THINK FOOTBALL Project Launch
Posted: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:55
The Aston Villa Foundation are launching a brand new project targeting those with mental health conditions, thanks to a grant from Sport Birmingham through the Satellite Club programme. The Sport England Satellite Club programme aims to provide a stepping stone to a community club through the creation of relevant, appealing and convenient sporting opportunities.
'Think Football' will provide free weekly football sessions for adults aged 18+, with the aim of providing a safe environment where those suffering from mental illness can play football, meet new people and also access additional support and services from specialist organisations.
The Aston Villa Foundation have linked up with organisations including mental health charity Birmingham Mind and Newman University to plan and deliver the sessions.
Think Football will run every Wednesday from 11.00am to 12.30pm at the Indoor Academy building on Witton Lane at Villa Park. Think Football launches on 8th March 2017 with a tour of the stadium as part of the first session.
James Grinsted, Club and Communities Manager at Sport Birmingham said: "Sport Birmingham are delighted to work in partnership with Aston Villa Foundation on this project to give local people with mental health conditions access to football provision at the Villa Park Football Academy. Participating in sport can have many positive effects on individuals and we hope that this project offers a further opportunity for local people to develop".
All sessions are free and those interested in taking part can join the scheme at any time by registering their interest with Debbi Rawson – firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0121 327 2299.