QPR in the Community Trust and Parkview Health Centre in White City have announced two new community health initiatives to continue supporting the wellbeing of west London residents, young and old.
Parkview Centre for health and wellbeing is just a football kick away from QPR’s Loftus Road Stadium and is one of six health centres that West London Health Partnership has invested in.
QPR Community Trust and West London Health Partnership first joined forces in 2019 to help fund and deliver a range of projects centred around Parkview Health Centre to help support local residents, the NHS and local health priorities. The two further initiatives announced today include:
FIT FANS programme for men aged 35-65
- FIT FANS was established by the English Football League (EFL) as a free health programme for people aged 35-65 who are looking to lose weight, get fitter and lead a more active lifestyle
- Through partnerships with a range of clubs, EFL’s FIT FANS programme has helped thousands of fans achieve long-term health improvements – with support from Parkview Health Centre, QPR are the latest club to sign up
- Starting from Tuesday 13th September 2022, a group of 15-20 local residents will take part in a free 13-week ‘FIT RANGERS’ programme at Loftus Road, with a mixture of workshops on improving their health and lifestyle, and also physical activity sessions such as walking, circuit training and yoga
- Spaces for the September ‘FIT RANGERS’ course are filling fast and further programmes are also planned for January, potentially to also include a women’s programme – local residents can contact [email protected] to enquire about a free place on the next available course
Cook & Eat sessions for Phoenix Academy students
- With local authority figures showing that up to a third of children in Hammersmith & Fulham are overweight or obese, West London Health Partnership and QPR Community Trust set up ‘Cook & Eat’ to help tackle local health issues and give local students the skills and confidence to cook healthy and nutritious meals
- Cook & Eat is a free after-school club for Year 7, 8 and 9 students at Phoenix Academy in Hammersmith & Fulham. Managed by QPR Community Trust and teams from Parkview Health Centre, the sessions allow students to develop new cooking skills and also learn about food hygiene, how to shop healthily and household budgeting
- By learning how to cook healthy food, students are able to try out their new skills at home, with many parents saying that children were now cooking healthier foods for the family
- With the new school year underway, QPR Community Trust and West London Health Partnership have renewed their partnership for a fourth year and will continue Cook & Eat sessions throughout the 2022/23 academic year
West London Health Partnership general manager Andy Rowlands said: “Our health centres across west London already play a vital role in supporting community health.
“Our partnership with QPR allows us to reach even more local residents, so we are delighted to announce the new FIT FANS programme and to continue Cook & Eat sessions for another year.
“These fantastic new projects will help support the wellbeing of residents, young and old, as we continue to club together for community health with QPR.”
Sinead Friel from QPR Community Trust said: “We are thankful to West London Health Partnership and Parkview Health Centre for their continued support, and are delighted to deliver these free programmes to help improve the health and wellbeing of the local community in a sustainable way.”
West London Health Partnership investment partner Fulcrum are a leading investor in community healthcare facilities who have worked with Community Health Partnerships (a key part of the NHS family) to deliver more than 40 healthcare centres across England under the NHS LIFT Programme.