AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust offers a variety of sessions to support people with their mental health.
Using football as a tool to help engage, sessions take both a practical playing approach and support groups for those who want to talk, or just listen.
Sport & Social
Sport and Social sessions are run in partnership with Dorset Mental Health Forum.
Offered on a twice weekly basis, Sport and Social sessions take place at the Vitality Stadium 3G pitches for one hour. On arrival, everyone is split into teams and plays matches for the full hour.
The sessions are open to any one over the age of 16 who has experienced any mental health difficulty and there is a representative from Dorset Mental Health Forum within the session to offer additional support if required.
Email [email protected] to register for your place.
The Unity League is a once-a-week event that takes place at the Littledown Centre. The League is made up of teams representing support groups and charities from the local area, and they come together on a weekly basis to play their one-hour matches.
The players within the teams are all individuals who have benefitted or are using the support offered by the charities and groups that they represent.
Email [email protected] to find out more about the Unity League and how to get involved.
Talking Cherries is supporter group initiative backed by the Community Sports Trust, which helps Cherries fans with their mental health.
The group meet via Zoom on a fortnightly basis to talk life, football and anything that comes to mind. Whilst the meetings encourage everyone to speak and get involved in the conversation, many people join the calls to just sit and listen.
The group is open to anyone to join as often or as little as they would like, and more information about further meetings and how to get involved can be found here.