Over 50s fitness drive

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Ayr United Football Academy representatives were in attendance for the launch of the Opportunities in Retirement initiative in Maybole last Thursday.

AUFA along with 20 other organisations helped to launch the programme which aims to engage older people in sporting activities to promote health and wellbeing in later years. SNP MP Corri Wilson and local councillor William Grant were also present for the event.

Ayr Football Academy used the opportunity to promote their wide-ranging variety of initiatives which hope the wider community, both young and old, engaged in sport.

On display on the day was AUFA’s walking football programme; which allows over 50s to meet up and play football matches. The programme is specifically gauged for the over 50s as it keeps the speed of the game to a walking pace.

AUFA also took used Opportunities in Retirement’ to display their Football Memories programme to the public. The partnership, in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland, encourages people with dementia and other mental illnesses, who also have an interest in football, to meet up and discuss some of their favourite footballing memories – with the hope of decreasing the speed of memory loss.

Other programmes on display were AUFA’s opportunities for young people including: Football Academy Football Centres and North Carrick and Maybole Easter Sports.

Opportunities in Retirement, Ayr was founded in 1985 and is a charitable organisation for people over 50. Opportunities in Retirement exists to encourage and facilitate interesting, motivating and appealing activities for the local elderly population, which is drawn from Ayr and the surrounding area. Some of their programmes include: aerobics, cycling, hill walking, line-dancing and swimming.

A hardy group of 10 Ayr United supporters, have been braving the elements on our Football Fans in Training Programme, in conjunction with the SPFL Trust, over the last 10 weeks. The participants were put through their paces by Ayr United Football Academy’s, Head of Sport Science, Tony Bryson and Club Captain Nicky Devlin, and have been gaining an insight into ways in which they can make their lifestyle healthier.