Vital Energi are delighted to be working with local Parkinson’s support community, Northern Lights, and as well as taking part in their walking football tournament on Friday 28th July, they have committed to sponsoring their team for the next five years.
Based in the North West, Northern Lights is a self-funded, voluntary organisation which offers support and help to people with Parkinson’s disease - a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination - and aims to put a smile on their faces by introducing them to the joys of walking football.
A great way to stay fit and potentially relieve some of the symptoms of Parkinson's, walking football also allows participants to learn new skills and make friends with those in a similar situation.
Northern Lights FC currently have 15 players, many of whom used to play football professionally, and are hoping this number will grow. As well as sponsoring the team for the next five years, over 20 members of the Vital Energi team took part in a walking football tournament on Friday 28th July at Witton Country Park, where five teams battled it out - Vital Energi’s C team were crowned the overall winners.
“We’re always looking to give back to the local communities and we are really pleased to be supporting such a great local charity who are helping raise awareness and driving change for those with Parkinson’s. Northern Lights’ walking football initiative is a fantastic way of promoting physical and mental wellbeing. The Vital team and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of the Northern Lights community during the tournament, and look forward to future collaborations.”
Project Engineer, Asif Asvat, played a key role in organising the Vital players, as well as playing in the tournament.
"I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the tournament, playing alongside members of the Northern Lights community, and believe it is incredibly important for companies to get involved in initiatives to raise awareness of Parkinson's,” said Asif.
“Playing alongside colleagues in the football match allowed us to see each other in a different light and strengthened the bonds we share beyond our professional roles. The spirit of camaraderie that flourished on the field translates into better collaboration and understanding back in the office, and I can’t wait for the next initiative.”
“The generous sponsorship from Vital Energi will allow us to offer support to newly diagnosed people at a time of great uncertainty. There is a misconception that Parkinson’s is an old person's condition- it can be found in people of any age and every person's experience will be different. Northern Lights have a wealth of experience in coping with the condition, the side effects of the medication, and the non-visual symptoms such as anxiety and apathy. With a range of activities designed to restore confidence and social engagement, we will work together with our members and their partners to manage the condition. Friday's football tournament was played in an excellent spirit, and everyone agreed that the best team won. We hope to make the tournament an annual event.”
Find out more about Northern Lights by clicking here.