Participants from all four of the Coping Through Football sessions descended upon the Powerleague centre in Fairlop last week to take part in a 6-a-side football tournament followed by pizza and a medal ceremony. Presents and prizes were also distributed with thanks announced to all those making the project an international success!
Coping Through Football is a transformational project that demonstrates how partnerships can be formed to produce a recovery model approach to engage with and improve the wellbeing of adults and young people who have enduring mental illness and was recognised by UEFA earlier this year, being awarded a Silver certificate.
London Playing Fields Foundation, Leyton Orient Trust (LOT) and the NHS work together to facilitate the football sessions that take place at the Douglas Eyre centre in Walthamstow, the Score Leisure centre in Leyton and at the Powerleague in Redbridge.
Howard Gould from LOT and lead coach on the project said, “This is a celebration event to congratulate all those associated with the project. It’s a real team effort and wouldn’t work without the combination and full support of each other including the participants! We do run tournaments and workshops throughout the year but thought it would be nice to formally announce its success whilst thanking a specific few of the attendees who really do help make it work, especially at this time of year”.
If you would like more information on Coping Through Football please view the website www.copingthroughfootball.org or contact Sonia Smith, Occupational Therapist and project co-ordinator on 0300 555 1242 ext 8471