Parkinson’s UK Sessions a Success at Redditch United

We’re delighted with our Parkinson’s UK weekly sessions that we host alongside Worcester Warriors Foundation and Worcestershire County Cricket.


Each Monday afternoon, we host sessions for those that live with Parkinson’s to enjoy the social benefits and to participate in a bit of football, rugby and cricket. The sessions are a fantastic way to create valuable memories for people living with Parkinson’s and their families, whilst participating in physical activity which is shown to have multiple benefits.
We’re able to put on these sessions completely free of charge thanks to being awarded a funding grant from Parkinson’s UK.

If you are interested in finding out more or are interested in participating or believe you know someone who would benefit, please contact our Community Officer Balvinder Shekhon, email balvinder.shekhon@redditchunited.co.uk

Read the thoughts below of Redditch United, Worcester Warriors Foundation and Worcestershire County Cricket on the collaboration.

Balvinder Shekhon, Redditch United Community Officer, said; “This is another opportunity for us to support our community and create inspiring experiences. We welcomed eight enthusiastic participants this week, who took part in a variety of multi-sport activities. As the sessions progress, we hope more people will join us and create a movement of awareness about this disease. This further highlights the club’s commitment to communities and collaboration with our amazing delivery partners”.

Chris Stephenson, Adapted Sports Lead for Worcester Warriors Foundation, commented; “The main attraction is the fun aspect of our Parkinson’s Sports sessions, in simple terms it’s basically a youth centre for people living with Parkinson’s and their families. It’s a place for participants to attend with their family members and create new memories in a fun, safe environment. Physical activity is shown to slow the disease process, decreases the pain associated with Parkinson’s disease, prolongs the independent mobility (gait, balance, strength) and improves sleep, mood, memory hence improving the overall quality of life”.

Elsa-Marie Evens, Development Manager at Worcester Cricket’s Community said: “This project is an excellent example of organisations coming together to support the local community of Redditch and surroundings. We know the positive impact that physical activity can have on people’s physical and mental well-being. We know that physical activity can be particularly beneficial for those who are living with Parkinson’s. I’m proud that we are providing sessions that are person centred and a great opportunity for people to stay active and socialise. It’s been great to see so many people getting active and giving the sessions a go, I’m really excited to see how the programme progresses.”

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