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#StayIsolatedStayActive

Today Monday the 20th of April see’s the launch of the Fair Play Foundation #StayIsolatedStayActive Campaign that aims to encourage physical activity during this difficult time and attempts to celebrate the enjoyable and ingenious ways we are all finding to try and help maintain both our physical and mental health at this trying and difficult period.

Above, we have produced an activity video designed to help inspire and encourage you to keep up the activity’s even although we are on lockdown, so keep a watch for those videos and we look forward to seeing some of your home online activity videos so please lets us know what your doing.

Our #StayIsolatedStayActive initiative is established on the 2019 Physical Activity (PA) Guidelines established by the UK Chief Medical Officers. The emphasis is to focus on performing at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or perform at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity per week. This will help to develop and improve cardiovascular functioning. There is a strong body of scientific evidence that supports the engagement of physical activity protects against a range of chronic conditions. By meeting these guidelines we can reduce the risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes by up to 40%
  • Coronary heart disease by up to 35%
  • Depression by 30%

Additionally, there is a significant importance to maintain and develop muscular strength and balance for adults. The UK guidelines advise that we should perform strength-based exercises at least twice per week. This is important to help delay the natural decline in muscle mass and also bone density that starts around 50 years of age. Importantly, when we are engaging in our daily activity sessions please ensure you stay  2-metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.

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We all know that staying active can help you physically but did you know that by meeting your weekly activity goals you can also improve your mental health.

Exercise and Depression 

  •    A recent meta-analysis by Schuch et al. (2018) reported a positive relationship between physical activity and offering protection against the development of depression regardless of age or where you live. CKarmel Choi

Exercise and Stress

  •    It has also been suggested that performing physical activity can relieve tension and stress, enhance physical and mental energy levels through a chemical release process that occurs during the performed activity. Ayoub et al. (2015) reported that performing Yoga can lead to a reduction of stress levels and lessen negative feelings of anxiety and depression, improved sense of well-being, and better sensory-motor performance.

Additional Mental and Emotional Benefits of Activity 

  •    Improved memory, concentration and cognitive processing.
  •    Studies also suggest that performing physical activities can stimulate the growth of new brain cells and helps to counteract age-related decline.
  •    Improve self-esteem. When an activity becomes routine, it can promote greater self-worth and make you feel emotionally powered.
  •    Improved quality and depth of sleep. Even preforming short periods of physical activity can help regulate your sleep patterns. If you prefer to exercise at night, relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help improve sleep.
  •    Greater resilience. When confronted with mental or emotional challenges in life, physical activity can help you manage these challenges in a healthy way. Instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other adverse behaviours that may only worsen your symptoms.

For more information keep an eye on our twitter and Facebook feeds

Good luck and please #StayIsolatedStayActive

 

 

Get fit and healthy while having fun, Active8 programme now open!

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The Fair Play Foundation is delighted to announce that the preregistration for the next set of Active8 Centres are now open and taking bookings. The free health activity programme will be run out of centre in Stirling and Summerston Glasgow over the course of 12 weeks and will commence soon after the uplift of the Covid 19 lock-down in Scotland  .

The programme is open to all adults aged sixteen and upwards who are not currently participating in regular exercise or activity on a weekly basis, could be clinically diagnosed as overweight or obese and resides within the Stirling and Glasgow area.

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Unlike traditional health and well-being programmes where individuals are prescribed predetermined activity schedules, the individuals themselves within the Active8 groups will determine which activities they want to do over the course of the 12 week programme.

We want to give you the chance to try new activities and sports at an introductory level to find something that can give you that sense of enjoyment while knowing you are working towards creating a better and more active lifestyle for yourself while being supported by a group of like-minded people to help you improve your own quality of life. Participants in the programme will be provided with a knowledge base that will help in relation not only exercise but also with their day to day dietary and lifestyle choices going forward.

If this appeals to you and you are interested in getting involved in our new, fun and exciting programme where you determine your own activities with people in similar situations like you then please click on the link below to preregister and one of our Foundation staff will be in contact to finalise your registration.

TO PRE-REGISTER CLICK HERE

or call us on 0141 319 8927 to find out a little bit more about the project

We would also like to say a special thank you to our Project funders:

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Increased Funding To Tackle Anti-Sectarianism

SD Scotland are delighted to announce continued and increased funding for our Colours of our Scarves anti-sectarianism work.

