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Football in the Community Support Save the Children with Festive Fun Day

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Mansfield Town Football in the Community are delighted to be supporting the national Christmas Jumper Day on Friday (13th December), by raising money for save the children with a bumper day of Activities. All Football in the Community staff will be donning their Christmas Jumpers and donating to the cause and are asking the public for a little festive good-will in return – by either donating via text message, or coming along to join our ‘Active Minds Christmas Party’ taking place 10am to 12noon at the One Call Stadium on Friday. ‘Active Minds’ will be open to anyone wishing to come along and help us fundraise and will include fun interactive games and quizzes for all to enjoy, plus a festive singalong! That’s not all,…

Mental Wellbeing a real winner for Active Minds Participants | EFL Day Of Disabilities


Mansfield Town Football in the Community are delighted to report that the ‘Active Minds’ Project is creating a safe and secure environment for those struggling with social isolation, living with mental illness or living with Dementia. As Football in the Community celebrates thirty years of Community engagement, they are delighted to be taking in part in the EFL’s Day of Disability, celebrating the excellent results of the weekly ‘Active Minds’ project. Started in October 2018, the project works regularly with around twenty participants per week, and gives those facing social isolation, suffering from mental health issues or living with Dementia a safe haven to make new friends and enjoy a range of positive activities, including indoor and outdoor sport. Marking the EFLs Day of Disability…

Double funding boost for Football in the Community


Mansfield Town Football in the Community were delighted to receive a double funding boost last week, thanks to the efforts of local fundraisers and the local branch of the Dementia Action Alliance. Firstly, Football in the Community’s head of CCO Mark Hemingray was delighted to receive a phone call from local husband and wife team Karen and Andy Widdowson, who have taken part in several fundraising adventures for Football in the Community over the past few years. The duo informed us that they had enjoyed the sights of London, walking over the capitals iconic o2 Arena, donating £120 worth of donations raised through social media, friends and family, to Football in the Community. Secondly Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s ‘Active Minds: Chat’ group was…

Active Minds Chat group enjoy outdoor sport session


Our ‘Active Minds: Chat’ group enjoyed a morning in the sunshine last Friday, as they participated in a tailored sports session, designed to focus on team work, communication, coordination and movement. The ‘Active Minds: Chat’ project is a weekly two-hour session predominantly for people living with dementia, or those struggling with issues such as loneliness and social isolation. Activities usually take place indoors with sessions ranging from singing therapies and chair-fitness, to board game and quizzes. Football in the Community designs the activity to be as inclusive as possible and aim to make every participant leave with a smile, using the medium of football and sport, to spark conversation and friendship. Last Friday participants were taken outside into the sunshine to enjoy an outdoor exercise…

Active Minds Group proving a prolific hit, as Football in the Community tackles Mental Health.


Mansfield Town Football in the Community are delighted to announce that their proactive approach to tackling Mental Health is continuing to grow, having seen increased numbers attending their ‘Active Minds’ sessions. Taking place every Friday at the One Call Stadium, the ‘Active Minds’ sessions tackle Mental Health issues such as loneliness, low self-esteem & self-confidence, PTSD and anxiety – along with improving the lives of those living with Dementia. Since the groups launch in March, Football in the Community have seen a vast increase in the number of people attending the group, with participants enjoying a different activity each week, designed to encourage team work and improve confidence through the power of sport and play. Led by Football in the Community coaches, activities have included…

New ‘Active Minds’ Group launched by Football in the Community

Mansfield Town Football in the Community are pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of a brand new community group – ‘Active Minds’ which aims to promote inclusion and tackle isolation through the power of sport. The group will run for 48 weeks, every Friday at Mansfield Town Football in the Community at the One Call Stadium, 10am to 12noon and will be open for males aged 18 and above, specifically those suffering with issues such as low self-esteem, isolation and loneliness, depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness. In the UK men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women, whilst statistics show that males are often miss-diagnosed for most common mental health disorders including isolation, depression and low self-esteem*....