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The Cancer and Rehabilitation Exercise (CARE) programme is for men and women living with Cancer.

Notts County FC Football in the Community (FITC) work in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to deliver this incredibly effective cancer programme. CARE uses physical activity to help patients during their recovery from cancer.  

CARE provides participants with a social environment to share stories, build strength and increase their confidence and self-esteem during a difficult period in their lives.

Participants can be referred before their treatment starts, meaning they can benefit from the programme before, throughout and after their treatment. However participants are welcome to join at any time.

Other programme benefits

Participants attending the weekly sessions also receive a complimentary fitness membership to Portland Centre. This includes:

  • Full use of a the cardio, weights and functional gyms
  • Use of the swimming pool
  • Access to over 20 fitness classes


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New findings from Macmillan Cancer Support reveal why some people with cancer struggle to get physically active, despite evidence published earlier this week showing that it can reduce the risk of cancer coming back and of dying from the disease. – Macmillan.org.uk

Betina Benski


I would definitely recommend this course to others for several reasons.  Firstly, it boosts physical well-being and secondly, it provides an opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences.  Going through cancer treatments can be very isolating so the sessions here at Portland help people to meet others whilst offering the benefits of exercise.

Gill Allan


The class is so friendly and the coaches are brilliant and very motivating. The laughter and camaraderie is the best medicine and so inspiring. Seeing others trying hard spurs you on. No one judges you, everyone is supportive we are after all in the same boat (albeit slightly different canoes). I am in better physical shape since participating, my range of movement has improved, along with stamina and [the programme] has proved I can push myself. CARE has increased my confidence, I had struggled alone for so many years my mobility decreasing, in pain and stiffness dominated my days. I am now happier and smiling even more than usual.

Graham Crisp


In 2015 I attended the Macmillan course on “Living with and Beyond Prostate Cancer”. As a result of the course, I realised that my biggest problem was the fatigue that I was suffering from as a result of the Hormone Treatment and that the best solution to fatigue was Physical Exercise. Fortunately, Football in the Community [FITC] had started the CARE Programme with Macmillan and I was given a FITC CARE leaflet during the programme. As I was somewhat reticent to join a Gym as an individual, I felt that a Programme specifically for Cancer patients was just what I needed and I joined the CARE Programme in June 2015.


Portland Centre

For women: Monday 10:00am – 11:30am

For women: Saturday 10:00am – 11:30am

For men: Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Mixed session: Friday 1:00pm – 2:30pm


Portland Centre
Muskham Street
NG2 2HB (2HE for sat navs)


You can refer yourself to this programme or ask your Macmillan Nurse to do so on your behalf.

Please click on the button below to either:

  1. Refer yourself using our online form today
  2. Download a self-referral form 

Once you have submitted your form the CARE Coordinator will be in touch to arrange a meeting.

If you have chosen to download the referral form – once you have completed it please email it to Emma Trent at Emma.Trent@nottscountyfitc.org.uk

Alternatively you can print out the form and send it to:

CARE Coordinator
Notts County FC Football in the Community
Portland Centre
Muskham Street




If you have any more questions then please contact us on 07534 135670 or 0115 905 5896.


Health ManagerEmma Trent

CARE Programme CoordinatorStephen List