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Football to help mentally ill

Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe is to launch a scheme that uses football to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness.

"Coping Through Football" is funded with a £212,034 grant from the Football Foundation and managed by the London Playing Fields Foundation.

The scheme targets 18 to 35-year-old men who are being treated within the mental healthcare system but prefer not to attend the typical therapy sessions on offer.

Football sessions are designed to improve the physical fitness of participants, introduce routine into daily life and provide a comfortable social environment.

Minister for Sport  Gerry Sutcliffe said: "This is an exciting pilot initiative which draws on football's qualities such as team-bonding and exercise, which can build self-esteem and help a person get back on track and achieve their full potential."

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, added that the initiative was the "latest example of how the Football Foundation is harnessing our national game as an important vehicle that an help support individuals and deliver benefits to society in a wide range of areas."

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