Plans include more walking football and health checks for supporters
AFC Wimbledon Veterans 50+ Walking Football team. Picture: AFC Wimbledon Foundation
A new partnership has been forged between AFC Wimbledon Foundation and The Nelson Health Centre with the aim of improving health and well being in the local community.
The two organisations are inviting residents to have their say in how they believe the partnership could be most effective.
‘Club Together For Community Health’ aims deliver a range of physical and mental health and well-being activities for families and residents across the borough of Merton.
The Nelson Health Centre in Kingston Road, Wimbledon opened in 2015 providing facilities including: GP surgeries and a pharmacy; mental health services; minor surgery facilities; support services for older people; and a range of specialist outpatient clinics. The Nelson is also currently being used for Covid-19 vaccinations for local residents.
AFC Wimbledon Foundation deliver community-based activities and initiatives on behalf of the football club. The partnership will use AFC Wimbledon Foundation’s reach with local supporters, families and residents to raise awareness of the local health services The Nelson has to offer, helping support community wellbeing and easing the strain on local hospitals at a critical time for the NHS.
Initial plans for the partnership including:
- Mid-week and evening affordable/free football or walking football programmes for targeted groups, including inactive adults, males over 50, women and patients from the nearby St George’s Hospital
- Health and fitness programmes for families and older residents such as Pilates, yoga and dance sessions
- ‘Sporting Memories’ sessions to help with dementia support for local residents
- Matchday activities at the Plough Lane Stadium such as health checks for supporters
- Activities that support local health campaigns focusing on heart disease, nutrition, diabetes, and mental health
- Establishing a community sport and health activity hub at the new Plough Lane Stadium
To build on these initial plans, The Nelson and AFC Wimbledon Foundation are asking local residents and families to put forward ideas and suggestions of other health and well-being activities they would like to see. Residents can share their thoughts through the Fulcrum website.
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July 19, 2021