During this unsettling period of being confined to our homes for an undetermined amount of time, we know that many people will be finding it hard to adapt to this unusual way of life.
Staying at home, although essential in helping to slow the spread of Covid-19, is increasing the risk of feeling isolated.
Here’s some simple ways to keep physically active, whilst also protecting our families, friends and communities by adhering to the rules and, importantly, staying at home.
Keep a Schedule
It can be so easy to forget about your ‘usual’ schedule and not take regular breaks, or work longer to overcompensate.
That might mean we forget to have lunch and keep ourselves physically active, so it can be hugely helpful to have a schedule which includes that all-important time for us to focus on getting up, moving around, or doing an exercise routine.
Plan Your Workout
Exercising has been proven to produce fantastic feel-good hormones including serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and adrenaline — all of which can make us feel instantly brighter.
As long as your heart rate increases, you can benefit from these hormones — whether it’s a quick six-minute workout or a more intense 30-minute session.
Make a plan for how long you want to exercise, what exercises you’ll be doing (squats and lunges for example), and how many reps of each you want to do.
If you’re less able to move around freely, there’s lots that you can still do to keep active.
For example, using a comfortable chair, you can do some easy arm stretches, use nearby objects to lift and move muscles safely, and leg lifts to keep the blood flowing. And if you don’t have the time or ability to do a full workout, simple stretches can go a long way.
Take Advantage of Apps
There are plenty of free apps available suitable for many fitness levels, abilities, different parts of the body, and lengths of time, giving you plenty of exercise ideas and helping you stay focused and supported. Check out the free workouts from Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, who has plenty of exercise routines for adults, or Motherwell’s own Richard Tait’s home workouts.
He’s also hosting free morning workouts during the isolation to keep the little ones moving while schools are closed. The best thing is, you can absolutely join in.
Keep Your Active Hobbies
When we talk about keeping active, we don’t just mean sweat-dripping-off-your-eyebrows type of exercises. It could be anything that you do that involves movement.
For example, did you know that activities such as knitting and crocheting are great for arthritis and keeping dexterity of movement? And if those aren’t for you, other hobbies you could take up include upcycling furniture, baking, and walking – subject to the latest guidance from Government, or within your own garden or outdoor space.
Use Your Space Wisely
If you do have access to a garden, try making use of the space by jogging on the spot, around the circumference, or doing some stretches such as yoga movements or Pilates in the fresh air.
But if you don’t have access to outdoor space, don’t worry — you can still do so much indoors, even jogging on the spot or doing star jumps for a few minutes. At times like these, we need to make the most of what we have available.
Don’t forget that during this challenging time, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of what’s important — that we keep our friends, family, and ourselves safe, and take the precautionary measures to protect the community around us.
You can pay for your season ticket in four instalments from May to August by using our standing order facility. Forms are available here, or you can call 01698 333333 and we will get you set up. If you’re filling out a form, you can scan it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to the club.
Please note that standing orders are only available on our full season ticket prices, and can not be used for our early bird rate.
Finance is available to spread your cost over 12 months at an interest rate of 19.5%.
To apply, please call us on 01698 333333.
A message from the chairman
Thank you for your interest in buying a season ticket for the 2020/21 campaign.
These are truly unprecedented times for us all, both on a personal level and for the club.
Being frank, the combined effects of the Covid-19 outbreak present a wholly unpredictable challenge with potentially severe consequences. Nothing like this has happened before. There is no map which shows the way out. There are no precedents we can follow.
But we go into this in a relatively strong position. For our club to thrive, it needs everyone: the board, executive management, coaching staff, players, fans and our owners, the Well Society, to work harmoniously. We already work like this. Everyone has a common purpose and all those different groups have pursued the good of the club without partiality or self-interest.
That said, the threat to the club is real and we have no handrails to guide us safely through. But we do have each other and the community we are from.
