Fulham FC Captain, Danny Murphy, attended the re-launch of the FFC Foundation’s Extra Time programme at Craven Cottage after training yesterday, to help publicise the project and to encourage more people from the Hammersmith & Fulham area to join.
Extra Time is an innovative health project which uses the ‘power of football’ to engage with adults and provide regular sport and leisure activities at 30 professional football clubs. It is jointly funded by the Football Foundation and Comic Relief, who developed it in partnership with the Premier League and Age UK.
Danny Murphy joined local participants from the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, to celebrate some of their achievements from the project’s first full year. He observed chair aerobics and yoga, two of the weekly activity sessions offered at Craven Cottage before challenging some of the participants to Wii Sports.
Extra Time helps participants to improve their health and emotional wellbeing in order to address some serious health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, falls prevention, obesity, and depression. The project also focuses on lifestyle changes that promote wellbeing, helping older people to stay healthy and empowering them to live independent lives.
The activities at Craven Cottage are designed to encourage people aged 50 and over to get active, socialise with friends and lead a healthier lifestyle. The choice of sessions are user-led to ensure that those taking part have fun, are motivated and keen to continue taking part.
Speaking at the event, Fulham FC Captain Danny Murphy, said:
“Today has been an eye opener, I know that the Club does a lot in the community but I wasn’t too aware of this type of programme. It’s a great set-up and it’s great to get older people involved in exercise and socialising together. To offer this in a nice environment, which is what we have got here at the Cottage, and get the local community involved is beneficial to everybody.”
Steven Day, Chief Executive of the Fulham Football Club Foundation, added:
“It was wonderful to launch the initial Extra Time event here at Craven Cottage last May and hear about the excellent results that these projects are helping to deliver. It's a fantastic project that we're delighted to be able to offer around the Hammersmith and Fulham area and I’m pleased that the Club’s Captain, Danny Murphy, has been able to join us here to today to lend his support to this great initiative and see for himself the great work being carried out by the Club’s Foundation in the local community.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:
“Extra Time projects like this one delivered by Fulham have been tremendously successful in improving the health and quality of life for older people across the country. At the Foundation we see the impact of the programme through the impressive monitoring and evaluation performance reports that we provide. However, the smile on the faces of the participants is perhaps the most satisfying result of all – and the true evidence that this programme is achieving tremendous results in support of older people in the community. It is fantastic to see elite players like Danny Murphy taking the time to get behind their clubs’ excellent work in the community!”.
If you are aged 50 and over and would like to find out more about Fulham FC’s Extra Time project|, please contact the Fulham Football Club Foundation on: 0870 442 5432.