AXA Life Invest has awarded Motherwell FC Community Trust £5,000 to enhance the physical health and mental agility of people over 65.
AXA’s competition, in partnership with national advisory group CAERUS, sought nominations from financial advisers to improve the quality of life for retirees in their local area.
Martin O’Neill from Motherwell, who works for Henderson Stone and Co Ltd, was responsible for submitting the ‘Silver Sporties’ initiative which won ’Well the money.
He said: “I nominated the Motherwell Football Club Community Trust because it has successfully implemented a range of programmes for younger people and now they have the chance to expand this to the elderly as well.
“I am very pleased to have played a role in bringing the power of football to older people.”
The Community Trust will now deliver four ten-week programmes for 12 participants each at Fir Park offering a range of physical activities, information sessions on healthy living and social activities such as excursions.
AXA’s contribution will fund the costs of physical educators and trainers, life coaches delivering information sessions, as well as catering and transportation costs, while the community trust will provide the elderly with a financial adviser
The Community Trust’s Charlie Bennett said: “Silver Sporties will bring the elderly of Lanarkshire together in a shared love of football, improving their physical health and mental well-being.
“Thanks to AXA Life Invest’s support, the people of Motherwell will be both healthier and happier.”
AXA Life Invest UK managing director Simon Smallcombe added: “We are confident that this worthwhile initiative will tackle the problem of social isolation in the community of Motherwell.”