A team from Burnley FC in the Community’s Claret in Mind programme played a fixture against a group of participants representing Chesterfield FC Community Trust recently.
The group from Kemple View hospital, attend Community’s Claret in Mind programme, sessions that aim to raise awareness of mental health, reduce stigma and achieve positive mental wellbeing in the local community. The sessions include a variety of sports and physical activities as there is extensive literature and evidence supporting the idea that exercise can be crucial in mental health recovery.
This is only the second time the group from Burnley FC in the Community have played in an organised fixture. They have previously played a team that attend a similar programme at Stoke City Community Trust in a ‘Fixture within a Fixture’ tournament at the bet365 Stadium.
The team at Burnley FC in the Community are hoping to make the matches a regular fixture with the group planning a visit to the Chesterfield FC stadium for a second game.
Resembling Burnley FC in the Community’s Claret in Mind programme, Chesterfield FC deliver the Spireites Active for Life programme, a lifestyle intervention course aimed at adults suffering with a serious mental health problem. The programme aims to help people learn about the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and is delivered using a football theme as a motivator to support health behaviour change.
Nathan Khan, Activities Officer at Chesterfield FC Community Trust said: “We have been running sessions for those experiencing mental health issues for around 18 months. We started the football team with 4/5 players and we now have a team of 19, which we’re thrilled with.”
“All of our players suffer from various mental health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar and some have mild learning difficulties. The lads just want to play football, we played a team from Everton in the Community recently as fixtures like this are very important. We have also played matches against Community teams from Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield, Burton Albion and Rotherham.”
“We’ve brought some of the participants who have recently joined the sessions along with us today as it’s a great chance to get them out and meet other Community teams.”
The Chesterfield FC team were also sporting a brand-new kit to the match which they fundraised for making the whole occasion a real team effort!
Chesterfield FC participant Gary Adams said: “I have been playing football for 9 years now. I love it, it really helps with my depression and anxiety as I enjoy playing with the team and meeting other people in similar situations. I also really like it when we visit different grounds and go on a stadium tour like today at Turf Moor.”
Burnley FC in the Community Health and Wellbeing Officer Sam Wilcock said: “It’s been fantastic to host the Chesterfield FC team at Turf Moor today. The team from Kemple View have benefitted from the Claret in Mind sessions so much and it’s great to introduce them to similar teams from different Community clubs. We are hoping to follow in Chesterfield’s footsteps and arrange more fixtures for the team so they can keep growing in confidence and getting enjoyment from playing regular matches.”
To find out more information about Burnley FC in the Community’s Claret in Mind programme contact Health and Wellbeing Officer Sam Wilcock on 01282 704 716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org