Newport County and Wrexham join our mental health programme
25 July 2016

Newport County and Wrexham join our mental health programme

The We Wear The Same Shirt programme is expanding

Newport County and Wrexham have joined up to our We Wear the Same Shirt programme, designed to use football to help adults suffering with mental health issues.

We Wear the Same Shirt is a partnership between the FAW Trust and Time to Change Wales, the national campaign to end mental health stigma.

The sessions aim to break down the barriers faced by those living with mental health conditions by playing football through a tailored programme that aligns mental with physical well being.

The weekly football programme was first launched by Merthyr Town and Newtown in November, and the sessions have proved popular, with participants feeling the benefits both physically and mentally.

The programme is free to attend and has benefited from Sports Wales funding in response to evidence that physical activity can significantly aid recovery.

The sessions are free of the pressures of competition, with no commitment to play on the day, and trained coaches who are sensitive to the side effects of medication.

The programme runs alongside a national campaign that encourages members of the public to visit the We Wear the Same Shirt website and make their pledge to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Time to Change Wales Programme manager Ant Metcalfe said: “It’s great to see both Newport and Wrexham launching Same Shirt sessions this summer.

"In our first few months of running the sessions at Merthyr and Newtown, we’ve already seen huge improvements in participants’ mental and physical wellbeing.

"With one in four people living with a mental health problem, we want to see even more clubs recognise the importance of mental well being within their communities and the role they can play in breaking down the barriers for those with a mental health problem.”

We Wear the Same Shirt runs at:

• Newport: PlayFootball Newport, Newport Civil Service Sports Club from 1.00pm to 2:30pm every Thursday (starts 21/07/16)

• Wrexham: Plac Madoc Sports Centre from 4.30pm to 6.00pm every Wednesday (starts 03/08/16)

If you would like to join a team, call Norman at Newport County on 07468 723 636 or , or click here to email.

Call Matthew at Wrexham on 07792 788 623 or or click here to email.

Please visit this page for more information.

Newport County and Wrexham join our mental health programme