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 claire.streeter@mfcfoundation.co.uk

 

Stepping Up: Transition Questions Answered

We are delighted to share with you a transitional support booklet which has been designed by our dedicated transition team via the Stepping Up project.

The booklet will help students explore any anxieties, queries or concerns they have regarding their secondary school transition, as well as support them in developing a structured toolkit of strategies to help with this.

This is available for all schools and is free of charge. To sign up and retrieve your pack, complete with school/trust logo, please contact our Stepping Up Coordinator Steven Bell at steven.bell@mfcfoundation.co.uk

That’s also the e-mail to use for further information on the programme.

But before you do that, please follow the link below to watch a video with a young girl called Lola.

Transitioning from primary to secondary school can be a daunting experience, with many questions asked as youngsters take what can be a scary trip into the unknown. These may be Lola’s questions, they could just as easily be yours. They are all answered answered by our Stepping Up coaches.

MFC Foundation are the pioneers of the Stepping Up Transition project.

Stepping Up: Questions Answered