Burnley FC Veterans’ Project – grant awarded May 2019
Burnley FC's Veterans' Football Project aims to support individuals who have left the forces, and their families, to improve their physical, mental and social health.
Burnley FC's Veterans' Football Project allows those who have served to stay fit, socialise and gives them the opportunity to represent Burnley FC in the Community against other community teams.
Thanks to this grant from The Veterans Foundation, The Burnley FC Veterans' Project can give their veterans football team access to a competitive league and regular training sessions.
Burnley FC Veterans' Project recognises the importance of long-term health for veterans after leaving the forces. The grant supports the Veterans Project in providing instructor-led fitness and well-being sessions along with bespoke nutritional advice for veterans and their partners.
In order to help combat the struggles veterans often face adjusting to civilian life after their time in the forces, this project gives its participants opportunities to come together and take part in physical challenges as a group.
In the words of one participant Liam: “The football project has brought me out of my skin socially outside of work and helped me to get fitter. The best thing is that Veterans get to socialise and enjoy each other’s company. Civilian life can be isolating at times but with the programme, it gives you a chance to chat and makes things easier.”
Veteran Andy told us: “After leaving the army many years ago I have missed the friendships, support and team ethic. Joining the football project has brought back the fun, the banter and belonging with a little old-fashioned competitive edge.”