Footballers tackle mental health issues

PR2213/PT/MH - 02/04/2019

The Mid Sussex District Council Wellbeing team and Places for People Leisure are working together to offer a new mental health support programme at The Triangle leisure centre in Burgess Hill.

Run by the Crawley Town Football Club Community Foundation, the ‘Move the Goalposts’ programme is open to anyone who is experiencing or has a history of mental health issues, including stress, anxiety or depression.

The programme provides an opportunity to meet new people in a welcoming environment. Sessions are split into two halves. The first hour is a chance for the group to talk about anything that may be troubling them or that they would like support with. The second half focusses on physical activity and often includes a friendly game of football.

Staff members from the CTFC Community Foundation are trained to offer guidance and support on physical and mental health matters. Joining the community encourages positivity, good mental health and improves overall wellbeing.

The group meet at Costa Coffee in the Triangle leisure centre, Burgess Hill every Thursday at 10am. Anyone who is interested in taking part can either turn up on the day or call through to the Triangle Leisure Centre for more details.

Nick Hurley, Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team Leader said:

“Move the Goalposts’ is a fantastic project which offers support and guidance to adults who are worried about their mental health.

“Football has the power to bring people together and these sessions help to remind people that they are not alone and that support is available. Football is also an excellent form of exercise, helping participants to relieve stress, improve memory, sleep better and boosts their overall mood.

“Anyone is welcome to join in the sessions regardless of age, gender or ability and it is a great way to connect with others. You can bring a friend or family member along with you if you’d like a bit of personal support and it’s fine to take part in just one session, there is no obligation to attend both.

“The project has been running successfully in Crawley for a while now and I’m excited to be able to bring the benefits to people in Mid Sussex.”

For more information contact Darren Ford, Community Development Manager by emailing