Twice a week, Joan Shewry joins our Health team in the city to keep fit by taking part in circuit training and walking football. But, it’s the latter that is closest to her heart.
Three years ago her husband, Ron, living with dementia, joined this session and Joan, who took him to Goals! Southampton in Milbrook saw the spark in his eyes return.
Speaking about that day, she remarked: “As soon as he had a ball at his feet he was a different man. It was great to see him socialising with others.
“He really loved football throughout his life and gave him real joy to play again. The session is a real credit to Saints Foundation.”
Our walking sports sessions, which take place across the city, cater for people in later life who want to play fun, free and relaxed sports whilst being able to socialise with like-minded individuals.
But, 18 months ago, after losing her husband, Joan found solace in the group that had welcomed in Ron so well before.
“They were so kind to me,” she enthused. “I may not be the best footballer but it has kept me fit. I now do circuits as well with Saints Foundation – they have been such a great benefit to me and my health.
“I love the Foundation and what they do.”
Finding her feet during the walking football sessions, Joan has now gone onto represent Saints Foundation at Staplewood against other Premier League walking football clubs as well as going to the London Stadium to play against West Ham United.
Do you want to join in one of walking sessions across the city? We welcome all abilities to play and socialise – if you want to know more, contact Paul Hedges at [email protected]