Wellbeing football was launched at Clacton Leisure Centre Monday 13 May as part of Mental Health Awareness week. This new project for over 18s aims to help adults enjoy weekly football sessions and opportunities for coaching and development whilst supporting mental health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing Football is run by Disability4Sport who are working in partnership with Tendring District Council to bring these sessions to Clacton. Football sessions will be held every Monday at the Leisure Centre from 1pm to 2pm and there’s no need to book, just turn up and play.
Dr Louise Catling, Public Health at TDC said: “Being active is not only good for your physical health, it’s good for your mental health too. For example it can have a positive impact on mood, help manage stress and anxiety, reduce the risk of depression and help with better sleep.
It’s essential that everyone has the opportunity to be more active which is why projects like Wellbeing Football are so important.”
Rebecca Morton, Executive Projects Manager, TDC said: “TDC would like to thank a number of local partner organisations, Essex County Football Association, Disability for Sport, Active Essex and Health in Mind for working together to provide funding and resources to support these sessions.
“It is hoped through sessions like today we can get people active, raise awareness and most importantly encourage people to talk about their mental health,” she added.
For those who wish to seek further information about Disability4Sport and the sessions they offer visit http://www.disability4sport.co.uk/ or telephone 01206 512595