Your support in buying a season ticket will help us greatly as we plan ahead. We know it will be a big ask during such uncertain times. But if you can buy now, we thank you and encourage you to do so. We also have a range of different ways to pay over several months if it helps, as is detailed throughout this brochure.
We are clear in our role over the next few months. Firstly, we will ensure the safety of all our people and take our duty to protect the health of our community seriously. Then, the survival and long-term health of our club is the next key task.
We have managed our resources diligently. But this is not a short-term problem in our view and we are looking at all possible funding packages to build up our cash reserves.
Also, we will act decently in ensuring our future. Decently to our employees, players and fans and in particular we will continue to support the Community Trust, whose role is even more important in this situation.
We also require clarity from the football authorities. With some certainty about how this and next season will look, we can plan and take the necessary actions thereafter.
Until then, there is no clear and obvious way at present. But we all have so much of ourselves invested in the club we love that we will make one. We will come through this. Whatever has to happen, we will make happen with the long-term future of our community in mind and our club at its heart.
Thank you all for your support. I hope you will purchase a season ticket for our club for 2020/21. I can’t wait for us all to be back together at Fir Park when the time comes.
Jim McMahon Chairman
A message from the manager
Firstly, I hope you’re keeping well and safe with your families during this unprecedented time.
Football unites all of us. I’m sure like me, you’re all missing the things in life that come with following our team. Getting together with friends. A routine. Watching our young team as they exceed expectations and bring excitement – and other emotions – to our lives.
The 2019/20 season to date has been one of the most fulfilling in some time. We have a young, exciting team who may be unpredictable and inconsistent at times, but who have also taken us to third in the Premiership and on the cusp of a place in the UEFA Europa League.
To be in that position with the resources we have, and the turnover in players we had last summer, speaks volumes for what we are trying to do. We continue to punch above our weight and, should the opportunity arise, the chance to play European football after a few years of absence from Fir Park will be a hugely rewarding one.
We have no certainty over what will happen in the next few months in our daily lives, let alone what will happen with playing football. But what we can all be confident of is we will be back, as soon as it is safe for us to do so, pushing to make ourselves better again and test ourselves in the competitions we find ourselves in.
From my perspective, this isn’t a time to down tools. We are planning for next season, as we had already been before the shutdown. We are scouting players using the technology we have. Our squad are keeping fit, ready to return to action when called upon. Our efforts stay the same, even if the location is different for now.
That’s why we are asking you now to buy a season ticket if you can. Knowing that you are investing in our return will give us greater certainty over how we move forward. I realise it is a lot to ask in the face of everything else happening in our lives. But, if you can, please buy your season ticket and know that your contribution is valued more than I can possibly explain in these words.
We will be back soon. No matter what. We’ll cherish the things football and Motherwell FC give us even more, I am sure, when they are returned to us. Hold on to that thought for now. Before you know it, we will be back at Fir Park and ready to take on the challenges that lie in front of us with a fresh perspective.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. We will be back together soon. Until then, thank you for your incredible support as always.
To renew, you’ll need your client number. If you don’t know it, don’t worry, it is written on your season card.
If you’ve never used our online platform before, head to tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk. Click sign in in the top right corner, and then enter your client number and then choose the option ‘activate my account’. You’ll then be able to set a password for yourself and update your details, before going on to either renew your existing seat or choose a new one from our stadium map.
If you’re more familiar with our online ticketing site, login to your account now. Your current seat is reserved and you will see a notification, and you can renew it in a matter of clicks. Or you choose a new seat.
I didn’t have a 2019/20 season ticket & I want to buy one
You’ll then be given the option to choose where in the stadium you would like to sit. From there, you can create yourself an account, and then buy your season ticket for the 2020/21 campaign.
If you want help setting up your online profile, or would prefer to buy by phone instead, just call 01698 333333. You can also email email@example.com.
Buying for more than one person
If you have season tickets for your kids, or want to manage all your family’s tickets through one account, it’s easy to link them together. First, head to tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk.