Since 2013, Colours of our Scarves has covered a large area of Scottish football and worked with a number of stakeholders within the game to make it better for everyone.

Currently in its fourth year, Colours of our Scarves works with key stakeholders within Scottish sport to provide athletes, coaches, organisers and volunteers with a support mechanism, an educational tool and a opportunity for self-reflection and development with a focus on community impact and improving the learning and developmental environment for everyone involved.

The project consists of a variety of workshops, focus groups and mentoring schemes for sports participants, Sports coaches and organisers alike, with workshop and delivery projects tailored to the specific needs of the individual, club or association.

The funding for 18/19 allows us to develop our programme and increase provision of educational workshops for local sports clubs across the country.

Mark Reid, Project Manager for SD Scotland said: “Our engagement with football supporters across the country and some recent high-profile incidents enforce the fact that sectarianism remains a problem within our society.

“We’re therefore pleased this funding will enable us to continue to deliver our vital work with centres of higher and further education across the country, at the Scottish FA’s Schools of Football and also allow for the expansion of our delivery to include provision to local sports club across Scotland.”

The announcement of continued funding coincides with SD Scotland’s announcement to form the ‘Fair Play Foundation’, a charitable arm of our work which the Colours of our Scarves programme will sit within. You can find out more about the Fair Play Foundation here.

Fair Play Foundation to Support the Glasgow Community and Cooperative League’s Cup

  • SD Scotland launch new community foundation
  • Cup competitions to be renamed ‘Fair Play Foundation Cup’ and ‘Fair Play Foundation Challenge Shield’.

Partnership

Supporters Direct Scotland are pleased to announce their support for the Glasgow Community and Cooperative League’s Cup competitions. As part of a new partnership, the League’s annual Cup competitions are to be renamed the ‘Fair Play Foundation Cup’ and ‘Fair Play Foundation Challenge Shield’ respectively. The Fair Play Foundation is the name to be given to the organisation’s new community arm which will build upon the extensive work undertaken via their anti-sectarian ‘Colours of our Scarves’ project.

SD Scotland are a Community Benefit Society established to promote supporter involvement within governance and ownership of the Scottish national game. One of the organisation’s key objectives are to promote equality and tackling prejudice within all levels of Scottish sport. SD Scotland primarily carry this out through their ‘Colours of our Scarves’ programme, a Scottish Government funded project which promotes equality and aims to tackle discrimination of all kinds within Scottish sport. Five years into the Colours of our Scarves project, SD Scotland are keen to develop new and innovative community focused programmes which use sport to address society’s ills which sees the launch of their new ‘Fair Play Foundation’. The Foundation will in due course seek charitable status from the Scottish regulator for charitable bodies OSCR.

The launch this new development, The Foundation have formed a partnership with the Glasgow Community Co-operative League which aims to create an organised and well administered Sunday football competition where sides from across west central Scotland can take part in football regardless of age or ability, but more importantly, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Violence, intimidation and unsporting behaviour are sadly common aspects of Sunday League football in Scotland but are no welcome, nor tolerated in the GCCL.

As part of the partnership, The Fair Play Foundation will be streaming the finals (held June 3rd) of both the Fair Play Foundation Cup and Fair Play Foundation Challenge Shield via their social media platforms (@FairPlayFound and www.facebook.com/fairplayfoundation). Previous winners of the Cup include AC Kelvingrove, Kelvin Thistle, Dumbreck and Glasgow St.Pauli.

Project Manager for the Fair Play Foundation Mark Reid says:

“We have been supportive of the aims and the equality and fair play orientated objectives of the Glasgow Community and Cooperative League since its formation and through this partnership we are able support the fantastic work of the League and their annual Cup competition.”

Martin Tocker, founder of the Glasgow Community and Cooperative League says:

“We’re delighted for the league to have an association with Supporters Direct Scotland and the Fair Play Foundation. It is partnerships like these that I had always hoped for when we created the GCCL. A lot of our teams see the football as almost secondary to a much more important cause, for example United Glasgow, Glasgow on the Ball and Saltire Thistle to an extent. All of our teams take part and play with the right spirit and ethos. The donations that the competing players and fans brought along for our foodbank donation at December’s finals were overwhelming and say a lot about the type of people we have involved in our teams”