England Call up for Dementia Group attendee

A member of Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Dementia Group has successfully won tickets to see England take on the USA at Wembley tomorrow, thanks to the EFL Trust and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

The England manager kindly donated seven pairs of tickets to the EFL Trust following a recent EFL conference, with the trust offering all 72 Football League the opportunity to nominate a member of their community scheme to win a pair of tickets for tomorrow’s encounter.

Mansfield Town FITC are delighted to announce that they have been successful in securing a pair of tickets for lifelong football enthusiast, 66 year old Arthur Frost.

Mr Frost lives with Dementia and joined our Dementia Group a month ago after his eldest daughter Nicola responded to a post, and has since made new friends and got back into sport by attending our Walking Football sessions.

Football in the Community nominated the 66 year old for his enthusiasm towards our activities and are delighted that he has been selected to attend the match against the USA, along with representatives from six other clubs.

Mr Frost will attend the match with his son-in-law Shaun Clarke, and wife June said “Arthur is delighted to have been given the tickets, we were told before going on a family holiday to Scotland and throughout the entire break, he was really excited and he couldn’t stop talking about it!

“He played football up to the age of 45 and coming to Football in the Community has really made him enjoy sport again, both playing in the Walking Football sessions, and talking about memories at the dementia group”

Mark Hemingray, head of community “We nominated Arthur because of the way he has, in a way, found a new home with Football in the Community – when he first joined us he was very silent and in his shell, but as soon as he started interacting with others at the Dementia Group really started to grow in confidence.

“He loves his sport and along with the Dementia Group has started to attend our Walking Football sessions where you could see how much joy he gets from being back in that environment.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Arthur has been chosen to attend, he’s attended numerous stadia across the years but never had the opportunity to watch the national side at Wembley.”