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COMMUNITY: Club support EFL Day of Action

Players visit Barn Close Residential Home and Fit Fans group

10 March 2020

The EFL Day of Action allows all EFL clubs to come together on the same day to demonstrate the impact football has in positively changing people's lives.

This year, Carlisle United Community Sports Trust invited players to their Tuesday night Fit Fans session as well as their weekly visit to local residential home Barn Close. 

Jack Iredale and Mo Sagaf visited our Study Centre at Brunton Park and took part in the recently launched Fit Fans programme, hosted by our community team. 

Fit Fans is a free health programme for men and women aged 35-65 who are looking to lose weight, get fitter and lead a more active life. The 12-week programme is delivered by our community coaching team and they have access to the Study Centre, as well as the gym here at Brunton Park. 

Defender Jack Iredale said: "It was interesting to go to the educational part of the session before we went into the gym. The coaches were telling us all about different things that can affect your health that you might not even consider. 

"Once we'd had the educational part, we then went into the gym to do a circuits session, with a few weights thrown in. I can see why the fans who attend really benefit from it, and there's plenty of fun involved as well, which means you don't really feel like you're working hard. I would definitely reccomend it for fans who are looking to become healthier." 

Meanwhile, Nathan Thomas went along to Barn Close Residential Home to join the community staff for their regular visit. 

Community manager John Halpin said: "Our link with Barn Close started when we were asked to come and celebrate our oldest fan Jack McDowall's birthday last year. We came along with a couple of players and had a chat, and the staff asked us how we could get involved on a more regular basis. 

"Since then, we've been coming every week and doing a range of activities with the residents including darts, skittles, hoops and sit down aerobics, which is what Nathan took part in this week. 

"Jack celebrated his 107th birthday last week and he is a great laugh every time we come and visit. He wasn't a fan of Nathan's tattoos on his arms, but I think he and the rest of the residents enjoyed his visit all the same!" 

Nathan said: "It was great to come down and see the work done by our community staff. You can tell the residents enjoy the sessions and it gives them plenty to do to keep their minds active. 

"I've obviously had a little bit of an injury, so the sit down aerobics was perfect for me, and I really enjoyed the conversation with the residents as we all took part in the exercises." 

Thank you to both groups for allowing us to take a peep at what they get up to.

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