Burnley FC In the Community’s Extra Time group held their Christmas party at Turf Moor on Wednesday afternoon, with participants enjoying three hours of festive fun!
BFCitC’s award-winning Extra Time programme is aimed at the over the 50s which tackles issues of loneliness, social isolation and encourage increased physical activity among the senior community across Burnley and East Lancashire.
Taking place in the Trophy Room at the ground, those in attendance were treated to a delicious Christmas Dinner and a pudding, with bingo, pass the parcel, a raffle and pin the nose on the reindeer included.
Burnley FC U23 players Lewis Richardson, Harry Allen, Rob Harker, Ben Woods, Sam Unwin, and Joel Connolly also attended, along with their assistant manager and Clarets’ favourite, Andy Farrell.
It was a fantastic event, with group members and players alike joining in the fun and games!
Commenting on BFCitC’s Extra Time Christmas party, Farrell said: “I think It’s a big thing just to connect with the community, a few of the people that I’ve spoken to were probably watching the Football Club when I was playing, which was 30-years ago, but the younger lads were interested in meeting different people in the community itself around the area.
“We’ve done bingo, I was the bingo caller, we’ve done pass the parcel and we’ve just generally got round to meet a few of the people and talk to them.
“For the older generation, it’s good for them to meet the future players, so it is a good thing.”
Striker Richardson added: “It’s very important that we get involved with some of the people, to come here and give them some happy memories over Christmas time is brilliant.
“It’s a really good thing, and we’ve just come down and played a few games, we’ve played pin the nose on the reindeer, bingo and a raffle, so it’s been fun.”
The free sessions, organised by BFCitC’s friendly and dynamic team, are the ideal place for over 50s to come and meet new people and take part in a brilliant activities programme.
Extra Time participant Carole, who has been on the programme for six-years, praised BFCitC’s work in the local area.
She said: “I was one of the original ones when it started six-years ago, so I’ve been coming since then. I’ve been able to get to know people of a similar age, the men enjoy talking about football, we play some games and it’s just a nice, friendly atmosphere.
“The players were fabulous, we sat with a couple of them, and they were very friendly, they joined in with everything and they helped with the raffle, so it’s been nice.
“Burnley Football Club and Burnley FC In the Community are amazing with the activities they organise, there are lots of different age groups and a lot of people don’t realise how much goes on behind the scenes, and it’s superb.”
Head of Community Welfare and Inclusion at Burnley FC In the Community Michael Colquhoun added: “The participants who attend Extra Time are a fantastic group of people who come on a weekly basis to our sessions at Burnley Cricket Club.
“We really appreciated the players’ and Andy’s time today, which was well-received by all, and they were fully involved in the fun for the afternoon.”
For more information on all our Extra Time sessions, please contact Michael Colquhoun on M.Colquhoun@burnleyfc.com