30, May, 2022
As a Foundation we run a L.I.F.E programme (London Irish for everyone) where we approach and support the most vulnerable, less active, and those at risk of isolation and loneliness, in our communities.
The aim of the project is to support those over 60 and those in our society who are most vulnerable to isolation and inactivity.
During these sessions at the local day center we do exercise sessions, walk and talk sessions, quizzes, bingo and player engagement.
Part of the programme, at the request of the group was for a professional rugby player to come in and talk about his life behind rugby. Initially the group consisted of only ladies but as soon as Lucas Brooke and Alex James made an appearance the men suddenly got involved and wanted photographs and signed rugby balls.
After the success of the players visiting the day center, it was decided to bring the group to Hazelwood Centre, the home of London Irish, to watch the whole squad train and have some lunch with the players and a tour around the training ground.
In the future, we look to grow the programme to other centers, the scheme has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and we're now actively seeking funding to continue and develop the programme.
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