Heart Month

Go Red in Feb

February is Heart Month - the perfect time to take action!

Now that February is upon us, we’re renewing our call for Cumberland Clubs to support our partnership with the British Heart Foundation. 

Whether this is via fundraising, supporting our 50-50 campaign, highlighting the importance of getting the recommended weekly exercise amount in or of spreading the word about the free BHF CPR Training (RevivR) to Cumberland Football Club members.

Visit the British Heart Foundation page about their February month of action 

How Can you Get Involved?

We know most participants of our beautiful game will be exercising throughout the week, so we want to focus our attention on the support on the sidelines, whether this is the coaches or spectators watching. 

Watching the action of a match or even training can often feel like your heart is racing but are you getting the exercise you need?

Exercise helps everyone live a happier and healthier life. If you have heart and circulatory disease, it can help manage your condition and get you feeling great.

The British Heart Foundation recommends that you do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. (Moderate exercise is when you feel warm and comfortably breathless like when walking or pushing a lawn mower, while intense exercise is when you breathe hard and fast like running, swimming or cycling). The BHF says it’s best to spread your exercise evenly over the week, making sure you have some rest days to ensure your body recovers. Being active is about living a happier, healthier life and should fit into it how you live.

Visit the BHF staying active page for more details 

As a Cumberland FA staff we’re aiming to complete 150 minutes of exercise per week as recommended by the British Heart Foundation. 

Our Referee Development Officer, Scott Taylor is on a mission to run every day – he’s already completed Red January clocking up 76 miles and is now aiming to beat his previous records. 

In 2023 Scott ran every day until March 10th, which is his next target! Scott’s ultimate aim is to run each day until mid-May which he successfully completed in 2021. As part of our partnership with the British Heart Foundation, you can show your support for Scott by sponsoring him and also give him encouragement as he completes this fantastic challenge for a fantastic cause! 

Scott said: "I'm raising money for the British Heart Foundation and I'd be so grateful for your support. The BHF has helped halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day hundreds of people lose their lives.

"Fred Conway was a dear friend and also my County FA Chairman. Fred sadly passed away in November 2022 from a heart related disease.

"I am the Referee Development Officer for the Cumberland FA and for the past few years I have tried to run every day from the 1st January, initially raising funds for RED January and mental health in sport. Last year I made it through to the 10th March and in 2021 to mid-May. This year I want to reach Friday 14th June which is the opening game of the Euros 2024.

"It's only thanks to support from people like us that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures. £24 could pay for two hours of research by an early career scientist, but every pound helps so please give what you can to help me hit my target. Thanks!"


Our Football Development Officer, Helen Aitchison has so far raised £195 during the 50-50 challenge in November. Read about it here.

Clubs and Teams can get involved using the fundraising ideas from our partners at the British Heart Foundation. 

Check out the ideas here and share them with us!

Cumberland Clubs can also get some BHF pin badges to sell and donate the money earned to the cause. Email Development@CumberlandFA.com for more details.

Cumberland FA are encouraging 50 Teams (or Clubs) to raise or donate £50 during this football season to support the British Heart Foundation. There are a number of Clubs across the County already supporting the vital work of the BHF through our 50 for 50 campaign. So far 14 clubs/teams have signed up to support the partnership throughout the season. 

Clubs and Teams can sign up here 

Thanks to Abbeytown Ladies, St Joseph’s Walking Football Team, Whitehaven AFC and Workington Reds Ladies who have added their fundraising to the Cumberland FA and BHF Just Giving Page.

Abbeytown Ladies raised £185 at one fixture selling teas and coffees while Workington Reds Ladies have donated £50 from a recent fixture with information included in their match day programme. St Joseph's Walking Football Team also donated following the Cumberland FA Walking Football League event with Whitehaven AFC donating £50 towards the total.

More Cumberland Teams and Clubs have signed up to the partnership to support throughout the season:

Allerdale Wildcats
Carlisle United Ladies FC 
Dalston Black Reds FC and Dalston Junior Black Reds
Gillford Park FC
Maryport Amateurs FC
Penrith Football Club
Silloth AFC
Warwick Wanderers U9 Whites
Workington Juniors

Non-League Cumbria has also shown their support on ‘X’ to promote the important messages throughout the season.



RevivR app launch Dec 2022 1 


Cumberland Clubs can get involved and let us know how they would like to support the British Heart Foundation by clicking this LINK and getting in touch. 

If you have any queries or would like further information on our partnership with the British Heart Foundation and how you can get involved, please email Helen.Aitchison@CumberlandFA.com or telephone 01900 511800.


CLICK HERE for details on ways to access funding for defibrillators.