Hull FC and Hull KR, fierce rivals on the pitch, are now brothers-in-arms off the pitch to support older people in the city to feel happier and healthier.
The ‘Our Best Years’ programme, involving both clubs’ foundations, offers inclusive opportunities for older fans to meet new people and participate in a range of activities.
Our Best Years welcomes every older fan, regardless of ability, to join what will be primarily conversation-led sessions, involving a mixture of light, appropriate exercises, such as chair exercises and tai chi.
Maisie Malton, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Hull FC Community Foundation, says: “With the Covid-19 pandemic, we recognise that rates of loneliness and isolation have increased significantly amongst older people in our community. Having worked together to support a high number throughout the pandemic, we have been able to learn what challenges older people are facing and what activities they would like to access.”
Ian Spencer, Community Integrated Manager, Hull KR Foundation, adds: “In presenting ‘Our Best Years’, we have shaped a project that offers inclusive physical activity and social development opportunities such as arts and crafts, music, poetry reading, bingo, quizzes and reminiscence with ex-players.”
Sessions take place three times a week across the East and West of the city. No booking is required.
Every Monday at Hebrides Close, East Hull HU9 3LF, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Every Tuesday at West Garth Ave Pop-In, West Hull, HU6 8LS, 1pm-3pm
Every Friday at the MKM Stadium Community Hub, West Park, 10.30am-12.30am