As part of the Leyton Orient Trust’s outreach work in the community, it aligned with the local Asian Women’s Support Group, led by Amarjit Kaur, to help support the ladies to lose weight, increase fitness levels and improve their health and fitness knowledge plus make small changes to help them live a healthier lifestyle.
The Trust have been working with the group to increase the activity levels of women, trying out a range of sport based activities and ran a 12-week football fans in training session with them alongside ‘soccercise’- exercise fun using a football and football based techniques.
Phillip Smith, head of Health and Wellbeing at the Trust, said, “It’s been great to work with Amarjit and the Asian women’s support group to set up these sessions. Over the past 12 weeks the group have been able to try out a range of activities, helping to build an enjoyable and positive experience around physical activity along with an understanding and deeper knowledge of how to make healthier lifestyle choices. It’s been lovely to see the group develop and see the impact it has made on their health. We are always keen to explore ways we can work with local groups to achieve positive outcomes for the community and this project is another excellent example of the impact partnership working can make”.
One of the happy ladies, Manjit, commented, “The sessions were excellent. It was really interesting learning how to make healthier food choices and doing it together in a group made it lots of fun. I really enjoyed playing football and tennis; two sports I’d never tried out before. It was also great to attend my first ever football match too”.
And Parm added, “I have become more active and have improved my diet. I still have some bad habits to get over in consuming food but I know they are bad now though through the knowledge I’ve gained on the course! I’ve also made lots of new friends through the programme too”.
The ladies were invited to the game versus Grimsby and enjoyed a day out watching the O’s as guests of the club and in celebration of reaching their 12-week goal. Hosted in the Fans for Diversity hub, Amarjit said, “The benefits to the women participating have been so positive. They have not only built on their awareness of health and diet and gotten fitter by also it has helped with their self-confidence. And we are loving today, for most our first live football match here at Orient even though most of us have lived locally for many years”.
Helping to deliver the project were LOT coaches Kim Evans and Kerri St Rose and during the 12-week period, the group lost a total of 22kg.
If you would like more details of the variety of health and wellness projects provided by LOT, please contact Phill Smith on 020 8556 5973 or email [email protected]