A project run by Albion in the Community (AITC) which helps people stay active during and after cancer treatment, will appear on Match of the Day this weekend.
Hundreds of people across Brighton and Hove have now taken part in Brighter Outlook, with the AITC’s specialist cancer rehabilitation coaches providing participants with a bespoke activity plan, as well as 12 months of on-going support once the initial 10-week course is completed.
Earlier this week a BBC film crew visited a Brighter Outlook session taking place at Yellowave on Brighton seafront and the resulting feature will be shown on Sunday morning as part of the Match of the Day repeat on BBC One.
The show begins at 8.25am and the piece on AITC is the latest in a string of films showcasing the work being done by the Premier League clubs’ charities.
It is the second time AITC’s work has been featured on the popular programme and fans can still view last season’s film, which looked at the charity’s football session for people with Down’s syndrome, online here
As well as the team from Match of the Day, Brighter Outlook participants were also joined at this week’s session by Brighton & Hove Albion players Gaetan Bong and Laura Rafferty. Both players took part in the session and spent time talking to the participants about how AITC was supporting them.
Among those participants was Ken Valder, who was named the James Brynin Fan of the Season at the club’s end of season awards in recognition of his unwavering support for the Seagulls throughout his cancer treatment.
Ken, who was also interviewed for the Match of the Day feature, was full of praise for AITC and the Brighter Outlook programme. He said, “It is good to be with others who are going through something similar.
“If you went to a gym on your own and were surrounded by people pumping iron you might think: what’s the point in me coming? At Brighter Outlook, although everyone has different levels of fitness, we all have one thing in common.
“Everyone supports and encourages each other and that social side of things is very important.”