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FOOTBALL THERAPY

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In February 2020, we launched our Football Therapy sessions with the purpose of providing peer support to men and women who suffer with poor mental health. By using football and the ethos of 'tacking the mind', we are providing participants the fundamentals to break down barriers and begin their journey to understanding mental health. This includes getting active, improving confidence, and offering a support network in times of crisis. 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. 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. 

Mental Health Benefits Of Football Therapy

. Encouragement to get active to increase physical and mental fitness

. Begin to develop a positive mindset 

. Work on increasing confidence levels and improve self-esteem

. Gain a sense of achievement 

. Mental benefits of endorphins and serotonin

. Try something new

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Social Benefits Of Football Therapy

. Build relationships and develop a support network for your mental health 

. Improve communication skills

. Gaining a sense of belonging and be part of a team

. Opportunities to talk about your problems

. Seeing other people’s recover

. Understand that you are not alone on your journey

. Have fun and take your mind off things

Our football therapy sessions are open to anyone aged 16 and we welcome all footballing abilities and fitness levels, or even people who have never played football before. Each session is run by a group of volunteers who are trained in First Aid For Mental Health and have gained a minimum of FA Level One Coaching Badge. The volunteers role is to ensure that the football pitch remains a 'safe space' for everyone in attendance and that everyone leaves he session in a better mindset than when they arrived.  

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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