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Posted on February 7th 2018 by

Men’s Supporting Memories Group

Love talking sport?

Every Wednesday, we are host a free event aimed at men over 50, held at St James Park, the Sporting Memories group encourages men who may be suffering with isolation to come together and talk about sport.

Each week involves sharing stories, playing sports quizzes, guided stadium tours and light games - all free of charge, with each session starting at 10am and finishes at 12pm.

Peter Ferlie, Exeter City Community Trust Health and Wellbeing Officer, said:

“Sporting Memories it aimed at people who may be socially isolated or suffering with depression or other physical or mental health issues which prevent them from being as active as they used to be. The purpose of the group is to come together and talk about shared interests including sporting memories

“We welcome all men, regardless of sporting background and age, you don't have to have played sport to get involved, just the love of being involved or enjoyment as a spectator. We go through sporting history from the 1950’s and we talk about some of the events that we have witnessed or heard about.

“The men have a common theme and a common bond, and we find new friendships from this. We also provide free refreshments and if football is your sport or Exeter your city we offer ground tours of St James Park and talk about the redevelopments of the stadium.”

For more information or to get involved, email peter.ferlie@ecfc.co.uk

Ability Counts

Exeter City FC Ability Counts offer adults with mental health issues and physical impairments the opportunity to engage in regular training sessions. Each session aims to increase confidence, self-belief and health and well-being.

In addition to the regular training sessions, players also get the opportunity to compete in national tournaments and competitions against other clubs.

Will Alan, Disability Officer at City Community Trust, says it’s a great way to bring people together.

“Our players come from all different backgrounds. But they just want to play football like everyone else, and the time they spend playing football is a release both mentally and physically.

“Benefits include the structure it brings to their lives, the social aspect and the positive effect physical exercise has on their mental health. I learn a lot from their outlook and attitude.”

Each session costs just £3. To sign up, or to get involved contact Will directly via email: will.alan@ecfc.co.uk.

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