We did it! Coping Through Football wins award

Anonymous 06 March 2015

One of the Foundation’s most innovative projects, Coping Through Football, emerged victorious last night when it won the London Community Project of the Year at the London Football Awards at Battersea Evolution.

The Awards, hosted by the Willow Foundation, recognises and celebrates the best of the greatest football city in the world. The Foundation was in good company as other recipients attending on the evening included Arsene Wenger who won the Outstanding Contribution to a London Club award and Harry Kane who won London Young Player of the Year award.

Coping Through Football uses the power of football to help people with significant mental illness to get their lives back on track. Working with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust and Leyton Orient Trust the project demonstrates the power of football to engage with one of society’s most marginalised groups and to assist in the recovery of people with serious mental health conditions.

Alex Welsh, the Foundation’s CEO along with Barbara Armstrong from NELFT and Howard Gould from Leyton Orient Trust attended the event to receive the award from Paul Hawksbee of talkSPORT. Alex said “It was brilliant to be there alongside the greats of the game past and present, especially Harry Kane who began his career playing on one of our grounds at Peter May Sports Centre. Coping Through Football is a clear example of how playing fields are much more than expanses of open space and are places where lives can be improved. Hopefully this award will encourage more people to support us in our mission to provide a place to play sport forever.”