If you’ve never set up an online account for the specific ticket holder you want to buy for, log out of your account and press sign in again. Then:
Click on the ‘activate my account’ link. Input the customer number on the season card, and then the surname, and click the ‘find my account’ button.
On the following page, check and update your details and create a password for use on the website. Please note that the address listed here is where your season card(s) will be sent to.
If you are doing this on behalf of a junior member of your family, please enter a unique email account. This is due to some functionality – like forgotten password – which will look at the email address, and may cause a conflict.
Once this form is complete, click on the ‘save details’ button at the bottom of the page. You will then be directed back to the home page where your registered name and number will appear in place of the ‘my account’ drop down at the top right hand corner – you are now ready to renew the season ticket.
Then, sign out and go back to your account you want to control all tickets from. For example, the account of the adult season ticket holder who wants to have control over buying kids tickets. Follow the initial steps, and then you’ll be all linked up.
Next – or if an online account exists for the ticket holder in question, follow these steps:
Press sign in. Once you are logged in to your master account, simply click on ‘my account’ and choose network.
From here, you can search for someone by using their customer number and surname.
Once you’ve found them, just press ‘add member’ and you’re done.
Then, to complete the purchase of the season ticket for another person:
Select the individual in the “your network” menu.
Select the “edit” button next to the person you wish to buy for.
On the next page, make sure you select the “manage” option and then press “send request”.
Log off of the site.
This will send an email to the other person’s email address. They need to open the email and select the link – which will force then to log into the site – to complete the action.
Then, you can sign out and then sign back into your main account, and you’re good to go.
If you have family members who haven’t received their code to renew, don’t worry. Just get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, sending us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or calling us on 01698 333333. We will be able to give you the rest of the codes you need straight away. And if you’re having trouble linking your accounts, just get in touch as well.
A message from our chairman, Jim McMahon
Saturday 04 April 2020
I wanted to follow up on the recent statement by the Well Society which was so well received by our community and outline where we are as a club.
The position we find ourselves in is unprecedented. The combined effects of the Covid-19 outbreak and the consequential economic disruption is an unpredictable event with potentially severe consequences. It hasn’t happened before. There is no map which shows the way out. There are no set of instructions we can follow.
We go into this in a relatively strong position. For our club to thrive, it needs all the component parts: the board, executive management, coaching staff, players, fans and our owners, the Well Society, to work harmoniously. And since the move to fan ownership that has happened, everyone has a common purpose and all those different groups have pursued the good of the club without partiality or self-interest.
That said, the threat to the club is real and we have no handrails to guide us safely through. But we do have each other and the community we are from.
We will ensure that continues and we will be guided by a few key principles in the months ahead:
1) The safety of all our people is our absolute priority. We were ahead of the curve in taking action to protect the health of our community. We will enact all that has been asked of us by government. We will not try to ‘game the system’ for short-term advantage.
2) After that is guaranteed, as much as it can be in this situation, then the survival and long-term health of our club is the next key task. We are not in an immediate liquidity (cash) crisis. We have managed our resources diligently. But this is not a short-term problem in our view and we are looking at all possible funding packages to build up our cash reserves. We will update you regularly on this and can I thank all of you who are donating to the Well Society in these extremely difficult financial times.
3) We will act decently in ensuring our future. Decently to our employees, players and fans and in particular we will continue to support the Community Trust, whose role is even more important in this situation.
What we need most just now is clarity from the football authorities. With some certainty about how this and next season will look, we can plan and take the necessary actions.
When you go into our CEO Alan Burrows’ office at Fir Park, the first thing you see is a quote on his wall which says “I shall either find a way or make one.”
There is no clear and obvious way at present. But we all have so much of ourselves invested in the club we love that we will make one. We will come through this. Whatever has to happen, we will make happen with the long-term future of our community in mind and our club at its heart.
Thank you all for your support.
Jim McMahon Chairman
Get access to the help you need
Wednesday 01 April 2020
We are a community. Our role in our community is an important one, supporting our fans, their families and everyone else in our local area in both normal times and at this time of increased need.
