Participants from a programme designed to improve the health and emotional well-being of older people are to take part in a series of special Sport Relief events up and down the country.
The Extra Time programme uses the power of football to engage over-55s by providing regular sport and social activity at 30 professional football clubs. It is jointly-funded by the Football Foundation and Sport Relief, who developed it in partnership with the Premier League, Football League Trust and Age UK.
The Charlton Athletic group will be joined by first team players on Thursday 22nd March to complete a mile of The Valley pitch, home of the Addicks, while participants at Bristol Rovers will be joined by a 1,000 schoolchildren to complete their mile around the Memorial Stadium.
Selhurst Park and the B2Net Stadium pitches will play host to special miles for Crystal Palace and Chesterfield participants respectively, while former Notts County player and manger Ian Richardson will be running the mile with Extra Time participants in Nottingham.
Other Extra Time projects confirmed to take part include: Nottingham Forest, Rotherham, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers, Northampton Town and Plymouth Argyle.
The Extra Time programme has engaged around 1,000 older people in their local areas and as a result, 70% said that they found everyday tasks such as climbing stairs easier; 75% had made new friends; and 21% used the health services less.
Sport Relief anticipates that more than one million people will complete the Sport Relief Mile this year, making it one of the biggest ever UK mass participation events.
Femina Makkar, Extra Time Programme Manager, said: “Extra Time has transformed the quality of life for older people all over the country, providing important opportunities to stay fit and healthy which would otherwise not exist. I congratulate everybody from Extra Time who is taking part in the mile.”
Kevin Cahill, Chief Executive of Sport Relief, said: “For a number of years Comic Relief has awarded grants that help older people across the UK get access to the support they need. Extra Time is providing a valuable service for a great number of older people across England and Wales, improving their health and fitness as well as strengthening social and community links.”
To find out more about the Extra Time programme follow us on http://twitter.com/TheExtraTime or visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk.
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Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the nation’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
As the nation celebrates the biggest ever year of sport, the entire country can join in the fun with Sport Relief 2012 from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March.
Over one million people are expected to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile as they raise cash to change lives at home and across the world’s poorest countries. And, with a whole weekend of top Sport Relief telly planned across the BBC, it’s all set to be huge.
From David Walliams’ cross-Channel swim to Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days, Sport Relief has a unique history of brave celebrities taking on gruelling physical challenges to raise cash and change lives. Sport Relief 2012 will be no exception with even more daring, vast and awe-inspiring celebrity challenges on their way.
Visit www.sportrelief.com to keep up with the latest news.
Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).