GQA, the leading provider of qualifications for the window and door industry, has put its support behind a growing community initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles by sponsoring a classical new football kit.
CEO Mick Clayton was proud to be involved in the launch of the new kit, modelled on the classic 1970’s Brazil strip when he donned the new ‘Fit Reds Veterans’ football team strip at the home of Barnsley FC.
The team consists of men who have completed the healthy lifestyles programme delivered by Barnsley FC Community Sports and Education Trust and PSS (Personal Shaped Support), and supported by the British Heart Foundation.
The veterans regularly play friendlies with other men’s health schemes and other football clubs such as Wigan Athletic, Scunthorpe United and Liverpool, and are about to take part in a tournament in Holland.
The programme and the friendlies are a real motivator for men to get fit and keep fit; to be a part of a social network; and to have the opportunity to visit and play at other professional football grounds.
Mick completed the healthy lifestyles programme himself in March 2014 and was keen for GQA to get more involved, “The programme is a great way for the over-35s to give themselves a kick in terms of their health and fitness, and sponsoring the purchase of the veteran’s strip was a great way to give something back to the programme”.
“The programme’s link with the British Heart Foundation was also a big plus factor for us at GQA with our ex-CEO’s untimely passing in 2013 from heart related issues.”
“I would encourage as many of our colleagues as possible in the window and door industry to get involved in these types of schemes. It is great fun but also delivers a serious point in that it provides a healthier lifestyle and a level of fitness which can only benefit us all in our increasingly busy day to day lives”.
GQA are also a part of the GM fundraising 5 a side tournament at Birmingham City FC in May.
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