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Created with the purpose of 'Tackling The Mind', Kick Start FC are using the power of football to offer support to men and women who experience episodes of poor mental health and lack social inclusion.

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Launched in February 2020, Kick Start FC aim to provide a safe space in the form of a football pitch for men and women who suffer with poor mental health or lack of social inclusion. Through their football therapy sessions, Kick Start FC are helping participants break down barriers and begin their journey to understanding mental health and aiding them in their recovery.

Playing football can help improve symptoms of mental health issues such as depression and stress, offer an increase in self-esteem levels, and can also help to reduce anxiety. ​ Football can also help to challenge the stigma that attaches itself to the subject of mental health.

By using a popular sport like Football, Kick Start FC are able to encourage more people to start thinking about their mental wellbeing and open up about their mental health instead of suffering in silence. Kicking off a conversation isn't always easy but it is vital to managing our mental health. 

For some people, physical activity such as playing football can be just as powerful as medicine or therapy. Exercise releases natural chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins that help you feel good. These are better known as 'Happy Hormones' or 'Brain Boosters'.

It also helps to release muscle tension, raises the body temperature and causes tiredness which helps to relieve stress and provide relaxation – this is of particular benefit for people with mental health problems.

The Kick Start FC football therapy sessions are run by a team of volunteers and are open to anyone aged 16 and over, and experiences episodes of poor mental health or lack social inclusion. All footballing abilities and fitness levels are welcome, even if you have never played football before. These football therapy sessions are FREE to attend. All participants are required to complete a registration form as part of an initial assessment.

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MEN'S FOOTBALL THERAPY

Thursdays

Tidworth Astroturf, SP9 7SB

1900-2000

FREE

Open to aged 16 and over

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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL THERAPY

Thursdays

Tidworth Astroturf, SP9 7SB

2000-2100

FREE

Open to aged 16 and over

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WALKING FOOTBALL THERAPY

Wednesday

Tidworth Astroturf, SP9 7SB

1845-1945

FREE

Open to aged 16 and over