Liverpool football project tackles mental health awareness

Published: 12 April 2021 

In our 2020 Everyone Together survey many tenants told us that they were concerned about their health and wellbeing. We’ve taken this information on board and partnered with the city-based project, Liverpool Football Therapy, to deliver weekly football sessions for adults who are suffering from mental health issues which can include conditions such as anxiety and depression. 

The stigma around using mental health services stops many people from seeking the help they need. To help combat this issue, Liverpool Football Therapy will be hosting weekly five-a-side sessionat Goals on Speke Boulevard every Tuesday evening from 8.30-10.30pm.  

There is a small fee to participate - £2.00 for those unemployed and £3.00 if you’re employed, covering the cost of the facilities.  

It is a local project that’s open to both men and women. Anyone aged 18+ can come along and take part. Don’t worry if you haven’t played before – simply get your trainers on and join us for a kick-about! 

Mental health matters 

Offering weekly football sessions for those living with mental health problems is a step towards raising awareness of mental health, reducing stigma around the subject and achieving positive mental wellbeing in the community. 

Playing sports can help to manage symptoms and improve your quality of life. Whether you’ve struggled during the pandemic with isolation and loneliness, you’re suffering from anxiety or mental health conditions play a larger part in your life, we encourage everyone to get involved! 

The difference the project can make 

The aim of Liverpool Football Therapy is to implement new programmes that sustain health as a priority across our communities. Taking part in a weekly five-a-side football match is the first step towards getting active and meeting new people.  

The project is being launched in South Liverpool following successful initiatives in North and Central Liverpool. Robbie, a 33-year-old chef, has benefited from taking part in a huge way 

“When I started with Liverpool Football Therapy, I was going through a lot of mental ill health battles. At the time I felt it was the end of the road for me, there was no hope and no point in carrying on - becoming involved with the programme has changed my life for the better. They made me understand that I am worthwhile, people do want me here and it made me feel part of something much bigger than myself. 

When I first started it was just about football for me, I just wanted to win, I wanted to win because I had lost so much. I was oblivious to everyone else’s problems, their abilities and what they wanted to gain from the programme 

Then after some time the participants showed me, they were a team, we don’t win, lose or draw we just beat the battle with mental ill health daily and we do it together. When I joined, I felt I had no friends, like I didn’t have anybody, now I have sixty plus friends, we all want the same thing, we all face similar battles every single day.  

Without Liverpool Football Therapy a lot of people would have absolutely nothing, here now we can all be winners.” 

Get in touch 

For more information about the project or any of the local services we offer, email Tom Hayes, South Liverpool Homes’ Community Health and Wellbeing Officer on getinvolved@southliverpoolhomes.co.uk 

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