At Lincoln City Foundation we cater for all ages and provide sessions appropriate for all abilities. We aim to provide an opportunity for participants to keep a steady level of fitness and a social opportunity where they can meet and interact with new people. Since 2010 Lincoln City Foundation have been delivering effective physical activity programmes which has targeted people who are over 55 in and around Lincoln. This movement started by going into different residential care homes to deliver seated activities and has since grown offering a variety of different weekly community-based sessions which include new age kurling, walking football, community gym and our flag ship project Extra Time Hubs. We have seen these sessions help many individuals come together, gain new friendships and get active at the same time. Our main priorities are to motivate people to lead an active lifestyle, assist active aging and also develop other personal skills such as confidence and leadership.
Our Extra Time Hub launched in March 2019, we began working alongside 10 other football clubs to create a participant led movement to keep our communities aging well. Since the project started, we have gained 45 members and have a group of loyal individuals who attend each week. This group is for those who are over 50 and can use the time to sit and chat with others of similar interest over a cup of tea. Additionally, have the opportunity to take part in the verity of activities provided, from word searches, quizzes, bingo, new age kurling, bowls, sporting memorabilia and table tennis. The group have organised several successful events such as bake sales, stadium tour and a meet and greet with former players of Lincoln City Football Club.
One of our members who joined us in August 2019 heard about the session through Steps 2 Change. Since joining they have been influenced by the positive impact, we hoped the Extra Time Hub would give: “I was petrified the first time I went. I don’t know why I was scared as everyone was so friendly. I really enjoy it and look forward to it now. I have met so many friendly people and made new friends. It's nice to join in all the activities and sometimes just to sit and talk. “ This group has supported many of our members to gain confidence, rebuild a social circle and encourage to join an activity they enjoy. The foundation has big and exciting plans to build, expand and introduce more spokes around the city. We hope this will encourage more people to get involved and see that Lincoln City Foundation have a lot to offer even if football isn’t your first passion.
We welcome any new members to our first session back after Christmas, Wednesday 8th January and will take place in the Legends Lounge at the LNER Stadium.
Our community gym session has been going from strength to strength offering a safe, relaxed, inclusive environment for our members to build their knowledge and start their fitness journey. Our gym which previously has taken place at the LNER stadium now takes place at Lindum Sports Association. This offers a private space for our members to use exclusively. The group regularly goes to lunch to celebrate progress and socialise outside of the gym environment, they feel this has a positive influence and a vital part of the session, it makes them feel part of the bigger Lincoln City Foundation family. With many of our members being Lincoln City fans and season tickets it is always great to reminisce and talk about life on the pitch. “Thank you for inviting us to the gym. It has helped both myself and my wife into taking up fitness. Because of health problems my exercise is slow but beneficial. My wife has really got stuck in and is enjoying every minute she is there. The social aspect and the fact it’s associated with Lincoln City is also an added bonus.
Through the project we have been able to provide opportunities to support volunteers which help run and manage sessions with our support and guidance. Our new age kurling and carpet bowls sessions run at Age UK and Moorland Community Centre are led by dedicated and inspirational volunteers. This is a real asset to the Foundation and has allowed us to grow and reach more people within the community and allows the participants to have ownership of their group.
Over the years we have developed a strong working relationship with Age UK, and we have delivered several sessions there such as Sporting Memories, Walking Football and New Age Kurling to their members. The walking football session has gone from strength to strength and we have a group of loyal players that enjoy this alterative facility to play football at. It’s a small space which allows anyone to play even if they have mobility issues or get out of breath quickly. One of our players played professionally in his younger days and he still has the opportunity to show off some of his skills.
Our aspirations for 2020 are to continue to grow our adult activities project and impact more of our community. If you require any more information about any of our sessions or opportunities to volunteer please don’t hesitate to get in contact by calling 01522 563792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone at the Foundation hopes you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!