In the heart of Mansfield, the Mansfield Town Community Trust is making strides in increasing their Health and Wellbeing activities. In the spirit of the EFL's Week of Action, the Trust is taking bold steps to combat male suicide, working in collaboration with Enlighten The Shadows, a local organisation dedicated to addressing men's mental health issues, particularly the alarming rate of suicide among men.
Mansfield Town Community Trust recognises the vital role that health and wellbeing activities play in enhancing the lives of community members. In the 23/24 season, our focus has been on creating a positive impact through meaningful initiatives. Partnering with Enlighten The Shadows, we have established a new avenue to reach out to men who might be silently struggling with their mental well-being.
One such initiative is the 'Come for a Kick About?' session, inviting men aged 18 and above to participate in football activities free of charge. What started as a small gathering has blossomed into a thriving community of at least 10 participants, on top of Community Trust staff and members of Enlighten The Shadows. This initiative not only promotes physical activity through football but also provides a safe and relaxed environment for participants to engage in conversations about mental health.
After each football session, participants have the opportunity to unwind in the Leisure Centre’s Community room. Here, they can cool down, engage in discussions, or simply have a friendly chat within the group. This supportive environment encourages individuals to open up about their struggles, fostering a sense of camaraderie and understanding among participants.
Our Health & Wellbeing Officer Michal Kasinowicz is nothing but positive about the session. “'Come for a kick about?'– Football & Talk session that we deliver with Men’s Mental Health Group – Enlighten the Shadows is a prime example of what we want to achieve in our community. Positively impacting lives of as many people as possible is our mission, teaming up to deliver projects with people who are passionate about helping others is a way to do that.”
He added; “Many participants had smaller or bigger doubts before coming to the sessions, but those doubts didn’t stop them from breaking down that barrier and coming over for very first time. I think it has sent a clear message that those sessions are suitable for adult men of any abilities, fitness level and weight, and our needed in our Community. It doesn’t matter if you are 25 years old with playing experience or 55 years old and just want to enjoy a kick about, we are here for you. There are many reasons for giving 'Come for a kick about?' session a go - getting back to form, losing weight, making new friends, enjoying post-game chat just to name few.
The success of the 'Come for a Kick About?' programme has inspired Mansfield Town Community Trust to continue exploring new ways to address mental health issues within the community. The Trust remains committed to offering innovative health and wellbeing sessions, always open to new ideas and collaborations.
If you're interested in joining the 'Come for a Kick About?' session, registration is simple. Visit the following link to secure your spot: https://bookwhen.com/mtctevents