Health and Wellbeing

GameChanger is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Edinburgh and the Lothians through encouraging participation in physical activity, through tackling social isolation, and through working with others to help tackle health issues such as diabetes and improving our mental health.

We are working with a number of partners on a number of projects, harnessing the power of football to encourage people to get involved.

Free weekly fitness classes, a ground-breaking project to improve social cohesion amongst men in their middle years, promoting suicide prevention and positive mental health through football, and encouraging matchday supporters to take part in basic health checks have all featured.

Activity has taken place both at Easter Road Stadium and at the Hibernian Training Centre, touching the lives of hundreds of people in a positive way.

Fit for Life

Our Fit for Life training takes place free of charge every Tuesday evening, with around 60 people taking part every week.

The project grew from the national Fit Fans project, aimed at men needing to lose weight, but now we are seeing women make up around half of those attending.

AN AVERAGE OF 65 PEOPLE ATTEND OUR FIT FOR LIFE SESSIONS

Matchfit

Matchfit Health Checks in conjunction with the NHS and Community Pharmacy Scotland have been run at the stadium in recent years, encouraging fans to get involved in blood pressure checks, smoking cessation and looking at their alcohol intake. Further initiatives are being planned.

AROUND 14,000 PEOPLE OFFERED HEALTH CHECKS EACH HOME MATCH

Scott Allan, a player who has to manage histo perform at elite level, approached GameChanger to offer his services. Working with our NHS clinical partners, GameChanger arranged an event for children who were identified by clinicians as struggling to manage their condition.

An attendance of around 40 in total (children and their families) was anticipated by clinical staff. The player was briefed on appropriate messages. In actual fact the event attracted in excess of 300 people, including more than 100 children, and included patients who had not been seen by doctors for some time. The outcomes were exceptionally positive.

The Changing Room

TheScottish pilot, funded by Movember, was a project run by SH in partnership with the SPFL Trust at Hibernian FC. It has been supported by the Club and GameChanger and sees men in their middle years come together to share experiences to support more positive mental health through a 12-week programme. It is now being rolled out to clubs across the country.

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