Tuesday, 18th April 2017, 10:30am – 12:10pm
Physical Literacy & Football Memories
After a break over the Easter weekend, the Trusted Trophy Tour returned with a trip to Cappielow to see Greenock Morton Community Trust engaging simultaneously with children as young as 18 months and adults as old as 80 through their Physical Literacy programme and Football Memories project in association with Alzheimer Scotland.
The Trust's Physical Literacy programme is aimed at children aged as young as 18 months up to the age of four and focuses on fundamental movement skills and trying to make exercise a way of life.
On the day, a group of smiling children from Madeira Nursery got the chance to take part in a session on the Cappielow pitch. There was then a unique opportunity for the kids and their parents to get pictures with the trophies both on the pitch and inside the Morton home dressing room.
Paddy McAlees, Project Worker at Greenock Morton Community Trust revealed how the Physical Literacy sessions began and how they have grown rapidly.
He said: "We identified that there are about 20 nurseries in the area and there was an opportunity where we felt a physical activity programme could develop. We carried out some pilots with the nurseries and the feedback we got was excellent.
"The programme is now well established in Inverclyde and has been through all the nurseries for about two years now. We are reaching about 1000 kids per week which is really impressive.
"For any kid, the main important thing is that they have a good, healthy living habit and understand what's good for them.
"If we get them in early and relate to things they're taught in school then we can hopefully stand them in good stead for the future".
While the children enjoyed their session on the Cappielow pitch, the Trust's Football Memories session, in association with Alzheimer Scotland, was taking place inside the Cappielow boardroom.
This is a dementia programme which is aimed at trying to stimulate memories through looking at football programmes, pictures and stadiums.
We've got four main strands here at the Community Trust: football and hockey, education, health and employability.
There is even time for the participants to stop for a pie and Bovril to stimulate memories through smell while talking about the good old days and the beautiful game.
Brian McLaughlin, Development Manager at Greenock Morton Community Trust spoke of the wide reach of the Trust's programmes.
"No matter what age and stage you are at in your life you can come here to learn and progress and hopefully take something away from it with a smile," he said.
"We open the full club up to the community. We've got four main strands here at the Community Trust: football and hockey, education, health and employability.
"We've got a wide range of programmes for children as young as 18 months and adults of all ages which show you the community can all come together and learn under the Morton badge.
"When I first started here Cappielow was a hidden ground, it was closed apart from at 3 o'clock on a Saturday and now we try to open the stadium up Monday to Friday as well as a Saturday and Sunday to let people come and learn."
One of the highlights of the day was a special appearance from "Mr Morton" himself, Allan McGraw, who took the time to take pictures with the excited kids and share stories with the adults taking part in the Football Memories project.
Children from Madeira Nursery will be taking part in Physical Literacy session with coach Paddy.
This programme is aimed at two to four year olds.
Greenock Morton Community Trust has compiled a research paper in conjunction with a top Scottish sports scientist analysing the benefits of this programme.
Community coaches deliver Physical Literacy in local nurseries on a daily basis across Inverclyde, with an emphasis on fundamental movement skills.
Greenock Morton are also looking to welcome participants to it's Football Memories project on the day. More details will follow.
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Our purpose is to use football’s unique presence to assist Scotland’s people to achieve their goals and improve their life chances.
Our vision is to work with SPFL clubs to use the unique power of football to engage with communities.