We know many of you will have concerns or struggles with health, finances and/or access to goods and services.
Instead of replicating the work of local service providers, this resource from our Community Trust highlights all the help available that you may need. We are working to try and support them further where we possibly can.
If you think we have something missing – or you provide a service which you believe should be included – please contact us and let us know.
Take care and stay safe.
Last updated: 16 April
If you are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, or are looking for additional information on what you should be doing, please visit nhsinform.scot.
The link leads to:
Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
Social distancing guidelines
Advice for professionals
Visiting your GP surgery
Most GP practices have closed their doors to physical appointments at the present time. This is because physical attendance at the surgery is considered high risk. Check the arrangements for your surgery by telephone or on their website.
All non-urgent dental care has been stopped. This includes basic work, check ups and orthodontics. If you have an urgent concern, please telephone your dental practice who will be able to advise.
Things are difficult.
You may be feeling anxious, lonely, isolated or depressed. You may be worried about your job, debt or addiction. You are not alone.
A new telephone helpline is offering psychological support and advice to people across Lanarkshire during the pandemic.
Designed and operated by NHS Lanarkshire psychological services, the public distress Covid-19 helpline aims to assist members of the public who are experiencing anxiety, low mood or other mental health issues in relation to Covid-19.
The service can be contacted on 01698 687567.
NHS Inform have some fantastic resources to help with mental health, including:
Coping with money worries
Struggling with stress
Dealing with traumatic events
Breathing Space provide a safe and supportive space for anyone over 16 years of age experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
You can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 116 123.
SAMH have a lot of resources and information on coronavirus and your mental wellbeing. It includes help with anxiety, OCD, issues for older people and young people, benefits, and coping with distressing news coverage.
Physical activity is a great way to help with mental health. There are lots of fantastic online workouts to suit all ages and abilities:
The people of Lanarkshire can take advantage of a free online stress control resource that provides advice and support and helps deal with anxiety and stress during these challenging times.
Stress Control is a six-session class developed in Scotland and now run around the world. It teaches Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills to help deal with common problems such as anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing.
We know that many people struggle in normal circumstances and that situation can be exacerbated at the moment. There is help. Please contact someone as early as possible and measures can be put in place to support you.
Don’t forget our local butchers, greengrocers and stores which all have a good selection of supplies without the necessity to stand in busy stores.
If you need additional support with shopping because of mobility, self-isolation or other difficulties please contact your local food bank. You can find where they are on the Trussell Trust website.
Stay In Touch
It can be difficult being cut off from your family and friends for this prolonged period, but you are not alone. There are many apps, such as FaceTime, Houseparty and WhatsApp which can help you video call each other.
The Sporting Memories Network has a weekly digital Sporting Pink magazine which looks at football in bygone days. It’s a great way of passing time reminiscing about football, completing puzzles and quizzes.
The elderly may be concerned about the impact of COVID, or you may be concerned about a relative. Age Scotland has a wide range of advice, resources and links to support agencies.
Work out at home with Richard Tait
Monday 30 March 2020
Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t get some extra exercise in addition to getting outside for a bit.
Our resident fitness fanatic Richard Tait is providing live workouts for you to follow along with at 8:30am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
And if that’s a little too early for you to get sweaty, you can watch them all back at your own pace.
All workouts will be available here to watch back. If you want to join in live, head to our Facebook page and be ready at 8.30am.
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Well Society reach 3,000 members
Friday 27 March 2020
Following a tremendous response over the last seven days, the Well Society now has over 3,000 members.
Reaching this milestone is an incredible achievement for our support, especially during what is a very uncertain time for everyone.
Since our update last week, the Well Society has been overwhelmed by the amount of new pledges and donations received.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
This is a difficult time for all of us and those who contribute to our fan ownership group cannot be thanked enough for their continued support, especially when football may be the furthest thing from minds.
If you haven’t yet done so, here’s how you can support the Well Society and add to the 3,000 who play their part in owning Motherwell Football Club.
