Sleaford Town Football Club have announced their plans to launch a ‘Just Play & Chat’ session on a Monday night, with the hope of introducing ‘Mental Health Monday’s’ in the coming season. The Just Play & Chat session is seen to be the initial offering of this.
The announcement comes as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, and the club are currently looking to appoint a coach to lead the sessions. The ideal candidate would be passionate about football and supporting mental health through sport.
The successful coach must be 18 or over and either have or be willing to complete the Playmaker Online Course. The club would also like the selected individual to undertake some mental health awareness training or to become a mental health first aider. Sleaford Town are willing to fund this.
Roz Williams, Head of Operations at Sleaford Town, explains:
“Our vision for the Just Play & Chat session is that it is going to be very relaxed and informal. Not therapy at all, just a place where people can get together, have a kick about and have a chat about their week with friends. The first session will be a men’s session. We hope to be able to offer 6-weeks of sessions for free and then £2 per person. It will last for 1 hour and then there will be tea and coffee afterwards.
“More widely, we would like our Mental Health Mondays to also include walking football sessions and perhaps even a man v fat session.”
It’s widely accepted that exercise can have a positive influence on mental health, including an increase in confidence and self-esteem, increased energy levels, and a boost in brain power. Sleaford Town are hoping that, through the power of football, they can have a positive impact on those who struggle with their mental health.
To enquire about the coaching role at Sleaford Town to get these sessions up and running, contact Roz Williams via www.sleafordtownfc.com or message the club via their social media platforms.
If you find yourself struggling, please find plenty of useful resources on our Mental Health Hub – including signposts to lots of helpful organisations who can support you.