Football Fans in Training
Football Fans in Training (FFIT) is a 12- week programme delivered at St Mary’s Stadium in collaboration with Southampton City Council’s Public Health Team. The aim of FFIT is to support and encourage male supporters, aged 35 to 65, to make significant changes to their lifestyle by helping them to lose weight, become more active and eat a healthier diet. Football Fans in Training engages with 45 participants each year.
If you’re a football fan, you’re worried about your weight and you’ve got to our sort of age and you think ‘I need some help’ it’s perfect.” Richard Whittington – Football Fans In Training participant
Senior Saints is our first ever programme that specifically works with isolated older people over the age of 65, many of whom do not have family members or friends to rely on. With sessions delivered within local community settings at venues across Southampton, as well as at St Mary’s Stadium, Senior Saints has three key focuses: a core stability exercise programme that reduces the risk of falls in older people, reminiscence groups that use football and sport as a vehicle to tackle early signs of dementia and loss of memory amongst older people and an activity programme that offers a wide variety of social and physical activities, or sometimes just a chance to have a chat and a piece of cake!
It was truly a wonderful experience we were looked after from the moment we arrived and throughout the afternoon” Bill Palmer – Senior Saints participant