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.

How many of the current squad representing England in France this summer have relived that moment as a child growing up, pretending to be Geoff Hurst and Kenneth Wolstenholme in the same moment? And where did all this happen? On a local playing field where, for most of us, our love for sport began.

The Government’s new sports strategy “Sporting Future” and its ambition to transform people’s well being and create a fitter, healthier and happier nation has much to commend it.

Two reports published this week providing reasons why young people drop out of sport early tell us what we’ve known for some time.

“If we don’t save playing fields people will die” was my exasperated response to someone once who kept questioning why they should support a charity like us. Sometimes it’s hard to get people to make the link between playing fields and improving lives.