Here at Kick Start FC we are on a mission of "Tackling The Mind". Founded in January 2020, we use football at our core to help raise awareness and combat the stigma surrounding the subject of mental health.
Based on Community Football Projects we aim to support those in our local community who suffer with poor mental health and lack social inclusion. Everyone has mental health yet there is often a lack of understanding and support which leads to people being diagnosed with mental illnesses, becoming recluse and even suicide.
Early intervention is the key to managing mental health and we intend on raising as much awareness as possible in order to offer people a greater understanding of mental health and how to manage it.
Football is the most popular sport, not only here in the UK, but worldwide, with there being an estimated 3.5 billion football fans around the globe. Football has that special ability to bring communities together and is often seen as the conversation starter amongst people which is better known as "the common ground". By using football as a platform we are able to encourage people to be more open to our projects and to reach out as they are able to relate to the sport.
The popularity of football has presented the sport with multiple outlets such as TV, Social Media, Community Groups, Fanzines, Podcasts and we are looking to utilise these tools to help with our mission. By exploring these avenues we hope to reach a wider audience and hopefully encourage anyone who is currently struggling with their mental wellbeing to get involved in our activities.
Our sessions are specifically designed to offer participants the following:
Mental Health & Wellbeing
. Encourage participants to get active to increase physical and mental fitness
. Develop a positive mindset and increase confidence levels
. Gain a sense of achievement and a lift in morale
. Mental benefits of endorphins and adrenaline
. Socialising and getting to know people
. Gaining a sense of belonging and creating a support network
. Taking your mind off things
. Opportunities to talk about your problems
. Seeing other peoples recovery