Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s ‘Extra Time’ programme is offering people over the age of 50 in Shrewsbury a new lease of life, and you have to look no further than participant Alan Bowers to see the impact the sessions are having on those in the community.
Alan, 69, is a season ticket holder at Shrewsbury Town, but also an active member of the Extra Time programme.
Alan has been a regular participant at the club since it started five years ago, and up until recently was also a part of the Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s walking football team.
Extra Time, is aimed at getting those over the age of 50 involved in sporting activities and socialising, with sessions run every Thursday.
It’s not just limited to football, either. Alan and co find themselves doing a range of different activities each week, and whether it’s hockey, rounders, basketball, walking football or ten pin bowling, there’s something for everyone to get stuck into.
Speaking of the programme, Alan said: ”It’s such a good group of people, and they all get on with one another.
”It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, they just get out there, get some air in their lungs and just do something a bit different.”
When asked how much he has gained since joining Extra Time, he added: ”So much. Making friends, keeping healthy, keeping fit. When you retire, you get to a point of, ‘what do I do next?’
”You can’t go to a pub every day, can you?…Well maybe you can!
”But you don’t want to do that, you want to do something different. We want to do visits, we go to the pantomime every year at Theatre Severn and we have a trip every year.”
Joining Alan at Shrewsbury Powerleague every Thursday is Irene, 87, who has been part of Extra Time for four years.
Like Alan, Irene can’t speak highly enough of the sessions, and the group that she has become so close and friendly with.
”It’s the best club I’ve ever been to, it really is.” Irene said. ”It’s a laugh from the time you go in, to the time you go out, and everybody joins in.
”It doesn’t matter if you’re any good at it. I am no good at hitting the ball in rounders, the ball goes the wrong way!
”Everybody cares for one another, it’s great! If anybody is off colour or ill, we’ve got out phone numbers.”
For a healthy and youthful lifestyle, Irene insists Extra Time is the programme for you.
”It takes years off you! I always claim I’m 29! I’m 87 and I love it.
”The laughs you have, and the friends you make…A laugh a day makes all the difference.”
To find our more about Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s Extra Time sessions visit: https://www.shrewsburytowninthecommunity.com/activities/extra-time/