Ely Centre appoint Project Co-ordinator to lead Innovative Veterans Football Project (ONSIDE)

The Ely Centre are delighted to welcome Mrs. Christine Spence back to our staffing team to lead the implementation of our new Veterans Onside Football project.

Speaking on Mrs Spence’s Appointment Mr Jim Dixon ( Chairperson) stated “ I’m delighted to welcome Christine back to our staffing team to lead the ONSIDE programme, Christine has a great track record gained through many years experience with Ely and Brooke House of supporting Veterans. I have confidence that she will apply these skills and experience gained to this exciting programme which aims to tackle stress and social isolation within our Veterans programme through a range of football hubs and commence development of the first Northern Ireland Veterans League.

Speaking on her appointment Mrs Spence stated

“I’m delighted to take up the position of Project Co-Ordinator for the Onside Project and I am looking forward making a difference to the lives of veterans.

For people who have seen at first-hand the benefits of working together in a team, I believe football is a fantastic vehicle to help veterans tackle both physical and mental health issues and give social isolation the red card!

In addition to the football training and games, we will be working to roll out educational initiatives and to raise awareness of health issues in order to increase the overall health and well-being of veterans.

We will be working to establish football hubs in a number of areas we provide support. The veterans taking part will work together to develop their own teams and make decisions on everything from names and crests to playing positions.

While we want to see a healthy level of competition, this programme is about so much more than sport. It will help veterans come together, learn new skills, get active and most importantly have lots of fun along the way.

I’m also delighted to be back working at the Ely Centre. This is a great team to be a part of with everyone doing their best to make a positive impact to the lives of the veterans we support.

This programme has been funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust- Positive Pathways programme