Foundation :: Health and Wellbeing
This series of projects provides health programmes each running for ten weeks for some 20 participants. The following topics are covered.
weight management and nutrition
blood pressure and cholesterol management
drug awareness and
sexual health information - in particular awareness of testicular cancer
Each programme provides an initial health and fitness assessment of each participant, and this is used as the benchmark for continuing evaluation. At the end of the ten-week programme, each participant undergoes the same health and fitness assessment and the differences are evaluated.
The improvement in the participants' health has always been significant, with all participants reducing their weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Live Better, Live Healthier
The inspiration for this series of programmes was the 'Live better, Live healthier' programme developed by Celtic and in association with the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow. The participants were from Glasgow and district. Football and the Celtic name were used as the attraction for 40 to 60 year-old men – who had been reluctant to visit a GP –to focus on health issues.
Fit for Life
These were similar health and fitness programmes aimed at adults living in the west of Glasgow. Celtic works in association with West Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership and Glasgow Community Planning Partnership (West).
Dublin Health and Wellbeing Programme
These programmes give men aged 18 and over, in Dublin's North Inner City, the chance to experience how small lifestyle changes such as becoming more active, eating a balanced diet, drinking responsibly and giving up smoking can lead to positive health benefits. These are run in partnership with the Larkin Centre, the Health Service Executive and Pfizer Healthcare.
CELTIC AGAINST DRUGS
Celtic Against Drugs is a thirty-week diversionary education programme in partnership with the Scottish Government. It provides football coaching and drug education to P5 children in 45 primary schools in the most deprived areas of Glasgow.
The 'Celtic Against Drugs' project combines football coaching with educational messages on drugs and alcohol with positive promotion of healthy lifestyles. The project is primarily delivered by Celtic Community Academy coaches, with inputs from the Glasgow Council on Alcohol and Strathclyde Police.
Each school-based session comprises an initial discussion and imparting of key educational messages. This is followed by a football coaching session, in which these messages are reinforced. Each session concludes with a recap of essential messages.
Feedback from children has been extremely positive. An independent, external evaluation of how effective the children thought the programme had the following results.
100% found that their knowledge of drugs had increased because of the project, with 75% claiming a significant increase
100% thought that their knowledge of diet and nutrition had increased because of the project, with 75% claiming a significant increase
88% thought that the information they received as part of the 'Celtic against Drugs' programme was likely to influence their lifestyle (i.e. participate in more sport, eat healthier, etc), with 37% claiming 'significantly'
100% thought that their knowledge of exercise had increased because of the project, with 87% claiming a significant increase
Celtic's Commitment to the Community
'Over the past few years, I have been involved in a range of projects with Celtic Football Club and continue to be impressed by the quality and consistency of planning and delivery. The Club's drive to work in partnership with local and national organisations and its use of positive role models to promote various healthy lifestyle and anti-sectarian messages to young people in our schools, should be commended.'
Alistair Ramsay MBE, Chairman and Chief Executive of Drugwise Ltd (and former Director of Scotland against Drugs)
Celtic has worked in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council Education Services, Glasgow Council on Alcohol and Strathclyde Police.