Active Eagles kicks off with former Palace striker Andy Johnson


CPFC Foundation hosted the official launch last week of its two-year over-40s Active Eagles programme funded by the Mayor of London.

Former Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson attended the event on Thursday, 15 September, at Selhurst Park to join in the activities – including walking football, Soccercise, table tennis and short-mat bowls – as well as speak to participants on the day about the benefits of continuing to lead a healthy lifestyle as you mature.

The atmosphere at the ground was extremely positive and excitable throughout the day, with plenty of banter between the walking footballer men and extra-time club ladies. And despite the average age at the event being 60-plus, their energy was electric and enough to inspire any age group.

Bethany Towle, Active Eagles coordinator, said: “I loved seeing everyone making new friends whilst taking part in Soccercise or Walking Football – it’s what the programme’s all about!

Additionally, two of the long-term participants, Ian Clarke and Dot Anderson, spoke passionately about their experiences of the programme and their chosen activities. Both have been involved with the foundation for about two years and have helped to encourage more elderly people to get involved and enjoy the benefits of leading healthier and fitter lifestyles.


The day was also supported by a number of CPFC Foundation partners including the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and Union Learning, Croydon Council, Surrey FA, London FA, Affinity Sutton and WeightWatchers

Riz Rehman of the PFA had this to say: “It was excellent to see such a wonderful turnout at Selhurst Park for the CPFC Foundation Active Eagles launch. All the staff put on an excellent day of activities as well as providing information, advice and guidance on how to get involved within the foundation’s education programmes. From a PFA’s perspective, it was also great to have former Crystal Palace FC striker Andy Johnson show his support on the day by talking to the participants and getting actively involved in the activities.”

Councillor Louisa Woodley, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for families, health and social care, added her support to the programme: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with the CPFC Foundation as this will also boost our Croydon Heart Town programme, which is helping the British Heart Foundation to tackle heart disease in the borough. Active Eagles is a great example, demonstrating how exercise can be simple, sociable and fun, even as you’re getting older. Moving more and maintaining a healthy weight is important at any age. We hope that even more residents will be encouraged to sign up to Active Eagles and get started on their journey to improving their health and overall well-being.”

More about the Active Eagles programme:

The Active Eagles programme is a two-year programme, funded by the Mayor of London, and aimed at improving the health, well-being and fitness of men and women aged 40-plus, across the three south London boroughs of Croydon, Sutton and Bromley. The programme includes FREE access to numerous activities, such as walking football, recreational vets’ football, extra-time clubs and our flagship 12-week education and activity programmes, namely Move It Lose It (women only) and Fitter Fans (men only). There will also be a number of events throughout the course of the two years, which kicked off with our launch.

For more information on the activities, and details of when and where you can attend, contact Bethany Towle via or call 020 8768 6015.

For more information about the Crystal Palace FC Foundation please email or call 020 8768 6047

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