IFA offers 'A Wee Football Chat' to the socially isolated
The Irish Football Association has launched a campaign aimed at tackling social isolation during the current coronavirus crisis.
Many people in Northern Ireland who live alone, or elderly couples who are socially isolated, often use football as a means to get out and about and to socialise.
The latest Government guidelines on combating the virus mean people now have to stay at home, so with this in mind the Irish FA is reaching out to members of the football family who feel alone.
The ‘A Wee Football Chat’ initiative will pair socially isolated people with volunteers so they can chat about football over the phone.
The campaign is an extension of the popular tours provided at the Irish FA Education and Heritage Centre at Windsor Park.
Norrie Clarke from the association explained: “We know how important football is in Northern Ireland and we understand that some of our football family are now facing social isolation.
“We believe a simple chat about football with one of our volunteers could make someone’s day. We promise positive conversation full of football memories, the sharing of experiences and discussion about favourite moments, players and goals.
“Our Education and Heritage Centre tour guides have talked football to thousands during our centre and stadium tours and are here and ready to carry on those chats via the telephone and to spread the joy of football.”
Chats can be requested through the Irish FA website (irishfa.com).