Oxford United in the Community to broadcast latest Manor Extra episode to help tackle loneliness
The third instalment of Oxford United in the Community’s ‘The Manor Club Extra’ will be broadcast online today (Thursday) featuring its Patron Les Robinson.
Filmed as part of a campaign to help combat loneliness among older people in the county the eagerly awaited episode will go live at 6pm today on Oxford United in the Community’s YouTube channel.
It is a must watch for United fans as Robbo talks about his career and life off the pitch in a revealing interview. Robinson played for United for ten seasons between 1990 and 2000 and is sixth in the list of the club’s most appearances. He was club captain and made 459 appearances for the U’s. In 2018 the club held a belated testimonial in recognition of this ten years’ service.
The football club’s official charity launched The Manor Club Extra in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire and Active Oxfordshire as part of a national ‘Let’s Tackle Loneliness Together’ campaign spearheaded by the EFL Trust.
It fills a much needed void without the physical Manor Club not being able to take place, that saw older members of the community meet monthly at the Cowley Workers social club to socialise and hear stories from United legends.
Alex Blane, Manor Club Extra project lead at Oxford United in the Community, said: “Our latest episode of the Manor Club Extra will be another treat for viewers.
“Les gave an honest and insightful interview and I’m sure everyone will enjoy the show. We’re fortunate to have Les as one of our charity patrons and grateful for his time in helping us work towards reducing loneliness in our community.”
Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community, said: “The ‘Let’s Tackle Loneliness Together’ project is such an important programme at this challenging time. Loneliness is a serious issue, particularly in the older generations and we hope our campaign can have a positive impact.”
Oxford United in the Community is the football club’s official charity and helps inspire people to reach their potential and improve their health and wellbeing via the power of football, engagement, and education.
The Manor Club Extra features six digital episodes and three printed brochures which will be widely distributed to older people across the county. Each episode of the Manor Club Extra will be broadcast on YouTube and remain there for you to watch at your convenience.
If you would like to contact us to find out more about the Manor Club Extra project, including details of the shows, brochures or any other supporting events we will be providing over the coming months please contact us via [email protected]