Tournament triumph for mental health football side

Team who met after taking part in CPFT soccer scheme are victorious 

Tournament triumph for mental health football side
08 June 2015

They formed a team after taking part in a football project in Peterborough aimed at supporting those with experience of mental health issues.

And now the side have triumphed in a tournament which attracted teams from across the country.

Proudly wearing a kit loaned to them by officials at Peterborough United, the lads won the Heads Up Mental Health football tournament at Northampton Town’s Sixfields stadium, beating the home side in the process.

One of the players, Ben Marshall (pictured, second left) said: “It’s the third time we have entered the tournament and we’ve twice finished runners-up to Northampton. We were pleased to have beaten them but we were determined that wasn’t going to be the only highlight.

“We pushed on and we were delighted to end the day having played five games and won them all, scoring 27 goals and only conceding five.”

The players met when taking part in a scheme run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough United FC, Peterborough and Fenland Mind, and Northamptonshire Football Association.

The football sessions take place at Netherton United FC, Mayors Walk, Peterborough, every Wednesday between 2pm and 3pm. Players pay £2 per week and places are still available. For more information contact Nikki Griffiths at Inspire Peterborough via Nikki@inspirepeterborough.com or by calling 01733 330815.

Matt Rowe, Support Time Recovery Worker with CPFT, whose idea it was to start the mental health football group, said: “I am delighted that players have formed a team and have had the confidence to go off and play in tournaments such as this.

“The links between exercise and improving people’s mental health are very well documented. People who have lived-experience of mental health issues can often find themselves feeling isolated, but this project has given them a chance to get together with others, play their football and have fun.”

* Pictured are Martin Ludford, Ben Marshall, Spencer Neilly, Sean Cornhill, Kissller da Cruz de Assuncao, and Marc Pearson 

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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