Good Mood Football League in South West Yorkshire

ContactMark Wisbey, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Telephone01422 281 317
Emailmark.wisbey@swyt.nhs.uk
Websitehttp://www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/quality-innovation/initiatives-projects/good-mood-football-league/
AddressFieldhead, Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield, WF1 3SP

Good Mood Football LeagueThe Good Mood Football League, run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, involves players who have all used mental health services.

The league, established in 2011/12, enables people with an interest in football of varying levels of ability and at different stages of the rehabilitation process to access the sport. Teams are made up of players who have all used mental health services.

Coaching and refereeing training are also be offered to allow service users to participate in a variety of ways along with playing in the games.

The Good Mood League is funded through Creative Minds and is supported by the Huddersfield Community Trust, West Riding County Football Association and has remained widely supported by community Mental Health Services.

The League now has teams which travel to other similar leagues in other regions such as a league that runs in Manchester. More recently two for the teams are looking to work together to enter a European competition.

Positive outcomes

Many people are still unconvinced by the benefits that playing football or taking part in sport can have on mental health. But the Good Mood Football League has already shown that sport can be used to achieve important results in the treatment and convalescence of people with mental health problems.

Of 56 service users surveyed about the league:

  • 92% agreed that their physical health and mental health had improved
  • 94% said it had helped prevent re-admission to hospital
  • 75% felt more optimistic about their future
  • 85% said it had helped develop their confidence.

Exercising, the opportunity to meet new people and confidence building are just a few of the many benefits that can be had by taking part in a sport such as football and all support a person’s rehabilitation process.