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AFL Football Grand Final Day Celebrations

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
For the first time in 123 years the Australian Football Grand Final will be held in Queensland at the Gabba on Saturday, October the 24th and for the first time it will be a night game with a 6:30 local time start making it 7:30 AEDT and 4:30 Western Australian time.

Only around 30,000 fans will be able to enter the venue on the day so TV telecast will be very important to many football fans around Australia. In the year of COVID-19 many changes had to come about in the football season.

If working in aged care on this day you could have a slow build-up to the evening game decorating the TV room in the two teams colours with streamers, balloons, football trophies and posters out of newspapers.

Run a Football Quiz in the afternoon, sing the two competing teams club songs and maybe watch highlights from other past grand final matches.

Enjoy a football dinner before the game small meat pies, chips and ice cream. There will be some very keen football fans amongst the residents in your facility. Enjoy the day!

To have a successful fun day here are a few ideas.

✿ Decorate the room you are watching the game in the two teams colours. Lots of coloured streamers and balloons.

✿ Find posters to post in the room of the two teams these can be found in the newspaper in the week leading up to the game.

✿ Make a display with a football, borrow a football trophy from family or friends, football boots & mascots.

✿ Make bunches of coloured streamers on sticks that residents can shake to cheer on their favourite team.

✿ Encourage staff and residents to dress up in the team colours. Serve football food like small meat pies & sausage rolls with sauce. Potato chips and low alcohol beer or cool drink.

✿ Decorate milk arrowroot biscuits with coloured icing (team colours) to serve with afternoon tea.

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Debbie Davison
Debbie is the owner of Memory Lane Therapy and an experienced Activity coordinator for Aged care. Her passion is Music, Arts, Crafts and making people Laugh and Smile.

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