Originally launched in 2018 as a pilot project, LFC Foundation’s MOVE programme uses the power of football and the LFC badge to appeal to young Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Asthma and Endocrine patients; encouraging them to partake in physical activity, not only to improve their quality of life, but critically to help increase their life expectancy.
Patients enrolled on the MOVE programme are referred directly by Alder Hey and take part in fun multi-sports sessions with LFC Foundation coaches after their scheduled check-ups with a team of specialists, including a dietician, physiotherapist, respiratory consultant, nurse specialist and psychologist.
The coaches also encourage patients to get involved in other physical activity sessions outside of hospital and provide information on a variety of sports activities taking place in their local community, delivered by the LFC Foundation and other community organisations.
This year to date, the LFC Foundation has worked with over 80 young patients in person, provided tailored one to one sessions, and delivered over 50 virtual sessions for patents and their families to access remotely at home.
The LFC Foundation is now expanding its MOVE programme, which is funded by the LFC Foundation, Alder Hey and the Premier League Professional Footballers' Association, to reach and support more young people and their families in the local community.
Next month, LFC Foundation coaches will start delivering face-to-face weight management sessions at Anfield Sports and Community Centre. These sessions will provide families, who have been referred by Alder Hey, with specific, bespoke support around nutrition and exercise.
Matt Parish, Chief Executive, LFC Foundation, said: “To see the progression and success of the MOVE programme over the past few years has been fantastic. We are looking forward to expanding MOVE into the local community to broaden our support further.
“The Foundation and the club have a longstanding relationship with Alder Hey and it is a privilege to be able to work alongside their talented and committed staff to deliver this programme collaboratively to help young patients and their families.”
Luis Barry is one young patient who has benefitted from the MOVE programme, after he was referred by physiotherapists from the hospital’s Asthma clinic in August. Since starting the programme Luis has been moved from the multi-disciplinary asthma service, which is for patients whose asthma has a history of being difficult to control at to a routine clinic, showing that his condition has become better controlled for.
Luis’ mum told the LFC Foundation that since starting the programme “Luis’ confidence and ability has improved, his competitive spirt has come out and he has learnt to manage his breathing whilst exercising. His increased activity has also helped to improve his sleep as well as improve his overall condition. I am over the moon with his achievements and I’m thankful for the MOVE programme.”
Adam Walsh, Physiotherapist in Cystic Fibrosis at Alder Hey, added: “This year, Alder Hey and the LFC Foundation have re-launched and expanded the MOVE project to support more patient groups as well as incorporating virtual sessions to promote activity. The project now supports children with complex asthma under the MDAS team at Alder Hey, as well as those in the LOOP endocrine service alongside children and young people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
“For each of these patient groups, exercise and the support for participation in activity is vitally important. The MOVE project has been a great resource for our children in this aspect and the coaches provide positive role models and encouragement to help our children achieve greater levels of activity to benefit their overall health and wellbeing.”
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