Tackling stigma through football
We are working in partnership with football organisations to harness the power of the beautiful game as a force for social change. We aim to make football more accessible to people with mental health problems and to use the sport to reach new audiences.
Imagine Your Goals
The projects help people to boost their wellbeing, develop their confidence and play an active role in their communities.
The projects also run activities that bring people with and without mental health problems together through sport, to tackle stigma and discrimination.
- Read more about Imagine Your Goals
- Read Jason’s story – about how an Imagine Your Goals project helped turn his life around
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Football and mental health action group
In 2011 we also worked with a football and mental health action group which included the following organisations:
• The FA
• The Premier League
• The Professional Footballers Association
• The League Managers Association
• The Football Foundation
• The Football League Trust
• Sporting Chance
• Kick It Out
We ran a range of activities, including:
- Campaigning through football
- Encouraging clubs to run mental health activities
- Mental health training for coaches
Campaigning through football
We ran campaign activity on match days and with football clubs, including showing advertising on big screens, holding match day events and including messages in programmes.
Encouraging clubs to run mental health activities
We have produced toolkits to help clubs include people with mental health problems as part of their community activities. The toolkits bring together good practice and tips from projects like those under the Imagine Your Goals scheme and can be downloaded from the FA website or ordered from our shop.
Mental health training for coaches
In order to make grassroots football more accessible for people with mental health problems, we ran mental health training sessions for mainstream grassroots football coaches, delivered by people with mental health problems.