Futsal enrichment encourages students to talk about mental health

Cirencester College has created an innovative project using the sport futsal to encourage students to open up about mental health.

The initiative has been made possible by the FA’s Innovation Fund, who have given the FA College Grassroots Hub a grant to develop futsal and football at our College. We are one of seven colleges to have received the funding, and further investment is planned in colleges later this year. The scheme works by linking our college’s in-house counsellor with the enrichment programme organiser Jess Smith, where students will be prescribed a particular physical activity to help improve their general mental health.

The sporting sessions will support students to improve their overall mental health and wellbeing, both inside College time but also outside of education. With exam season fast approaching in the summer term, it is more important that ever to support students that might be suffering with stress.

Enrichment Project Officer, Jess Smith said: “The recreational futsal sessions will be led by our football activators, counsellor and a member of staff who will contribute towards students improving their physical and mental wellbeing and leading a healthier lifestyle.

“This opportunity is imperative in supporting students’ with mental health problems as they can share their concerns with peers and wellbeing specialists from various organisations. The difference this opportunity has provided to our students has been really positive and hope we can continue this work for many more years.”

To find out more about the scheme, email our Enrichment Engagement Officer, Jess Smith at jess.smith@cirencester.ac.uk.