Cov Uni staff create new football team for mental health  - The Coventry Observer

Cov Uni staff create new football team for mental health 

Holly Clement 20th Jun, 2024   0

A COVENTRY university staff member is helping people to improve their mental health by starting a new football team.

Sean Davies, who has faced issues such as grief in recent years, was inspired to create Stay Strong United – giving people the opportunity to be active and talk about how they feel with others.

Sean said: “I decided to set up this mental health football team to support myself and others to go out there and utilise football as a foundation to improve their mental health.

“You have a platform to go and just play football, make some friends, talk openly about how your week has been and talk about your mental health, knowing this is a safe environment.

“The amount of responses and people saying ‘I’m looking forward to joining in and actually having something that is a safe space’ has been unbelievable.

“It’s something that I’ve taken a lot of pride in – I can reflect back and say I am making a difference and helping the people of Coventry and Warwickshire.”

The group is open to anyone over the age of 18, and of any footballing ability.

The club’s sessions take place at Christ the King FC in Coventry and Stay Strong United will be taking part in a festival hosted by the West Midlands Mental Health League on June 26 which also involves Sky Blues in the Community.

An 11-a-side match is also being organised for 14 July against Solihull MANvFAT.

Sean’s colleague Bright Omenogor said: “The moment I saw it, it was really nice.

“I spoke to Sean and I got the whole narrative of what this is about and here I am.

“We try to share stuff about mental health as well because the rate of suicide nowadays is really not great.

“If there’s something bugging you, talk to somebody about it. But people tend not to talk…I am one of those people.

“Any way that we can reach out and help ourselves as people, as human beings, I am absolutely down for that…and I love football.

“So, football and mental health…let’s see how far we can go.”


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