To celebrate International Day of Older Persons, Northampton Saints Foundation are delighted to announce they will be working in partnership with Age UK Northamptonshire to deliver sporting heritage reminiscence activities to older people.
Sport often lies at the heart of communities and plays a big part in the lives of many people, whether it be playing the game, attending sporting events, collecting memorabilia or its connection to social history.
At present Northampton Saints Foundation continues the legacy of Reverend Samuel Wathan Wigg, founder of Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club, to channel the energies of some of the county’s more troubled youngsters. The Foundation uses the power of sport and the values of rugby to bring a lasting change to young people and their community, through their education and social inclusion programmes and to be a place, where anyone can achieve great things.
Working in partnership for the first time, the Foundation and Age UK Northamptonshire, a local independent charity who provide support and services to older people, will be holding a number of sessions specifically designed to support and increase the health and wellbeing for older people.
Clare Clarke, Heritage and Partnership Lead said 'We are really lucky Northampton Saints has a rich sporting and social heritage, as well as a loyal supporter base, with many people attending matches as children through to adulthood. Sadly for many attendance at matches isn’t always possible in older years, which is why we are delighted to be working with Age UK Northamptonshire to deliver reminiscence activities at cinch Stadium at Franklin's Gardens. The structured sessions, led by trained and enthusiastic staff and volunteers, will trigger both personal memories and shared experiences for the participants. We'd love to see as many people as possible attend "
“Age UK Northamptonshire are thrilled to be working in partnership with Northampton Saints Foundation" added Kathy Smith, Lifetime Service Development Coordinator. "Like us, they have links far reaching across the county of Northamptonshire. This will enable us to invest in our communities and the people who live in them. We could not feel more privileged being able to bring our experience and passion together creating something special for older people in our community”
The Foundation will be announcing an Open Day within the next 4-6 weeks followed by a number of sessions in the New Year.
To register your interested in attending, or to volunteer on the project, please email [email protected].