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Goals for Life

Football in the Community has secured funding from Children in Need to sustain a vital mental health project for children and young people, which helps address a range of behavioural, emotional and social struggles.

Goals for Life uses the power of football to provide 10 to 18 year olds with severe to mild mental health problems the tools they need to tackle their problems. Working closely with Nottingham CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) to refer children onto the project, and the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health, the project will be evaluated to track the process of each individual and the project as a whole.

Goals for Life gives young people an informal, interactive way to focus their energy, providing them with positive role models and encouraging them to think about and explore their emotions and reactions through regular workshops. FITC work to create a comfortable, calm and positive environment so participants open up.

Sessions are structured so participants have fun and stabilise their mood. Sessions are divided in two: football-based activities and mental health promotion workshops, allowing participants to explore their feelings, using high profile, professional football examples. They address and manage their own anger issues; stress, anxiety and learn how to express themselves more effectively. This dual approach benefits participants mentally and physically. Coaching staff work as positive role models and build a rapport with participants, allowing more open communication, increasing the success of the project for each individual.

Locations and times

These FREE sessions take place at the Portland Centre every week at the following times. 

Day Time
Thursday 4.30pm - 6pm

The programmes is funded by BBC Children in Need.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved with Goals for Life, you can either send our staff an email below or call them on 0115 905 5896.