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

 

Win The Shirt They Wore On An Historic Day

IT was Chris Wilder’s first game in charge and the Boro players proudly wore shirts with MFC Foundation replacing 32Red across the front, thanks to a generous agreement with Kindred Group.

Saturday November 20th 2021 was a day to remember.

The shirts worn, and in the case of the unused substitutes match issued, by the players on duty that day are up for auction.

https://www.matchwornshirt.com/club/middlesbrough/1175 is the link you need to see if anything catches the eye and within your price range. As much as we would like the shirts to raise as much money as possible for us here at the Foundation, we would only want you to bid if you can afford it – please auction responsibly.

Have a look through the gallery of action shots from the game, then have a look at the auction site.

If you’re bidding, thank you and good luck! If not, just enjoy the pictures taken by Tom Banks and Andrew Varley.

The auction closes at 3pm UK time this Sunday, November 28.