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Charity launches football project to help those with mental health issues

Charity launches football project to help those with mental health issues

A new adult football project is due to be launched this month for those with mental health issues thanks to some generous funding by the East Anglia Co-operative Society.

Health Kicks will be run by Inspire Suffolk to encourage those with a variety of mental health issues to take part in various weekly sessions across the County. Jason Hadley is the Sports Development Officer for Inspire Suffolk who will be leading the project working alongside the rest of the coaching team at the charity. He explained: “We are looking to attract a variety of user groups that have suffered or are suffering with mental health problems.” He continued: “Our sessions will be run across Suffolk as well as at Inspire Suffolk in Ipswich with the aim to deliver a 6-10 week coaching sessions as well as hold monthly 5-aside fixture events for teams and groups to play against each other, with the aim to encourage better health and fitness whilst improving the player’s social skills.” 

Over a 12 month period, Health Kicks hopes to, through sport, improve the lives of those with mental health issues by improving their independence and aiding their transition from a hospital environment back into their local community. Inspire Suffolk’s sports coaches will be managing the project and delivering regular sessions across Suffolk including at St Clements Hospital in Ipswich and at Inspire Suffolk’s Headquarters in Lindbergh Road in Ipswich.

Jason concluded: “We already have 20 adults signed up for this new mental health football league which is due to begin this month. As an independent charity, we are looking for others to help us promote this programme to enable us to deliver it to a wider audience.”

If you’d like to know more about Health Kicks – contact Jason by emailing sdo1@inspiresuffolk.org.uk or you can call him on 07568 107878.

Article by Inspire Suffolk

Inspire Suffolk is an independent charity that supports local young people onto a positive future through a range of engaging personal development programmes and support. This may be by enhancing their academic abilities, boosting personal confidence, overcoming mental health issues, or providing a pathway and support into further education, training or employment. 

The charity also provides sporting activities for local children and young people to boost participation, confidence and a healthy lifestyle. 

Find out more at www.inspiresuffolk.org.uk