We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been successful in our application for a Community Grant from Dacorum Borough Council, enabling us to plan our “Kickabout” fitness initiative for the long term. The Community Grant scheme is designed to support community activities and improve the wellbeing of Dacorum residents; so far we have run three successful Over 30’s football sessions aimed at encouraging similarly aged/fit local people to get active with each other. The funding allows us to commit to block booking a long term facility and ensuring we have sufficient kit and equipment as the popularity of the sessions grow; we can also explore other opportunities to get people active such as women’s only football sessions and/or activities other than football, if there is sufficient interest. Hemel Hempstead Town FC have committed to making facilities available to us and so in partnership with both Dacorum Borough Council and Hemel FC, we’re delighted to announce that the “Fans Kickabout” we have trialled up until now will become “Community Kickabout”, continuing at the same 9pm slot on Monday evenings, on the newly laid FIFA Pro standard artifical grass at Vauxhall Road.

The TSC will set up a small sub-committee to oversee the running of Community Kickabout, ensuring that the organisation and effectiveness of the sessions is within the aims of the fitness initiative, that funds are appropriately managed, that we’re inclusive and that new ideas are considered/applied. If you are interested in being part of this sub-committee, please email: info@hemelfans.co.uk.

If you’re interested in organising/participating in a womens only small-sided football session as part of our initiative or if you have another fitness related activity that would be relevant to what we’re trying to achieve (in regards to age group and locale) then please email: info@hemelfans.co.uk

Our sessions are aimed helping Over 30’s get active because cardiovascular disease in people aged between 30 and 74 in Dacorum is statistically significantly higher than the averages for England and Hertfordshire and around 50,000 residents aged 50 and above suffer from a long-term health problem or disability. Regular exercise has also been shown to improve your ability to regulate your immune system, which may be essential for avoiding the severe symptoms of COVID-19. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown also hampered a lot of attempts to keep fit; our sessions for people who either want to get fit or are returning to fitness.

Adults should be participating in 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity (raised heartbeat, sweating e.g. brisk walking). It has been scientifically proven that being physically active can dramatically improve an individual’s physical health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer and of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 50%. It also improves mental health, helping to lower the risk of depression and reduces cognitive decline. Taking part in sport and physical activity can also boost productivity. Physical activity and sports participation can develop a sense of shared purpose and contribute to community cohesion. Sport is successful in bringing people from different communities together and forging strong, new friendships and creating a sense of pride and belonging within their communities.

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