Once you have signed up, you will receive a letter welcoming you to the lottery which will tell you your lottery numbers. You will then be entered into the draw for as long as you wish to play.
HOW DOES THE WELL LOTTERY WORK?
For as little as £1 per week, you’ll have the chance to win up to £25,000. At least 50p of every £1 played goes straight to youth development but most importantly, there are no ongoing costs to the club.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Every £1 is split three ways. At least 50p of every £1 comes straight to Motherwell FC, which is put towards the club’s youth development and academy programme. The other 50p covers the cost of the administration of the lottery, and goes towards the fantastic prize fund.
HOW DO I WIN?
Every player of the Well Lottery will be allocated a six-digit lottery number for every entry they wish to play. This idea is to match your number with the winning number that is drawn on a Saturday in the correct sequence. Every entry in the Unity lottery has an equal one in 63 chance of winning a prize.
325764 – random winning number
326574 – your lottery number
This is a three-number match, winning five entries into the next draw.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE WON?
Players are notified automatically, and prizes sent out by post, so you do not need to claim your prize. If you would like to check the winning number each week, these can be found on Unity’s website and here on the official Motherwell FC website.
WHAT IS UNITY?
Unity is a platform on which charities run their own fundraising lottery. It is run by an external lottery manager, Sterling Lotteries, who administer hundreds of charity lotteries for clients across the country.
An update from the Well Society
Thursday 19 March 2020
The Covid-19 crisis is having a monumental impact across the world and now at home.
It is both a health and economic crisis at the same time which is doubling the anxiety for us all.
In this context sport seems less important than ever before, but we also know that our club and our game are at the centre of our home community and national life. We must play our part in getting our community and country through what lies ahead and to a sustainable future on the other side.
As things stand, we await clarity over what will happen with the 2019/20 season. Until then, it is difficult to state clearly what challenges – if any – lie ahead. As soon as things are made clearer, we will be able to update our members and the entire Motherwell support.
As a club, we will stand by the decisions taken by our governing body and its board. We know that there can be no easy answers. We also know that now is not the time for self-interest. Now is the time to secure the common good. More than ever. Decisions will need to be taken and we will be part of making good what is decided.
Our club is well-managed, well-supervised and well-owned. We are fortunate. But this competence and preparedness does not make us immune from the implications of what is happening. The focus of the board of the club is on supporting all of those who depend on us for their income. This matters enormously. We also want to do everything we can to engage the community as well in all that will need done in the days ahead.
Times are uncertain, and so we are encouraged by supporters who have already contacted us looking to support the Well Society during this time.
We would like to extend a massive thank you to all of our supporters who have recently joined or made a donation to the Well Society, as well as highlighting our gratitude to existing members who continue to support us on a regular basis. The importance of doing this cannot be overstated. Please encourage all your friends that can afford it to do the same. It will be an investment in securing the future of our club.
We would welcome any other fans who have the means to similarly consider contributing to the Society at this time, either by pledging a monthly sum or by making a one-off donation.
Joining or pledging to the Well Society helps to safeguard the future of our club at all times, but in particular your support now helps give comfort as we head towards what will undoubtedly be challenging times.
To become a Well Society member, starting at just £5 per month, you can sign up here. Or, to make a one-off donation, you can click here or donate via Paypal by sending to email@example.com.
Our understanding is that the club will put season tickets on sale in early April, which we encourage all fans who possibly can commit at that early stage to do so.
If you have any issues or worries during this ongoing crisis, even if they are unrelated to the Well Society, Motherwell FC or football in general, and are unsure of where to turn, please contact us by clicking here and we will point you in the right direction for advice, guidance and support.
Again, thank you for all your support. The days ahead will be full of pain, we know that. But our community has demonstrated its resilience through many challenges over the years and this one will be met by the same steel. We will emerge more together, stronger and connected.
Look after yourselves and those around you. We’ll see you at Fir Park on the other side.