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Walking football creating healthier lives

A new scheme in Neath Port Talbot, jointly run by Swans Community Trust’s Hearty Lives project, is helping people stay healthy – cutting the risk of heart disease.

Walking football aims to get more people who are interested in sport, active and involved with exercise.

The programme runs at Llandarcy Sports Academy every Thursday afternoon from 3:30pm to 4:30pm with participation free for people who want to get involved.

Leonne Daniel, Hearty Lives project co-ordinator said:

“Walking football is one of the newest programmes that Hearty Lives is involved with, making sure people of all ages and abilities can get onto the football pitch at a walking pace.

“The programme is run in collaboration with Neath Port Talbot collage and the national exercise referral scheme every Thursday at Llandarcy Academy of Sport.

“Weekly exercise like this can and is helping people change lives, encouraging more in the Neath Port Talbot area to get regular exercise and keep fit and healthy.

“We want to get the message out to the wider community that this programme is here, part of the Hearty Lives project and available to get involved with.”

Hearty Lives is a programme set-up by the British Heart Foundation and co-ordinated by the Swans Community Trust, Neath Port Talbot CVS and NPT Pass team helping reduce the risk of heart disease.

Keith Jenkins, from Carmarthen has taken part in the Hearty Lives project for 6 months and believes it is helping change his life.

“The project has definitely helped me since it started.” He said

“Hearty Lives has given me education on exercise, the heart, advice of diet and cooking classes, taking part has even encouraged me to give-up smoking.

“Without a doubt, programmes like the walking football are helping me get active and meet new people.

“My advice is for people to come along and get involved, it could change your life with health, heart and mind.”

Leonne Daniel added: “It definitely makes a difference, Hearty Lives has probably helped hundreds of people lose weight, give-up drinking and smoking and get involved with form of regular physical exercise.”

Walking Football takes place at Llandarcy Academy of Sport every Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm

For more details on how to get involved and on the Hearty Lives project contact or 07876 885 194

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