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FORMER LIVERPOOL AND REPUBLIC OF IRELAND DEFENDER MARK LAWRENSON AT THE DW STADIUM ON TUESDAY AS PART OF EFL EXTRA-TIME HUB LAUNCH

17 June 2019

European Cup winner to help launch the Extra-Time Hub at the DW Stadium on Tuesday (1pm – 3pm) for Over 55s.

  • Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson at the DW Stadium on Tuesday as part of the EFL’s Extra-Time Hub launch
  • The Extra-Time Hub is targeted at over 55s in the Wigan area who are looking to get involved in activities such as quizzes, games, arts and crafts, music, singing, table tennis, badminton, films, stadium tours and more!
  • For more information about the Extra Time Hub, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Extra Time Hub Activator Christine Blundell on c.blundell@wiganathletic.com or call 01942 318090.

A number of EFL Clubs will come together this week to launch ‘Extra Time Hubs’, which are designed to engage retired and semi-retired people and combat loneliness and inactivity.

Studies show that 42% of those over the age of 55 are inactive. EFL Trust’s own research revealed many people would like the opportunity to meet peers to feel less isolated, live well and do things they enjoy.

Launched to coincide with Loneliness Awareness Week, the Extra Time Hubs will harness the unique assets of the EFL Club Community Organisations (CCOs) network to bring older people together and provide a range of activities that could benefit their physical and mental health. Activities vary from quizzes to arts and crafts and even bungee jumping!

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson will be at the DW Stadium on Tuesday as part of the EFL’s Extra-Time Hub launch (1pm – 3pm).

Funded with the support of Sport England’s Active Ageing fund from the National Lottery, Hubs will initially be created at 12 CCOs across the country, harnessing the power of football in local communities. All 12 Extra Time Hubs will hold launch events at their respective grounds throughout this week.

Director of Operations at EFL Trust, Mike Evans said, “We have a big ambition - to help older people to benefit from a national movement of Extra Time Hubs that will make a positive difference to how thousands can enjoy their later years. Extra Time Hubs will enable people to decide which activities they want to do and not be prescribed for them as well as giving people the opportunity to meet like-minded people and feel less isolated.”

For more information about the Extra Time Hub, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Extra Time Hub Activator Christine Blundell on c.blundell@wiganathletic.com or call 01942 318090.

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