Dale In The Community Sports Trust will be taking part in the EFL’s Day Of Action on Tuesday 20th March.
Coaches from the Trust will be taking a session attended by Rochdale Mind & Community Mental Health team, a charity that provides mental health services for people living in the Borough of Rochdale.
All members of the group have mental health issues which can make them feel extremely unwell both mentally and physically. Many will be on medication with side effects that can significantly impact on their lives, yet they overcome these huge obstacles to attend the group.
The football team is raising the awareness of the significant part football and other sports can have in tackling mental health issues and physical inactivity.
The group’s profile and the project is helping to tackle stigma and discrimination within all levels of the game and other sports, enabling football players and other sports people at all levels to talk more openly about their mental health.
Elsewhere, St Vincent's Primary School are representing Dale in the regional finals of the EFL Kids Cup on Tuesday. Read more HERE.
All 72 EFL Clubs will come together on the same day for the EFL’s Day of Action to demonstrate the positive impact football can have in changing young people’s lives.
From Plymouth to Peterborough and Sunderland to Southend, on Tuesday 20 March EFL Clubs across all three divisions will showcase the innovative and ground-breaking work they do for young people in tackling some of the biggest issues in society across education, health, community inclusion and participation.
Managers and players from the EFL’s 72 Clubs will be attending events up and down the country including projects that target mental health, disability and obesity.
EFL Chairman, Ian Lenagan said: “Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of Club community trusts.
“Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people.
“It is fantastic to see so many managers and players across England and Wales coming out in support of the excellent work being undertaken by their own Club right in the heart of their own community.
“There are few sporting organisations that can deliver the scale of innovative and ground-breaking activity we do via our network of Clubs across so many important areas, including inclusion, charitable causes, community engagement, education or health.”
For more information on Rochdale and District Mind and the brilliant work they do with those facing mental health issues, click HERE.