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Innovative football scheme launched to support people with mental health issues

An exciting new football scheme has been launched in Peterborough to support those with experience of mental health issues.

The project, which has been launched by Peterborough United FC in conjunction with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), Peterborough and Fenland Mind and Northamptonshire FA, is designed to promote positive well-being through the combination of physical exercise and social gatherings.

The 10-week project will encourage participants to play football more regularly, with coaching available from Peterborough United. Those that complete the 10 week sessions will receive a free match ticket to any home game at their London Road stadium.

Speaking about the initiative, Nick Sheppard, Community Manager at Peterborough United, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with CPFT, Peterborough and Fenland Mind and the Northamptonshire FA on this project.  We hope the physical and social aspects of the project will really help promote positive mental wellbeing among all of the players who attend the sessions.”

His thoughts were echoed by Matt Rowe, Support Time Recovery Worker with CPFT, who said: “People who have lived-experience of mental health issues can often find themselves feeling isolated, but we hope this project will give them a chance to get together with others, boost their confidence, and just get them enjoying their football and having fun.”

Find out more information about the scheme here

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