Football for Life Team at Training on World Mental Health Day
10 October 2016
As part of World Mental Health Day, this morning the Spireites' Football for Life team was invited along to a special first-team training session.
The team is open to all in the local area experiencing mental health issues, and after watching the first team train they were put through their paces by player-coach Ritchie Humphreys in their own gruelling session.
"It's helping people with mental health problems," said Will Hicklin, a player for the Football for Life team. "It's about getting them into football, out and working hard, getting them back into mainstream society, getting fitness levels back up - it's all good for mental health."
Team-mate Arron Sanders spoke about how he came to play for the Spireites: "I've played football from an early age and as I got older I was diagnosed with mental health problems and I felt I had to be kept away from people outside.
"I joined this team and they've helped me with my confidence and getting out of the house. I've made a lot of friends, when I wasn't a very sociable person before. This has kept me happy and kept me healthy as well."
With their training session over, attention for the side now turns to Friday when the team start their season with a match against Barnsley.
"We're here to watch the first team train and maybe pick up a few tips for ourselves because we've got a big match on Friday against Barnsley," said Will.
"We have our training sessions indoors from 7pm until 8pm on a Friday night. Anybody's welcome to come along with mental health problems and we'll welcome them with open arms, get them playing and then take it from there."