Published - Thursday, 11 February, 2016
Northampton Town Football in the Community were recently awarded a grant by Northamptonshire County Council and St Giles Charitable Trust for their project that aims to utilise football to deliver broader outcomes relating to physical and mental wellbeing.
The project will be split into two sessions, one of which focusing on people with Physical Disabilities and one for people with Mental Health problems. The group will enlist the support of specialist coaches to run the sessions.
They previously piloted a similar project with Norhamptonshire County Football Association and Northampton Town Football Club, it proved extremely successful and was hugely valued by those involved. BBC Get Inspired filmed the project for their FA People’s Cup feature and provided a video case study that captures both the essence of the scheme and an insight into the outcomes for those involved.
You can watch the video here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/get-inspired/32153229
Russell Lewis, the Disability/Inclusion Officer at Northampton Town Football in the Community, explains the main intention of the project. “The improvement of Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing is at the projects core. Evidence shows a disproportionate number of adults with either a physical or mental disability, or someone who suffers with a mental illness is by far less likely to access a sporting or physical activity opportunity. The programme seeks to bring participants together and also parents and carers to provide a much needed support mechanism that aims to build self-esteem and confidence."