Last Thursday, during the EFL’s Launch week for the Extra Time Hub projects around the country, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust launched their very own Extra Time Hub with 25 people participating in a tour of the University of Bolton Stadium.
Having run for the last 12 weeks under the stewardship of Extra Time Hub Activator Carl Halliwell, the Hub launch proved to be a great success with a number of new faces arriving to get involved in the momentous occasion.
The project was an initiative created by the EFL with the aim of preventing loneliness and isolation amongst the over 55 age group, promoting physical activity and socialisation. The sessions are carried out by twelve EFL clubs around the country – from as far south as Plymouth Argyle, and as northward as Sunderland.
Carl Halliwell was noticeably pleased with how the launch went and he offered his thoughts to bwct.co.uk:
‘It has gone fantastic, I’m really happy. We’ve had 25 people come down to the stadium today and we managed to take them around on a stadium tour.’’
‘The weather has been kind to us and we’ve seen some smiles on faces!’’
On the day of the tour, shortly after it had finished we also spoke to Ivy – Ivy is a regular Extra Time Hub participant and a massive Bolton Wanderers supporter, and despite living a distance away from the University of Bolton Stadium she keeps coming back.
She said: ‘My two favourite bits of the tour were; firstly, the changing rooms. It was really good to see the contrast between the home and away changing rooms.’
‘The gantry as well. To get an oversight of how big and fantastic our ground is, was amazing!’
‘It’s just nice to come along relax, and speak to people. Not necessarily about Bolton Wanderers, just about anything.’
‘You can come and have a chat, have a brew and join in the activities. If you want to do anything, you just have to mention it and Carl (Halliwell) will take it on board and do it for you. So, it’s really good fun!
Check out some of the best images from the stadium tour, below: