A NEW partnership has formed between AFC Wimbledon Foundation and the Nelson Health Centre to help improve residents wellbeing.

AFC Wimbledon and the Nelson Health Centre will ‘Club Together For Community Health’ by delivering a range of physical, mental health and well-being activities for families in Merton.

The Nelson Health Centre has now formed a new partnership with AFC Wimbledon Foundation who deliver vital community-based activities and initiatives on behalf of the football club.

The partnership will use AFC Wimbledon Foundation’s huge reach with supporters, families and residents to raise awareness of the health services that the centre has to offer.

The Nelson plays a vital role in supporting community health with facilities including; GP surgeries and a pharmacy, mental health services, minor surgery facilities, support services for older people and a range of specialist outpatient clinics.

Wimbledon Times: Currently, the Nelson Health Centre is being used to administrate Covid-19 vaccinations to residents.Currently, the Nelson Health Centre is being used to administrate Covid-19 vaccinations to residents.

The Nelson and AFC Wimbledon partnership plans to support the community with a range of activities including:

  • Mid-week and evening affordable/free football or walking football programmes for targeted groups, including inactive adults, males over 50, women and patients from St George’s Hospital.
  • Health and fitness programmes for families and older residents such as Pilates, yoga and dance sessions
  • ‘Sporting Memories’ sessions to help with dementia support for local residents
  • Matchday activities at the Plough Lane Stadium such as health checks for supporters
  • Activities that support local health campaigns focusing on heart disease, nutrition, diabetes and mental health
  • Establishing a community sport and health activity hub at the new Plough Lane Stadium

Fiona Sutherland from AFC Wimbledon Foundation commented: “Using the recent momentum and excitement behind the opening of the new stadium at Plough Lane, the AFC Wimbledon Foundation is excited to be partnering with the Nelson Health Centre to help increase the health and wellbeing of football fans and local residents alike.

"Working hand in hand to showcase the services that the Foundation and the Nelson provide is going to be a win win situation for all residents in Merton.”

To build on these initial plans, The Nelson and AFC Wimbledon Foundation are asking residents to put forward ideas and suggestions of other health and well-being activities they

would like to see.

Residents can share their thoughts here.