Think With Your Feet

Participants in Middlesbrough FC kits huddle up for a team talk

FOOTBALL is increasingly being recognised as a valuable tool for practical mental health therapy, and MFC Foundation is very much at the forefront of this endeavour.

MFC Foundation’s ‘Think with Your Feet’ mental health football sessions have rapidly expanded since they began in February 2015 and this is mainly due to the ever growing partnership with MIND and their ‘Get set to go project’ which refers service users into our weekly football sessions.

As well as weekly football session participants are also given the opportunity to represent MFC Foundation in national competitions ran by similar initiatives at other football clubs.

The team, currently ranked 1st in the country after winning the National Mental Health Championships hosted by Everton in the Community, have won a range of silverware this year after wins in Northampton, Derby and Rotherham. Alongside this a group of participants were lucky enough to go to Munich, thanks to fundraising and sponsors, and compete in the EASI-Regenbogen-Cup which they also won in extra time.

The impact of the sessions goes above and beyond keeping fit and playing football.

“Not so long ago, I tried to kill myself and was also harming myself. Now, through football and MFC Foundation’s football team I can see a point to my life. I enjoy spending time there and have made loads of friends. All the lads and the coaches are superb, I love playing with MFC Foundation – I love the Boro, but not as much as the Boro loves me.” – Think With Your Feet participant

We also hold an annual Social Inclusion tournament, which this year alongside Everton’s National Championships, was the joint biggest tournament in the UK attracting teams from as far as Carlisle and Wrexham.

If you would like to know more, please email liam.watson@mfcfoundation.co.uk

 

Foundation And CPI Join Forces To Offer Career Guidance

UNSURE what your next steps should be?  Want to find a job but have no idea what kind of job you’d like to do?  Have a career goal but don’t know how to get there?

Would you like two of Teesside’s best players on your team?

For more information call Paul on 07584 504976 or email enquiries@mfcfoundation.co.uk

On September 27th we will be launching an exciting two-week course, Future Innovators, looking at new ways to find jobs you would love to do and creative methods of showing your skills and potential to employers.

Sponsored by CPI and delivered by MFC Foundation, this is your opportunity to have help from two of the best known organisations in Teesside and be our next success story.

With our combined expertise and business networks, alongside fantastic supportive staff we can help you to score your career goals.

MFC Foundation are the Middlesbrough Football Club’s official charity. With our fantastic network of local businesses and training organisations we have supported hundreds of young people into work through the unique power of sport.

CPI works with partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve our environment, and increase productivity across industries. They are experts at helping technology businesses take a small idea and through research, problem solving and creativity turn that idea into a success story.

CPI want to show you how to use the same skills to find a career that is right for you.