Harrow teams up with Watford FC Trust for falls prevention project

A group of over-65s doing seated strength exercises with stretchy bands
Free exercise classes for the over 65s

A free exercise programme aimed at preventing falls in older people has been launched in Harrow

A free exercise programme aimed at preventing falls in older people has been launched in Harrow. In partnership with Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust, the Falls Preventions project will offer strength and balance sessions for the over 65s.

Harrow saw more than 1,145 emergency hospital admissions due to falls in the over 65s 2021-22, significantly more than the London and England averages.

Falls are associated with muscle weakness, poor balance, visual impairment, and medical conditions, which are more common as we age.

Cllr Pritesh Patel, Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Public Health, said:

“Falls can be devastating for older people but are often preventable. I’m pleased that we are supporting this falls prevention project. These exercise sessions can really reduce the risk as well as improving overall health.

“We have more than 40,000 residents over 65 in Harrow, and that number is predicted to grow. So this project can help a lot of people. Harrow is also home to 11,000 Watford FC supporters, so the club’s community sports trust are the perfect partners to deliver this programme in the borough.

“We all know someone who could benefit so I encourage people to spread the word about the programme to their friends and family.”

Classes will take place at Canons Community Association in Stanmore starting on 28 May and Cedars Youth and Community Centre from 15 April. More classes are planned across the borough later this year.

The project is funded by London Borough of Harrow and delivered by qualified instructors.

For more information, including how to book and refer, visit the Trust’s website or contact Shona McHale on 07510593192 or email fallsprevention@watfordfc.com

Published: 8th May 2024