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“Unbelievabowls” – FITC host their first CARE Christmas Social at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre

On Monday 11th December, Notts County Football in the Community’s CARE team were on a Christmas mission to bring a little festive cheer to those affected by cancer with a free bowls session at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre.

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Merry Christmas from everyone at FITC and the CARE programme

A first for FITC, the indoor bowls session provided the perfect activity for participants looking to keep fit and try their hand at a new low impact, fun social sport. Attended by Magpie legends Brian Bates and Mick Rose, participants enjoyed a morning of bowls, raffles and a festive buffet to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Notts County FITC’s CARE programme aims to help people who have had, living with or are undergoing treatment for cancer to benefit from physical activity. Physical activity helps to prevent and manage many of the short term and long term consequences of treatment, such as fatigue, depression, muscle wasting and heart damage. Keeping active also reduces the risk of developing other conditions, such as diabetes, and can help reduce the risk of cancer recurrence.

The Macmillan CARE programme aims to achieve these benefits by providing a tailored activity programme which includes one-to-one and group activities such as badminton, circuits and swimming. Participants in the programme, which is a partnership between Macmillan and Notts County Football in the Community, have reported a 56% decrease in levels of fatigue as a direct result of taking part in the Macmillan CARE programme’s exercise sessions.

Since its launch in January 2015, more than 272 people have engaged with the CARE programme, including Kathryn Houghton from Newark who has seen fantastic progress during her time on the CARE programme; “I knew from the induction that I would be in a supportive and tailored programme. I had not been a fan of sports at school so I was worried it would be like a gym lesson, but need not have worried as it is so much fun!” Kathryn added; “Christmas can be a very difficult time for people affected by cancer with many feeling under pressure to get ‘back to normal’ and enjoy the day while still coping with unpleasant side effects and depleted energy levels. I’m pleased to say that participants will be able to enjoy a more energized Christmas this year!”

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Participants on the FITC CARE programme enjoyed a morning of bowls and refreshments at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre

Stephen List, Macmillan CARE Programme Coordinator at Notts County FITC said: “This project is having a really positive impact on the lives of people affected by cancer in Nottinghamshire and it’s amazing to see the transformation in fitness, strength and self-esteem. As well as a significant decrease in levels of fatigue, participants also said the programme has boosted their confidence, not only in exercising but also in everyday life.

For more information about the Macmillan CARE Programme contact Stephen List, Macmillan CARE Programme Coordinator, on 07534135670 or email sl@nottscountyfitc.org.uk. Alternatively there is a self-referral form HERE. Also, CLICK HERE to read, and watch videos, about the project.

To learn more about the Macmillan Cancer Partnership in Nottinghamshire you can visit their website HERE.

FITC would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and thank you to Community Partner, VF Northern Europe Limited for sponsoring the event.

CARE Nottingham Indoor Bowls Centre
Despite the freezing weather outside, the bowls competition inside was hotting up!