Virgin Trains is partnering with Solihull Moors Football Club, and Solihull Mind, on a six-month programme of footballing sessions to promote improved health and wellbeing.
The weekly all-inclusive coaching takes place every Friday and is aimed at men and women of all ages, providing support and advice for the increasing number of people affected by mental health issues.
“Solihull Moors is more than just a football club,” explained Becci Fox, Disability and Community Manager for the Moors. “And in Virgin Trains we have found a partner who shares our vision of working with the local community.”
“With their support, we’ve been able to work with Solihull Mind to deliver bespoke training sessions for people suffering from poor mental health who perhaps might not have the confidence to speak about their problems in a more formal setting.”
The first sessions have attracted around 20 people each week, and the feedback has been extremely positive.
“It’s been great for team building and getting me motivated and out of a rut” …Tom
“Can’t we make it every day, it’s been the best escape from my mental health condition”…Mark
“The positive impact on all the players has been amazing. It’s creating an environment which is supportive in helping to improve mental health”…. Dave
“Great for the players to take their minds of their mental health, and for encouraging them to think outside the box and improve communication”…. Andy
Jo Buckley, Community Manager at Virgin Trains, explained:
“Mental Health is an issue that touches on everyone’s life,. The facts speak for themselves: one in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any year. This has a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK.
“Through raised awareness our aim is to be able to help customers, employees, friends and family members alike to recognise symptoms and to protect and maintain their mental health. That’s why we jumped at the chance to work with Solihull Moors and Solihull Mind on such a rewarding project.”
The sessions take place between 13:30 and 15:30 each Friday in Knowle. Further details are available by calling Solihull Mind on 0121 742 4941.