Men’s Health Week 2021

Creative Football is part of Creative Support, a national Health and Social Care provider with charitable status. Creative Football aims to use football to engage people who may find traditional forms of support, like talking and art therapies, uncomfortable. They run a variety of bespoke football initiatives such as Social Inclusion League, Blokes United and Girls United.

The 14th to the 20th June is Men’s Health Week which aims to spread awareness of how men can take care of their physical and mental wellbeing.

We spoke to, Paul Hardman, the creator of Creative Football, a charity in Lancashire, about what they do and why they think it is important to take care of yourself.

Creative Football is part of Creative Support, a national Health and Social Care provider with charitable status. Creative Football aims to use football to engage people who may find traditional forms of support, like talking and art therapies, uncomfortable. They run a variety of bespoke football initiatives such as Social Inclusion League, Blokes United and Girls United.

Paul Hardman said, “It is well documented that men find it difficult to talk about how they are feeling for fear of appearing weak. Unlike other forms of support, there are no expectations within our Football Projects to reveal any emotional distress or problems they may be having.

We simply play football, build up trust over the following weeks and in time people come forward. That’s when we are able to use our experience and knowledge as mental health practitioners to provide a holistic support package to address and resolve any issues that are having a detrimental impact on someone’s wellbeing.”

Initially a small football session consisting of six people, Creative Football has grown to now support over 200 participants a week to improve their mental and physical wellbeing through football.

Paul added, “Mental and physical health are linked. When you take part in physical exercise the activity relieves stress, improves sleep and can overall boost your mood.”

Newground Together’s employment project More Positive Together regularly works with Creative Football to help improve clients’ mental health. Watch the video below to find out more.

Karen Marsden, Sustainable Communities Project Officer at More Positive Together, said, “Sometimes when clients come to us, they may be struggling with unemployment or financial issues which can have a huge impact on someone’s mental health. The hardest part can be to get people to talk about it. The is where Creative Football comes in. Everyone I have recommend Creative Football to has really benefitted from getting involved.”

You can find out more about Creative Football here: www.creativefootball.co.uk

If you would like to find out more about More Positive Together you can do so here: https://www.newgroundtogether.co.uk/employment-skills/

Newground Together working in partnership with Creative Football.

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