Players’ praise for mental health football scheme

Joint project involving CPFT, The Posh, Peterborough & Fenland Mind and Northants FA is hailed a success

Players’ praise for mental health football scheme
26 November 2014

Players have praised a football project aimed at supporting those with experience of mental health issues in Peterborough.

The scheme is a collaboration between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough United FC, Peterborough and Fenland Mind, and Northamptonshire Football Association.

The participants have even been asked to form a team and play against other sides involved in similar projects across the country.

More than 20 people signed up for ten weekly sessions designed to boost their mental well-being and encourage them to play football more regularly.

One player, Ben, said: “The last ten weeks have been brilliant. To come down here, play football and exercise and socialise with the other people has been fantastic. I honestly believe it’s been the single biggest factor in my recovery.”

Another participant, Spencer, said: “We’ve all really enjoyed it. It’s a mixed group of different abilities, but everyone’s skill levels have improved. It’s been a really good experience and it’s really helped towards my recovery.”

Matt Rowe, Support Time Recovery Worker with CPFT (pictured above centre with Posh coaches Ben Cullen and Michael Browning), said: “The links between exercise and improving people’s mental health are very well documented.

“People who have lived-experience of mental health issues can often find themselves feeling isolated, but this project has given them a chance to get together with others, play their football and have fun.

“We’ve had a really good response during the first ten weeks. We’ve had a lot of interest from other projects like it across the country, and we’ve been invited to play against a team run by a Championship club, and we’ve been invited to take part in a cup competition.

“That’s given everyone a boost, and I’m really looking forward to January when we start the next ten sessions.”

The project, co-ordinated by CPFT’s Recovery College East, has been taking place at Netherton United FC, Mayors Walk, Peterborough, every Wednesday between 2pm and 3pm.

The first two weeks were free of charge, and then cost £2 per player. Money raised will go towards funding further sessions which are being led by coaches from The Posh.

For further details about the football project, or any other courses run by Recovery College East, email: recoverycollegeeast@cpft.nhs.uk or call 01223 884431.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
T 01223 726767


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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