A new all-inclusive programme, which will support people over the age of 50 improve their physical and mental wellbeing, is being launched by the AFC Fylde Community Foundation.

The ‘Extra Time’ health and wellbeing sessions will welcome and support all participants, irrespective of physical or mental disability.

It will be the first time the Foundation has delivered the innovative project at Mill Farm Sports Village, made possible by the partnership support of Cuadrilla. The company, based in Bamber Bridge, runs an exploration well in Little Plumpton and supports worthwhile initiatives as part of its Putting Lancashire First community funding programme. To date, the company has spent £220,000 in supporting local projects.

The team will be running sessions every Monday and Friday morning between 9:30am-11:30am with a focus on encouraging and enabling people to improve both their physical and mental wellbeing.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet new friends, take part in a variety of sports including boccia, team walks and team-building activities, as well as gaining volunteering and leadership qualifications.

The cutting-edge initiative is open to all men and women over 50, and the Foundation is encouraging anyone who may be interested to get involved and not be deterred by personal health problems.

The programme has been many months in the planning and Foundation Director Tom Hutton is excited about finally getting it underway.

He said: “Our new Extra Time programme is something I’m really proud of. There are many people in our local community who perhaps feel isolated by problems with their mental health, physical ability or confidence. This is an opportunity for them to come along, and enjoy the company of others in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment.

“We have a great team here who are ready and waiting to welcome them to this programme and hopefully open up a whole new world for them.”

Francis Egan, CEO of Cuadrilla, said: “We are very proud of our partnership work with the Community Foundation and it is great to see another innovative programme being launched to help those in the local area. Rural isolation is a key issue in our communities and Cuadrilla is supportive of any local projects which aim to tackle this.”

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