Saints Foundation delivered a Christmas present to treasure for participants on its Generation Gains programme, as they received a surprise visit from members of Southampton’s 1976 FA Cup-winning team.
Manager Lawrie McMenemy and three of his players from that famous side – goalkeeper Ian Turner, full-back David Peach and captain Peter Rodrigues – dropped in unannounced at St Mary’s to add a special touch to the project’s Christmas celebration.
Generation Gains, in partnership with the Zurich Community Trust, works with socially-isolated adults and NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) youngsters.
As well as helping those youngsters find employment via apprenticeships, in which they can gain further skills and qualifications, the programme also focuses on reducing social isolation for those above the age of 65, many of whom do not have friends or family to rely on.
A total of 315 people have engaged with Generation Gains across its three themes of seated exercise, activity sessions and walking sport, showing how in-demand the service is.
To celebrate the success of the programme this year, Saints Foundation invited its participants to St Mary’s for a Christmas celebration – with a few special guests.
As the event unfolded, Saints heroes McMenemy, Turner, Peach and Rodrigues arrived to socialise with the participants and also run their Christmas quiz.
It was all part of Southampton Football Club’s Wrapped in Red & White campaign, which celebrates and rewards the community, as well as individuals within it who live by The Southampton Way, and you can watch in full what happened in the above video.
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