Derby County legends Roger Davies and Roy McFarland are joining older people from across Derby to launch a popular fitness and well-being programme – including taking part in the growing phenomenon of walking football.

The club’s official charity, Derby County Community Trust, developed the free ‘Forever Active’ programme alongside Derby City Council to boost the wellbeing of over 60s in the city through weekly social walking football and stability classes.

The event on Tuesday 22 February at Derby Arena will see the Forever Active programme link up with Methodist Housing Association’s Live at Home scheme members who have taken part in focus groups to help shape the future of the programme.

Forever Active participants and members of MHA’s Derby East and Derby West Live at Home schemes will have a go at walking football with former DCFC players, Roger Davies and Roy McFarland, as well as taking part in a question and answer session.

There will also be the opportunity for older people to take part in chair-based exercises, enjoy tours of Pride Park Stadium and take wellbeing checks.

Jack Bell, Physical Activity and Health Advisor at Derby County Community Trust said:

We are really looking forward to the event and extending the offer of our already established Forever Active Programme.

Roger and Roy are big supporters of what Forever Active can achieve with the older generations of Derby and it is great to have MHA on board to further develop this across the city.

Councillor Martin Repton, Cabinet Member for Integrated Health and Care at Derby City Council added:

There is strong evidence that remaining active helps lower the risk of developing health conditions and reduces the risk of falling.  Forever Active offers a fantastic opportunity for older people in Derby to keep healthy, active and independent and we hope this event inspires people to take part.

Sue Meehan, Live at Home area manager, said:

We have been delighted that our members have been taking part in helping shape the Forever Active programme for older people in Derby.

Through our work with older people we know how important it is for them to not only take part in physical exercise but also activities that are social to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation that older people can face.

To find out more about Forever Active, please call 01332 416140, email or visit the Derby County Community Trust website.

Published: Monday 20th February 2017