Founded in 2020, Kick Start FC was created with the purpose of 'Tackling The Mind'. We are a voluntary organisation that is self-funded and by using the power of football we aim to support those in our local community who may be experiencing issues of poor mental health.  Our mission is to drive awareness and create a better understanding of mental health by putting the boot in and tackle the stigma that attaches itself to the subject. To help with our mission, we host weekly football sessions for both men and women over the age of 16 FREE of charge to help 'kick start' peoples journey to recovery.

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 people together and is often seen as the conversation starter amongst men which is better known as "the common ground". Not only that, football has various outlets such as TV, Social Media, Community Groups, Fanzines, Podcasts and we are looking to use those tools to help with our mission to encourage those who are currently sat in silence to open up and talk about their own mental health issues and to get active to help manage their symptoms.

Our sessions are specifically designed to offer participants the following:

Mental Health & Wellbeing

. Encourage participants to get active and regain fitness

. Develop a positive mindset and increase confidence levels

. Gain a sense of achievement and a lift in morale

. Doing something fun

. Mental benefits of endorphins and adrenaline

Social Benefits

. Socialising and getting to know people

. Gaining a sense of belonging

. Taking your mind off things

. Meeting people who understand your situation

. Talk about your problems

. Seeing other peoples recovery

Physical Health

. Increase physical and mental fitness

. Lowered cholesterol and blood pressure

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