Published Monday 16 August 2021 at 17:54
Creative Football supports adults with mental health and wellbeing challenges through the power of football. The Lancashire Football Association have recognised what a positive difference Creative Football provide and have awarded the team the Grassroots Project of the Year!
Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic Creative Football have adapted their service and supported more people than ever before. The awards are to celebrate the fantastic individuals who put their heart and soul in to the beautiful game and a way to say thank you to all the volunteers.
Creative Football is a non-for-profit organisation which encompasses Blokes United, Girls United and the Social Inclusion Football League. The team of three staff and fifty volunteers welcome adults of all ages and abilities, including those with disabilities to its home at Witton Park 3G to have an informal kick-about. During lockdown Creative Football offered one to one sessions instead of group sessions and when football was not allowed they offered walking and cycling around the park.
Since restrictions have eased, Creative Football have re-commenced their group sessions in Blackburn, Darwen and Langho and in addition are now also offering sessions in Burnley. Soon they hope to start sessions in Accrington and Rossendale.
Paul Hardman, who manages Creative Football says “Receiving this award is wonderful news, I am delighted that the efforts of the team over the last year have been recognised by the FA”.
Many players are affected by mental health issues, are recovering from substance misuse, homelessness, unemployment and social isolation. ‘John’, one of the players really struggled during lockdown and consequently developed a drug addiction. John was an active young man and during one of the kick-about sessions he broke down and told the team about his difficulties. The team referred John to other services and the following week he was receiving support for his mental health and substance misuse. John now regularly attends football sessions and his wellbeing has improved significantly.
If you know someone who could benefit from attending Creative Football sessions, you can find out more by visiting www.creativefootball.co.uk or get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, messaging us on social media or calling us on 01254 661501.