Our Projects

Coping Through Football

Coping Through Football is a multi-agency initiative launched in 2007 that provides an alternative approach to helping people with long term mental health problems to get their lives back on track. Working with the National Health Service (in the shape of NELFT) and Leyton Orient Trust in four London boroughs, we use the power of football to reach one of society’s most marginalised and vulnerable groups.

Recognised as a model of best practice by the Department of Health in 2010, what makes this project so successful is that it:

  • Provides a service with a difference
  • Helps service users get back a sense of identity
  • Addresses addiction problems and reduce non-prescribed drug usage
  • Promotes smoking cessation and healthier lifestyles
  • Enhances the health and well-being of service users
  • Restores lost confidence and social skills
  • Helps participants to live more independent lives

The project marked its tenth anniversary with an event at Wembley Stadium in April 2018.  To coincide with the celebrations we published a report detailing its growth over the years and the impact it has had on service users' lives. Click here to read the report or watch a short film of our service users explaining the impact of the project on their lives.

For more information about the session times and referral process please visit the Coping Through Football website: http://www.copingthroughfootball.org/