Tuesday, 25th April 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
GameChanger Fit For Life Programme with NHS Lothian
The sun was shining on Leith for the Trusted Trophy Tour's visit to Easter Road for the Fit for Life project which is part of Hibernian's partnership with NHS Lothian and their GameChanger Programme.
On the night, around 50 people took part in a circuit's class right beside the Easter Road pitch as the coaches put them through their paces. Exercises included ladders, press ups, boxing and laps around the full pitch.
The event also saw the BBC Radio Scotland Sportsound team broadcast their show live from the side of the pitch where they discussed Hibernian's GameChanger Programme, the SPFL Trust's Trusted Trophy Tour and all things football.
The Fit for Life sessions are held on a weekly basis and after an hour of physical activity, the participants go inside to take part in another session which usually takes the form of an advice session which offers help with practical life skills such as nutrition, health, energy saving and stopping smoking.
Head of Special Projects at Hibernian, Laura Montgomery, explained: "I look after our public social partnership, GameChanger, a partnership between the football club, Hibernian Community Foundation and NHS Lothian.
"We do a lot of different projects; tonight we have our Fit For Life project which is a pitch side fitness activity for anyone.
"We always have anything between 50 and 70 people taking part every week. There are loads of girls; there are loads of guys and also a great mix of ages. The thing you notice is that everyone has become really good friends. It's as much socially connecting as it is exercising."
The draw of the stadium brings people in. It's our team and it's the badge that draws you in, keeps you here and gets you coming back.
According to the Hibernian website, "Fit for Life is not about how you look or what you wear, but how you feel and exercising weekly and engaging with new people is the best recipe for happiness."
This was a message that was clear to see with a great mixture of people taking part in the project, all socialising and having a great time together while getting fit.
Stephen Harold is one of the circuit coaches with the Fit For Life project.
"We do fitness circuits that work on every part of your body. I've been through it myself but unfortunately I got an injury so that's why I took over coaching," he explained.
"The draw of the stadium brings people in. It's our team and it's the badge that draws you in, keeps you here and gets you coming back. Speaking from personal experience there's been a lot of new friendships being made with people that you never knew."
Many of the participants that took part in the Fit For Life session were life-long Hibees themselves and they were treated to a special appearance from defender, Darren McGregor, who was more than happy to pose for pictures and sign autographs alongside the SPFL trophies.
At Easter Road we're finding out about Hibernian's partnership with NHS Lothian and their GameChanger programme, with a particular focus on their Fit For Life project.
Participants are engaged in a programme of physical activity pitchside and in the concourses at Easter Road, before they take part in an advice session providing practical tips on key life skills.
The SPFL Trust works in partnership with Scotland’s 42 professional clubs and external agencies to promote, support, fund and administer activities which help meet the identified social needs of the people of Scotland.
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.