Posted on September 29, 2022
Updated on September 29, 2022
Video - Portsmouth Triathletes supporting people with long term health conditions
The video opens with a white screen showing the Club Matters logo in the centre with the Sport England lottery funded logo beneath. There is generic instrumental music playing in the background which continues throughout the video.
The logos disappear and the following text is displayed on the screen in black: ‘Inspired by the launch of #WeAreUndefeatable campaign, an inspirational new campaign supporting the one in four (15 million) people in England who live with one or more long-term health conditions.’
The text fades out to be replaced by the following sentence: ‘Club Matters visited Portsmouth Triathletes to learn about the work they do to encourage people with long-term health conditions to get involved and stay active.’
The video switches to a scene showing a roadway still in darkness with the streetlights on and some parked cars. One person exits their car. The next shot shows a van arriving with its lights on. Then the camera shows a row of beach huts. There are several people and some white plastic chairs outside one of the beach huts which is open.
A female voiceover starts, and subtitles come up onscreen. Subtitles are used throughout the video to display all narration as text.
Female voiceover: My name’s Debbie, and I have Lupus, Raynaud’s, Scleroderma and Myasthenia and I’m a triathlete!
An image of Debbie talking appears onscreen. She is wearing a grey woolly hat and a red fleece lined jacket over a wet suit. A caption on the right of the screen introduces her as ‘Debbie Pentland’.
The shot changes to show Debbie in front of a beach hut in a navy wetsuit, as she puts goggles on over a pink swimming cap. The beach hut door is open and behind you can see a shelf containing some files, books and two silver cup trophies. A kitchen worktop can be seen with a kettle and coffee containers on.
The next clip shows two men walking across the grass with bags, before changing to show
Debbie drinking from a silver travel cup. On the side of her pink swim hat is a big yellow smiley face with the words ‘Happy Wild Swimming’ curved around the bottom of it.
The footage returns to the image of Debbie talking, she smiles and laughs. The next shot shows a number of people (men and women) talking by the chairs in front of the beach hut. They are wearing various swimming attire, and some have large, padded coats on. The shot changes to feature a woman in the centre of the screen in a black wetsuit, with her blonde hair tied back. The woman smiles and moves to the left as beach huts come into view behind her, and the sky has a pink tinge to it.
Debbie: We’ve been doing these (sessions) for about four years now.
The footage returns to Debbie talking to the camera, before changing to show two people talking in a beach hut. One faces the camera and is sitting in a chair with their legs crossed. They are wearing a navy baseball cap, navy thick padded jacket and jeans. In front of them kneeling, facing away from the camera, you can see the back of the woman, with blonde hair (previously featured) in a black wetsuit.
Next, you can see people walking across a zebra crossing and the road towards the beach in various forms of swimming attire. One of the people is using a crutch and is limping.
A male voiceover starts: I’ve got MS. For me, swimming, especially in cold water, is really, really good for my condition. I was diagnosed ten years ago but currently, it’s ramped up quite a lot and I can’t really walk very well.
The shot changes to feature a man talking in front of a row of beach huts. A caption on the right of the screen introduces him as ‘Trevor Mose’. Trevor is wearing a thick light blue padded jacket. He has short hair and is wearing glasses.
The next shot shows lots of people walking across a stony beach. They are all wearing black wetsuits, and some have swimming caps on. The shot changes to show Trevor and two others walking across the stony beach. Trevor is using his crutch to walk and talking to the person alongside him. The footage returns to the shot of Trevor talking in front of a row of beach huts.
Trevor: And I find that I’m better when I’m cold. So, what I’ve been finding is I get in the sea and afterwards, I feel freer, it’s much easier to walkabout.
The screen changes to show Trevor and two others walking into the sea. In the background, you can see the arms and heads of people already swimming. The shot then changes to show Trevor and another person submerging into the water before the screen returns to the shot of Trevor talking.
The next shot shows people swimming in the sea. The waves can be seen crashing onto the beach and the pier can be seen in the background. The camera shows a close-up clip of frothy white waves washing over the sand and small pebbles.
Debbie: We try to make the sessions as inclusive as possible so that nobody feels that they don’t fit in. They don’t have to go in and swim a mile. They can go in and do a five minute pootle around and then just come out and come up for some tea. It’s all about making it fit for your needs.
The screen returns to feature Debbie talking, before changing to show three people swimming in the sea away from the camera and then returning to show Debbie talking. The next scene shows a silhouette side profile of two people walking through the sea at ankle height with the sunlight in the background glistening on the water.
The shot changes to feature a man in the middle of the screen talking. A caption to the right of the screen introduces him as ‘Alex Higgins, Club Chairman’.
Alex says: There’s no expectations, everybody comes down to do what they feel they want to do. They get the benefits of exercise and going in the sea but everybody just comes down here and gets something positive and there’s always a big social atmosphere. Usually tea, always cake.
