Recently the Department of Health, National Health Service and numerous Health Care Trusts have begun to acknowledge the role football can play in the prevention, treatment and management of mental health issues.
The popularity of the game whether it be playing, coaching or watching a match means that football has the potential for Mental Health Service Providers to work collaboratively with other non-traditional partner organisations to use football as a vehicle for the delivery of health improvement strategies for people with Mental Health issues. These could address issues in areas such as physical health, social inclusion, widening access to services, symptom reduction, and reducing the stigma attached to Mental Health issues.
Through working in Partnership with the Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust’s Mental Health Services and extended network of Community Mental Health (CMHT), Assertive Outreach (AOT) and Community Alternative Teams we are delighted to introduce our ‘Football 4 Me’ project.
The Football 4 Me project is aimed at supporting the recovery of people across Leeds who have previously or are currently experiencing and episode of mental ill-health. Over the next year the project will deliver a number of outcomes including 30 football coaching / physical activity sessions at 4 venues; 3 Workshops on healthy living and diet and 2 focussed on supporting the smoking cessation process. Alongside this we will be offering a number of members of the project the opportunity to undertake an FA Level 1 Coaching course.
Please see following links for information on our current sessions:
Before attending players are urged to contact their GP / Medical professional for a health assessment and to ensure they deem the activity as suitable for the individual.
Players are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and to bring a drink to the session.
For more information on the ‘Football 4 Me Project’ please contact James Doyle, Disability Football Development Officer on 07540 127 683 by email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact The Leeds United Foundation Office on 0113 367 6307.