Coventry City's community scheme Sky Blues in the Community (SBITC) has been awarded a grant for £9,536 towards funding a project aimed at providing regular sport and social activities for older people.
The programme is part of the Extra Time initiative that has been set up and funded by the the Football Foundation and Sport Relief. The programme runs across thirty schemes nationwide is strives to increase the participation of older people in social inclusion and physical activitiy projects.
Sky Blues in the Community's sessions will incorporate promoting physical activity amongst the over 55 age group by offering taster sessions in a number of low impact Olympic and Paralympic sports.
David Busst, Community Manager at Sky Blues in the Community said in a press statement: "This is a unique opportunity for us to work with the over 55's using the Olympics as a background to provide activities and exercise and engage this group in our work.
"The project will also provide the opportunity for more social activities for the over 55's and we will be inviting them to attend the Ricoh Arena on a number of occasions for matches, tours and events.
"We are working with a number of key partners locally to deliver this project, including Age UK Coventry and Coventry City Council, and hopefully the football club and Olympic fever can offer something attractive to compliment the many projects that are already out there for older people."