Alex is wearing a red hooded jumper, with the white triangle Portsmouth Triathletes logo on the left side of the jumper. The shot changes to show heads of people swimming in the sea towards the camera before footage of waves meeting the beach with the sun setting in the background over a distant outline of land is shown.
The footage returns to feature Alex talking and then changes to show the arm and hand of someone holding a white cup with steam escaping from it. Another person can be seen facing the camera wearing a red hooded jacket and blue stripy hat, drinking from a cup. A third person is behind them.
The next shot shows a side profile of Alex with his hood up. He has a piece of cake in one hand raised towards his mouth and a cup in the other. A woman in a white and blue striped top is facing the camera smiling and holding a white cup in both hands. On the right-hand side of the screen, another person can be seen holding a white cup with the club logo on it.
The footage returns to show Alex talking and then shows a cloudy blue sky with a solitary bird flying across the sky.
Female voiceover: A few years ago, I lost the sight in my right eye due to complications from diabetes – and the left eye is limited. Nobody judges me because I can’t see and they’re all out to help me. They just judge me as I’m one of them, you know, I’m not, someone with a problem.
The next shot shows the waves lapping the beach with the sun glistening on the water and in the distance, you can see a couple of people swimming, before changing to feature a woman speaking in the centre of the screen. A caption on the left of the screen introduces her as ‘Tracey Dean’. Tracey is wearing a light red hoody with a ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ slogan on the front. In the background, you can see beach huts and several people in jumpers moving around.
The screen then shows two people in the sea, one swimming front crawl, the other floating on their back. The shot changes to show the top of the beach, lots of gravel and a person jogging along a path, with some trees in the background.
The camera changes showing the heads of two people in the water and part of the beach. The footage returns to feature Tracey speaking and then shows two people standing on the beach. A man facing the camera is helping assist another swimmer in a full wetsuit. Her back is to the camera as she holds his arm while balancing on one leg to put on her swim shoe on the other foot.
The shot changes back to feature Tracey speaking again and then returns to show one person swimming in the sea. There is a buoy in the sea and a faint outline of land in the background. The scene changes to show waves lapping at the shoreline and a silhouette outline of one person walking out of the sea.
Male voiceover: I got involved in the club two years ago. I had quite a major mental breakdown, (including) depression, anxiety.
Onscreen, a woman wearing a wetsuit and swimming cap is standing on the beach looking out to sea with her hands on her hips. The sun is shining and reflects on the sea.
The footage then features a man talking in the centre of the screen. A caption on the right-hand side of the screen introduces him as ‘Simon Jeffries’. Simon is wearing a red hooded jumper with a white triangle Portsmouth Triathletes logo on it. He is wearing glasses and has a beard. He is holding a white Portsmouth Triathletes cup in both hands at chest height. In the background are the beach huts.
The shot changes to show four people in the sea at waist height, before changing again to show the silhouettes of people walking out of the sea onto the beach. The footage returns to show Simon talking.
Simon: So, I came down and did the first couple, I was very nervous because of what I was going through.
The screen shows beach huts in the background, a grassed area bounded by black railings, then the pavement and road. There are lots of people in various swimming attire talking in front of the beach huts around a table and chairs. The footage returns to feature Simon talking.
Simon: I didn’t like to mix with people, I felt very low. But coming down here, wasn’t like being with people, it was like being with family most of the time. I couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone, it’s just brilliant.
The shot changes to a close up of an older man with white hair, wearing a black wetsuit and smiling as he lifts his arm to run his hand over his head, before changing to show a close up of four people talking, drinking tea and eating cake. It then shows the side profile of an older man sitting in one of the chairs on the grassed area, before returning to show Simon as he finishes speaking.
The screen then reverts to a white background with text which says: ‘Everyone can benefit from being active. Make your sessions as inclusive as possible by following these key principles:
• Everyone’s needs are different – encourage members to do as much or as little as they want to.
• Always aim to provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere where everyone feels they fit in.
• Remember that the social aspects of your sessions are as important to people as the activity itself.’
This text then fades to be replaced by the following sentence: ‘To learn more about the unique barriers people with health conditions face and how your organisation can help people build physical activity into their lives, please visit: www.weareundefeatable.co.uk’. The sentence is in black text, apart from the website address which is shown in teal blue.
This fades and is replaced by the sentence: ‘For more tips on coaching people with Long Term Health Conditions, check out UK Coaching’s guide www.ukcoaching.org/weareundefeatable’. The sentence is in black text, apart from the website address which is shown in teal blue.
This fades to be replaced by a white screen displaying the Club Matters logo in the centre with the Sport England lottery funded logo beneath. The music stops as the video ends.
Last modified: Thursday, 29 September 2022, 3:26 PM