LPFF Blog

It was reassuring to hear the Prime Minister recently announce a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. Now that funding will be made available, rather the re-invent the wheel, the Government should be looking to champion and replicate those innovative interventions that have emerged over the past few years, such as our Coping Through Football project, to improve the lives of one of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised groups.

“Kids are getting fatter because we sold off all the playing fields” is a typical headline whenever the media focuses on the obesity time bomb where one in three children in London are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, the argument usually stops there and no one ever joins the dots and explains how they can make our kids healthier and I’m not just talking about the ones who are already playing organised sport. So I would like to describe how we have tackled the issue with an innovative partnership involving a local primary school.