Health Kicks

Our Health Kicks sports programme offers the opportunity to access regular sporting activity to those accessing mental health services from the Greater Ipswich area who are aged 18 and above.

Our project aids rehabilitation, gives focus and importance to service user’s weekly routine as well as increasing levels of health, fitness and self-confidence. In addition we improve the life chances of those involved in our Health Kicks project utilising team building skills and social development.

Using football as the tool we deliver inclusive coaching activity that improves technical ability and game understanding whilst increasing levels of general health, fitness and well-being.

The above gives service users the opportunity to be part of a team, feel valued and develop all-important social skills. As well as having that normality in their weekly routine, that aids rehabilitation.

Here at Inspire Suffolk we also offer exit routes in to our Adult Disability Football Training and League that is affiliated to Suffolk County FA, thus giving community integration opportunities.

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Who we help?

Both males and females living with mental health issues aged 18+ living in and around Suffolk.

We work with service users based within hospitals (dependency wards), those that have been re-integrated into the community and those that may be on the cusp of developing mental health issues.

Increasingly, service users are providing peer recommendations to other potential participants, something that we intend to develop by way of a more ‘formal’ Ambassador role as we look to expand the provision to other parts of Suffolk.

Why we’re providing this programme?

During their life, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any one year. In addition 1 in 6 experience this at any one time yet currently less than 10 per cent accesses treatment. People with mental health challenges should have access to the same mainstream activities (in healthcare, employment, arts and sport) as anyone else. Projects like ours are specifically designed to benefit those living with these challenges.

Sports projects – particularly using team sports like football – make it easier for people experiencing mental health problems to socialise. Social exclusion is often a key issue for people with mental health problems. This project has helped people get involved in their community through coaching and forming friendships with others. Research carried out by Mersey Care NHS Trust showed that over 90% of attendees to a similar project run by Everton had an improved sense of well-being and increased self-confidence. Many clinical staff believe that football projects can represent a high quality, value for money intervention that compares favourably with other treatments.

Where can people access our weekly sessions?

We currently run weekly sessions on the following days and times:

Days: Monday and Wednesdays (excluding Bank Holidays)

Times: 13:00 – 15:00pm

Venue: Inspire Suffolk, Lindbergh Road, Ipswich, IP3 9QX

How do I join?  

To join one of our weekly sessions you will need to contact our team at Inspire Suffolk by either calling 01473 353194 or by emailing [email protected] in advance of you attending your first session with us. Should you wish to register someone on their behalf, please follow exactly the same procedure.