairman of Cheshire Phoenix basketball Club said: “The great thing about basketball is that it’s so exciting it can appeal to anyone of any age from an 8 year old to an 80 year old and coming to watch a game is an excellent way for two or three generations of a family to find a pastime they can all enjoy doing together.”

The Abbot’s Wood development includes 131 one and two bedroom apartments that are available for rent, full sale or shared ownership.

Each of the apartments has a wet room and kitchen with built in appliances including integrated oven, hob and extractor fan.

There are also assisted bathrooms within the building, for those residents who need a little more help with their everyday tasks and the development has been designed with dementia friendly aspects, including different colour schemes on each floor to enable familiarisation.

The development includes a bistro, hairdresser and activity room which will offer a range of weekly activities. These amenities are open to the local community and non-residents are encouraged to use the facilities.

Abbot’s Wood has been designed to allow residents to live an independent life in a socially supportive environment.


(Photo: players Simeon Naydenov (L) and Joel Barkers (R) with residents (centre L-R) Marguerite Owen and Jean Wilkie)

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