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IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH FOOTBALL

Mental Health FC CIC is a registered non-profit based in Doncaster that is bringing people together to play the sport they love while helping and improving their mental health – everyone welcomed and supported!!

Mental health kickabouts currently every Saturday 9am – 10am* at the Doncaster Hockey Club (*sometimes 30mins earlier so please check), every Monday 7pm – 8pm at Don Valley Academy and every Thursday 7pm – 8pm at De Warenne Academy. 

IMPORTANT – ALL PLAYERS WHO WANT TO TAKE PART IN OUR SESSIONS MUST SECURE THEIR SPACE THROUGH THE SPOND APP AS SPACES AS NOW LIMITED, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP, THANK YOU

We’re looking to add more sessions, locations, days and times so please like our Facebook page for updates 🙂

After the kickabout sessions we go for refreshments and chat at either the hockey clubhouse for Saturday sessions or a local pub after other sessions throughout the week

70
KICKABOUTS IN TOTAL
1809
PLAYERS ATTENDED
626
PEOPLE AT CHATS
935
GOALS SCORED
3
LOCATIONS

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ALL adults are welcome…. it doesn’t matter about your age, fitness, football ability, appearance etc.
Relaxed kickabouts with NO SLIDE TACKLES at any of the sessions.

**ALL MHFC STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS have at least DBS Checks (Basic), Mental Health First Aid certificates, Suicide Awareness and Adult Safeguarding certificates**

We primarily hope it helps and supports people’s mental health but also people’s fitness, getting people out for an hour, socialising, combatting loneliness and hopefully making new friends.

While football will help improve people’s mental health on it’s own (read our article on how it helps mental health here) we also encourage people to talk about mental health however it’s completely up to you if you’d like to talk about mental health, while playing football, after football or not at all, nothing is forced and everything is relaxed and stress free.

As we know each person has their own struggles, triggers and stresses and each person will respond to different approaches differently so we’ll be their to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible as you spend time figuring out what helps and works best for you.

We’re all there to help and support each other and hopefully by sharing stories and experiences it helps everyone in knowing you aren’t alone, you never know other people in the team may be able to help and give advice from their personal experiences and everyone has the support of this TEAM!!

Everyone who is on that pitch during the kick-about is there for the same reasons and knows what it’s about so there’ll be no judging at all.

We work with the FA being a registered FA Just Play Centre to attract more people who’d like a local casual kick about.

If anyone needs more in-depth help and tailored support we work alongside Doncaster Mind, Doncaster Talking Therapy and UK mental health charity Trauma Research UK who can provide this.

Want to know what the sessions are like from people who attend? Join our Facebook group and ask, click here 🙂 Or you can watch this video to see how our sessions are run and what they’re like, click here.

Once you’ve attended our sessions if you can please fill in this feedback form that would be massively appreciated as it would help us track the progress of MHFC, click here.

If it goes well I plan to roll it out across the UK….. If you’d like to start a weekly MHFC session in your area please get in touch and we’ll try and help to make it happen.

#MHFC #MentalHealthFC

WEEKLY KICKABOUTS

Click for more on the Saturday session

ALL adults welcome but please bring suitable clothing, footwear for football/astro turf (NO STUDS OR BLADES ALLOWED) and a drink for during football.

**PLEASE NOTE – if players can arrive 5-10mins before the session starts so we can get the teams/bibs sorted and warmed up so that we’re ready to go**

After each session, we can go back to the clubhouse if you want for an hour for refreshments.

There is a portaloo next to the hockey pitch and toilets in the clubhouse if needed.

*On occasion we play 30mins earlier at 8:30 – 9:30am, those dates are below and we’ll remind people through our Facebook page and events, sorry for any inconvenience.
After Christmas – 3/2, 24/2 & 9/3

This session is led by Ryan, Dan and Stuart.

Scroll below for a map of the venue, where to park and the location of the pitch.

Click for more info on the Monday session

ALL adults welcome but please bring suitable clothing, footwear for 3G pitch so football trainers, moulds or blades (NO STUDS ALLOWED) and a drink for during football.

**PLEASE NOTE – if players can arrive 5-10mins before the session starts so we can get the teams/bibs sorted and warmed up so that we’re ready to go**

After each session if people want we’ll be having refreshments and chat at the Sun Inn which is a five minute drive from the pitch.
(Click here to see where the pub is and for directions)

There is a toilet in the building next to our pitch.

This session is led by Adam & Mark.

Scroll below for a map of the venue, where to park and the location of the pitch.

Click for more on the Thursday session

ALL adults welcome but please bring suitable clothing, footwear for 3G pitch so football trainers, moulds or blades (NO STUDS ALLOWED) and a drink for during football.

**PLEASE NOTE – if players can arrive 5-10mins before the session starts so we can get the teams/bibs sorted and warmed up so that we’re ready to go**

After each session if people want we’ll be having refreshments and chat at The White Lady which is a two minute drive from the pitch.
(Click here to see where the pub is and for directions)

There is a toilet in the building next to our pitch.

This session is led by Stuart & Adam.

Scroll below for a map of the venue, where to park and the location of the pitch.

DISCLAIMER – We have insurance to cover us but we hope/don’t expect to use it, it’s just a friendly kick about so no dangerous tackles but we accept that accidents happen.

Photos & videos may be taken during the sessions for website and social media use to hopefully reach and attract new people, if you don’t want your photo taken that isn’t a problem and just let us know, we’ll try to mention it before each session anyway.

COST / DONATIONS

If players could contribute at least £1 per session that would help massively.

The money we get from sessions is greatly appreciated as it enables us to keep putting on sessions and even adding more sessions to help even more people around Doncaster.

You can donate via bank transfer (details below), via PayPal (click the payment link here – paypal.com/paypalme/mhfooty) and we also have donation buckets at each session if you’d prefer to contribute through cash instead of bank transfer or PayPal.

If any companies around Doncaster would like to sponsor and support the project please email me at hello@mentalhealthfc.org for more info

If more money comes in than what the pitch hire costs then the additional money will go to football equipment, refreshments and running of MHFC, THANK YOU!!

BANK INFO….

BUSINESS ACCOUNT NAME – MENTAL HEALTH FC CIC
05-02-00
74406570

FEEDBACK

To anyone seeing this and feeling apprehensive about going. I promise you that you don't need to. I can't play to save my life but the encouragement and unity that you feel leaves you flabagasted. All day today l've felt really good, seeing these pics now is part of the reason for that. Come down and have a kick about.

Paul

Absolutely worth coming along for anyone who wants to go and everyone is welcomed and encouraged, you'll be amazed how good it is for your mental health.

Anthony

I did this yesterday, it was my first time but even though my anxiety was through roof and I was so nervous I was made to feel welcome and was supported, so please give them a try, amazing friendly people and the football was so calm and friendly.

Sheridan

Great group of lads, roll on next Saturday, really can’t wait I’ve had a very stressful week so it gives me break from my worries and concentrate on playing the beautiful game.
Thanks again guys!!

Alex

Cracking night of football with a great set of lads. Mental Health FC CIC is fantastic, well organised and nice to have a beer and a chat about anything afterwards. Really enjoyed it tonight.

John

Another good kick around, it’s definitely helping to give me a boost while I’ve been struggling. Gives me a reason to force myself to get out.
Hopefully see everyone next Saturday.

Gav

Cracking session again last night with these lads - a good laugh, plenty of encouragement along with a little bit of competitive football. If you’re thinking of coming - do it - whether you’re struggling or not!!

Ben

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