It’s not what I do for football, it’s what football does for me.
What is Bath Mind’s football group?
Our football group offers a fun and friendly mixed game for all abilities and the opportunity to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of being active. Bath City Football Foundation lead the sessions, with support from Bath Mind volunteers. It’s open to all aged 16+ and offers a fun and friendly mixed game for all abilities.
In the spring and summer, the football group runs from the iconic Bath Recreation Ground in the city centre. Please use the Great Pulteney Street entrance which is past Laura Place Fountain and through the turnstiles. In the winter, the football group runs from Hayesfield Girls’ School.
Times: Thursday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Contact: [email protected] or 07538113890 / 07970681178
Please self-refer or get in contact before attending.
How can I join?
Case Study: Carolyn’s Story
As an individual with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and generalised anxiety disorder, I have in the past used exercise as a very unhealthy means to control (block out) my emotions. During the lows of anorexia nervosa I used over exercise in the form of running, and more specifically competitive running, in a way that was severely detrimental to my physical health. In fact, the more severely underweight I became, the faster I was at running and the more successful I became competitively.
It was a cycle of destruction that eventually led to eating disorder inpatient treatment. Going through the recovery process, I’ve had to set myself clear boundaries around preventing over exercise; learning to ‘run for fun, not for time’ and utilising opportunities for time-bound social exercise, as well as trying to accept my body at a much higher weight – all of which are an ongoing challenge.
However, through the Get Set to Go football sessions, I’ve learnt so much and I have many favourite parts:
- I’ve learnt to have fun in a genuinely non-competitive way (a massive achievement). Playing football with Bath Mind, it’s not about winning but purely playing and having fun as a team.
- I’ve learnt new skills in football, and felt supported and encouraged by the Bath City FC coach/team.
- I’ve learnt that encouraging others and seeing other people shine and develop in their skills and confidence is what really what makes the game fun.
- I’ve met a range of new people, with complex and diverse needs, all mutually supportive – creating an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere.
- I’ve challenged my own social anxieties and feel more confident and positive about trying other new sporting activities, as well as feeling more positive about further challenging my anxieties with new volunteering opportunities in the future.
- Regardless of what mental state I arrive in at each football session, I always leave much more uplifted, accomplished, energised and relaxed.
As a peer volunteer I really relish the opportunity to encourage others to take part in sporting activities. It’s great to take an active part in the sport, but also very rewarding to provide encouragement and support to individuals, and through the weeks see their personalities and skills develop and shine too.”
Peer Volunteer at Bath Mind