Cardiovascular disease in people aged between 30 and 74 in Dacorum is statistically higher than the average for Hertfordshire
In October 2020 we were successful in our application for a Community Grant from Dacorum Borough Council, enabling us to plan our “Kickabout” fitness initiative for the long term. The Community Grant scheme is designed to support community activities and improve the wellbeing of Dacorum residents; since October 2020 we have been running popular and successful Over 30’s football sessions aimed at encouraging similarly aged/fit local people to get active with each other. The funding allows us to commit to block booking a long term facility and ensuring we have sufficient kit and equipment as the popularity of the sessions grow. Hemel Hempstead Town FC have committed to making facilities available to us and so in partnership with both Dacorum Borough Council and Hemel FC; “Community Kickabout” will run at 8pm and 9pm on Monday evenings, on the FIFA Pro standard artificial grass at Vauxhall Road.
Our sessions were initially aimed helping Over 30’s get active because cardiovascular disease in people aged between 30 and 74 in Dacorum is statistically significantly higher than the averages for England and Hertfordshire and around 50,000 residents aged 50 and above suffer from a long-term health problem or disability. Regular exercise has also been shown to improve your ability to regulate your immune system, which may be essential for avoiding the severe symptoms of COVID-19. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown also hampered a lot of attempts to keep fit; our sessions for people who either want to get fit or are returning to fitness. We’ve since extended our sessions to welcome Ladies (no age limit) in Ladies only games.
Adults should be participating in 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity (raised heartbeat, sweating e.g. brisk walking). It has been scientifically proven that being physically active can dramatically improve an individual’s physical health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer and of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 50%. It also improves mental health, helping to lower the risk of depression and reduces cognitive decline. Taking part in sport and physical activity can also boost productivity. Physical activity and sports participation can develop a sense of shared purpose and contribute to community cohesion. Sport is successful in bringing people from different communities together and forging strong, new friendships and creating a sense of pride and belonging within their communities.