Loneliness

Sir Trevor Brooking at an Any Old Irons event

West Ham United's pioneering Any Old Irons programme is continuing to create environments where people can go so they don't feel lonely.

The programme's aim is to bring people together from various backgrounds to bond over their love of West Ham - and has currently engaged more than 200 local people over the age of 65, helping them form new friendships and connect with the club.

Most recently, former players Alan Taylor and Keith Robson visited an Any Old Irons event to share their memories of their playing days with supporters, while the group have also been treated to a Christmas visit by Sir Trevor Brooking.

Current players have got involved with the scheme too, with Adrian heading to the group with the Match of the Day cameras at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Key Stats

  • Over 200 people over the age of 65 engaged with the Any Old Irons project.
  • 83.3% of participants make new friends because of the programme
  • 80% of participants are more likely to go to a football match because of the programme
  • In some cases, 100% of the cohort say they'd met new people they'd keep in touch with
  • 62.5% of participants more likely to go online for information