Coping Through Football is a transformational project that demonstrates how two sporting charities, Leyton Orient Trust (LOT) and The London Playing Fields Foundation (LPFF), can work in association with the NHS to produce a sustainable recovery model approach to engage with and improve the wellbeing of adults and young people who have mental illness.
Each year, UEFA presents awards to recognize the best leaders, clubs and projects around Europe that make a real difference to people’s lives and Coping Through Football was awarded the Silver Prize.
A framed UEFA certificate was presented by LPFF Vice President and Chelsea and Arsenal legend John Hollins at the official launch of the project’s extension on 18th June at London Marathon Playing Field, Redbridge.
Chief Executive of London Playing Fields Foundation Alex Welsh said:
“We are delighted with this UEFA award which recognises two things. Firstly, the role that community playing fields can play in transforming the lives of even the most disadvantaged of groups; and secondly, the importance of innovative partnership working in delivering sports projects that have huge additional health and social benefits”
Barbara Armstrong, Lead for Social Inclusion and Joint Lead Occupational Therapist from NELFT who has overseen the expansion of the Coping Through Football project, said:
“It is fantastic that Coping Through Football, which has helped so many people with their recovery from mental health problems, has been recognized by UEFA.”
Jas, a service user who has recently joined the project, said “I love coming here. It’s good exercise, everyone understands each other and it is really fun so I would recommend it to anyone with mental health issues.”
Coping Through Football is available to those aged 12 upwards, male and female, and takes place at:
POWERLEAGUE Fairlop, – Monday’s 2.00pm-4.00pm adults, 4.00pm-5.30pm 12-18 years
DOUGLAS EYRE centre, Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow – Tuesday’s 2.00pm-4.00pm adults
POWERLEAGUE Fairlop, – Wednesday’s 1.00pm-2.30pm – 12-18 years and 2.30pm-4.00pm adults
SCORE centre, Oliver Road, Leyton – Thursday’s 2.00pm-4.00pm – adults
Please contact Sonia Smith for more details:
Sonia Smith, Occupational Therapist, Waltham Forest Access & Assessment Team, Coping Through Football Project Coordinator, 26 Low Hall Lane, Walthamstow E17 8BE Tel: 0300 555 1242 ext 8471