Using football to improve mental health
Clyde FC Community Foundation was founded in 2013 to engage local people, using the power of football, to create lasting change and create a healthier, more prosperous community.
In 2019, Clyde FC Community Foundation was awarded a grant of £2,000 to deliver a mental health support group, in a safe, informal and non-clincal setting, for men in their local area of Cumbernauld.
The weekly sessions were held at Clyde FC’s stadium, Broadwood, and were enjoyed by 40 people. Participants were able to take part in football sessions on the main pitch at the stadium providing them with the same experience as a professional football team. Those taking part showed an increase in confidence, established new social groups and improved their communication and teamwork skills. Following the sessions some participants were able to return to work or further education.
"You can see by looking at these boys in the training matches at Broadwood how good an impact it's had. Five or six months ago they wouldn't even have looked at you."