Coping Through Football shortlisted for award

Anonymous 03 December 2014

Coping Through Football, a project that helps people experiencing mental health problems to get their lives back on track has been shortlisted for the Innovation in Mental Health Award at this year’s Health Business Awards.

The project, which was inspired by the London Playing Fields Foundation (LPFF), uses football as a means of improving physical health, increasing self-esteem and confidence and enhancing social skills of individuals with mental health problems. In partnership with North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and Leyton Orient Trust (LOT) the project is delivered in four north east London boroughs.

London Playing Fields Foundation Chief Executive Alex Welsh said: “We are particularly pleased to be nominated for this award for innovation as our intention from the outset was to provide a service with a difference.  What sets Coping Through Football apart from other similar projects is that football outcomes are secondary to improvements to the physical health and well-being of the participants, whilst at the same time being underpinned by clinical protocols.”

Barbara Armstrong, Waltham Forest Lead for Social Inclusion and Joint Lead Occupational Therapist from NELFT who has overseen the delivery of the Coping Through Football project, said: “NELFT is committed to delivering services that are recovery-focussed and promote social inclusion It is fantastic that Coping Through Football, which has helped so many people with their recovery from mental health problems, has been recognised by Health Business Awards. Within mental health it is recognised that there is no ‘benchmark’ of what someone's recovery should look like or how quickly someone needs to achieve their goals.  This has been key to the success of Coping Through Football in realising the potential of those individuals using our services.”

The Health Business Awards recognise and celebrate the significant contributions made each year by organisations and individuals that work inside and alongside the NHS. The award winners will be announced on 4th December.