We are constantly trying to support our local veterans and over 50’s participants/fans and with COVID restrictions beginning to tighten once again we thought we’d lift spirits and surprise some of them with their very own, brand new Nottingham Forest third kit.
Our ‘Forest Forces’ programme is designed to support local Veterans to lead a more healthy and connected life. We aim to tackle social isolation by providing a variety of regular activities and events that brings veterans together from different backgrounds and armed forces constituents. From coffee mornings, comedy nights and day trips, we work with our veterans to come up with different initiatives that everyone will enjoy.
In partnership with the EFL Trust we are also a part of the Tackling Loneliness Together programme which allows us to continue to support our elderly participants and fans across the community during these difficult times.
We have been doing everything we can to keep our veterans and over 50’s locals engaged and having fun whilst the pandemic carries on. Alongside, Nottingham Forest Football Club we have been doing a range of virtual activities, an over 50’s chair based exercise programme, socially distanced home visits, constant weekly communication and so much more. This week Nottingham was put into the ‘tier 2’ category for the new coronavirus system for the country and as tighter restrictions look to be coming into place we thought we’d surprise some of our veterans and over 50’s participants at their weekly Nottingham Forest walking football session.
The guys absolutely loved their new shirts and all expressed how grateful they were for the programme both before and during the pandemic. One of our Veterans who received a shirt, Gary Crosby said, “It’s been one of many great things the programme has provided us with. Forest Forces has helped me get back into football and keep fit at 62 years old, I’ve made some great new friends that I socialise with regularly and I’ve experienced opportunities that I never would have got to experience without it.”