AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s FREE Football Rehabilitation sessions provides support to those in our local community who have experienced mental health issues.
And for participant Josh, the sessions, which take place every Wednesday from 12pm, have provided him with the opportunity to make new friends, all through the power of football.
The sessions enable participants to play football in a friendly, welcoming environment at the state-of-the-art Fylde Sports and Education Centre.
Open to adults over 18, our Football Rehabilitation group, in partnership with Active Lancashire, NHS South Lancashire and Cumbria Foundation Trust, Wesham Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, Challenge Through Sport Initiative, and New You.
Josh said: “It’s good. It gets me out of the indoors and gives me fresh air, the staff are great and I’ve met some really nice people coming down.
“Coming here has really helped me with my confidence and self-esteem, and I’ve made really good friends and we all have a laugh.
“I’d definitely recommend the Football Rehabilitation programme, it’s been a real support to me.”
Neil McLean, CSI Support Worker at Active Lancashire, commented: “The Wesham Rehab Unit came to us asking if we can put on a well-being session, so working in partnership with AFC Fylde Community Foundation, we managed to put on a football session for the Rehab unit.
“The guys come every single week, especially Josh, he hasn’t missed a single session and we’ve seen them grow and learn new skills whilst socialising with different people each week.
“It’s brilliant to be in partnership together with the Community Foundation, so Scott and I run this session every week, and it’s great to give back to our local community.”
Scott Harries, Community Development Officer at AFC Fylde Community Foundation, added: “We'd like to thank Active Lancashire and local partners for supporting the delivery of our Football Rehabilitation programme which supports Josh and the group.
“We’re pleased that the participants have gained confidence and see coming to the sessions as beneficial, it has been fantastic to see the progress that they have made in such a short space of time.”