Members of the Extra Time Hub, which Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is commissioned to deliver by the English Football League Trust, were thrilled to be welcomed back to their first face-to-face session in more than 16 months.
Extra Time is a chance for individuals to get together once a week to take part in a wide variety of activities. Face-to-face sessions were paused in March 2020 but, though members have kept up activities such as singing, exercise classes and bingo over Zoom, all in attendance were thrilled to be back at The Valley on Wednesday 21 July.
Matt Phillips, CACT’s Special Populations and Older People Lead, said:
“It’s amazing that we can now get our members back, it’s been 16 months since we last saw them in person. We’ve been seeing them over Zoom, but this is what Extra Time is all about, it’s seeing them face to face.”
Mr Pipe, an Extra Time Participant, said:
“We’re glad to be back to normal, we’ve been pulling our hair out. It's nice to be back with friends, and that’s what it’s all about.”