'It's good to move': Greenland's seniors play ball

Sitting on benches in a sports hall in Greenland, 33-year-old Jennsinnguaq Lundblad and his nursery school pupils could not keep their eyes off the handball court.

"It's unusual to see so many elderly people doing sports -- it's funny to watch," he said of the match in Ilulissat, a town that lies north of the Arctic circle.

The Greenlandic games for the elderly each year draw teams of pensioners from across the vast Danish autonomous territory.

The seasoned game-goers are as fiery on the stands as they are on the pitch, where 239 players vie for victory in handball, hockey and football.

Laila Moller, 68, said she did not want to spend retirement holed up at home alone.

"When you're retired, you're often at home, so it's good for me to move and to be with the others," said the competitor from Ilulissat.

"It's cool, we are lots of people" here.

It's not easy getting everyone together though. Greenland is the world's largest island, mostly covered in ice, and transport costs are high when much of the terrain can only be crossed by air or sea.