WFT and Time to Change Wales Aim to End Stigma of Mental Health Problems
4 March 2015

WFT and Time to Change Wales Aim to End Stigma of Mental Health Problems

The Welsh Football Trust have assisted Time to Change Wales in achieving grant funding from Sport Wales Calls4Action.

The Welsh Football Trust have assisted Time to Change Wales in achieving grant funding from Sport Wales Calls4Action.

<2R>With the help of the Welsh Football Trust, the Time to Change Wales national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems, has been awarded a £104,000 grant from Sport Wales Calls4Action funding for their Breaking the Barriers project.

The initiative with Time to Change Wales is focused on increasing sport participation, improve well-being and provide access to sport within an environment that is inclusive and engaging. Such engagement will set the conditions for regular activity that will result in both health and well-being improvements.

The initiative will involve Newtown FC and Merthyr Town FC in the first two years of the project, with Newport County FC and Wrexham FC being involved in years two and three.

Amongst its key aims, Time to Change Wales’ Breaking Barriers project will ensure that more people across Wales are involved in sport activity by engaging with at least 700 individuals, achieve a measurable improvement in health and well-being of at least 450 people with mental health problems as a result of their engagement in football activities and achieve a lasting improvement in the health and well-being of at least 25% of the people with mental health problems who engage with the project.

Welsh Football Trust Chief Executive Neil Ward told welshfootballtrust.org.uk: “We are engaged with a wide range of partners to ensure more people from disadvantaged groups and communities have the opportunity to participate in football and enjoy the health benefits promoted by being involved in the game whether as a player, coach, official or volunteer.

“This exciting new project aims to address through the vehicle of football, the public stigma often attached to people with mental health issues. We are delighted to have formed the partnership with Time To Change Wales to deliver this project and are grateful to Sport Wales for their financial backing and support.”

Adele Baumgardt, Vice-Chair of Sport Wales, who is pictured with Rob Franklin (Regional Development Coordinator with the WFT) above, said: “We have an unshakeable commitment to tackle inequality in Welsh sport. We know it’s not just a Welsh issue but we will not sit back and accept it because sport should be for everyone, regardless of their background.”

Anthony Metcalfe of Time to Change Wales added: “Time to Change Wales is delighted that our partnership funding application with the Welsh Football Trust has been successful.

“This funding provided by Sport Wales Calls4Action will enable the partners to take our ground breaking anti-stigma campaign into a number of clubs and to work in partnership with them to address this area while also improving physical activity within our client group.”

WFT and Time to Change Wales Aim to End Stigma of Mental Health Problems