Within the same week that saw the globe celebrate World Mental Health Awareness Day, the Staffordshire FA hosted a football tournament at the National Football Centre, St. George’s Park with a difference, providing a friendly environment for people with experience of mental health issues.
Organised by the Staffordshire FA, the first Mental Wellbeing Tournament of the 2018/19 season was held on Friday 12 October, with teams involved representing Stoke City Community Trust, It’s A Goal, Burton Albion Community Trust and Stafford Sports Club.
The round-robin six-a-side competition provided a wonderful way to get active, something that has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health, and a chance to play football alongside others that have experienced mental health issues in a friendly environment.
It was one of the two teams representing the Stoke City Community Trust that emerged winners of the competition itself; however, everybody in attendance was able to enjoy a great day within the surroundings of the sensational facilities at St. George’s Park.
Gemma Turner, Football Development Officer at Staffordshire FA, said: “The teams involved have all been involved in regular Turn Up & Play sessions locally – and we’re looking to work with these groups to develop more regular competitive opportunities this season across the county, in addition to the Turn Up & Play sessions.
“Next month, as part of Safeguarding Adults Week, we will be looking to host our next tournament, which will be accompanied by opportunities for players and individuals to find out more about local wellbeing services available.”
For more information on the inclusive opportunities to play football across Staffordshire, please email Gemma at firstname.lastname@example.org