Club Doncaster Foundation are teaming up with Oxford United in the Community to help combat loneliness in their respective areas through the medium of a “Matchday Watch-along”.
The watch-along forms part of the EFL Trust’s “Tackling Loneliness Together” project, something that the Foundation have supported since its launch last year.
A recent study by the Red Cross found that 60% of people feel uncomfortable talking about loneliness and a further 30% said they would not admit to feeling lonely to anyone. Even though these statistics are concerning, we are able to offer support and a feeling of togetherness to those not confident in talking about loneliness.
“Something as simple as a watch-along with two sets of fans is enough to spark conversations and help get people talking”, explained Club Doncaster Foundation community development manager Nick Gillott.
“Feelings of loneliness have accelerated in the community throughout the lockdowns, and these projects are vital in helping connect people to help alleviate some of those feelings.
“We’re looking forward to watching the game and having a chat with some of the Oxford fans!”
As part of the tackling loneliness together project, the Foundation have made over 2,000 phone calls and have delivered over 500 care packages to Doncaster residents.
The “Matchday Watch-along” initiative enables both sets of supporters, over 65, to engage with one another, in a relaxed environment whilst watching the game on iFollow.