An 8 week therapeutic programme for up to 8 young people in school that uses football to address various behavioural issues in school or at home. It is delivered by mental health practitioners and trained football coaches.
Sessions include the following subject areas:
- Pre and post individual sessions per young person
- Thinking about the need to change tactics
- Thinking before actions
- Teamwork and Leadership
- Communicating positively
- Coping strategies
Football can create many of the same emotions that can be experienced at home or school. Anger, frustration and disappointment are common feelings that a football player will experience. If a student can learn the techniques to handle these emotions on a pitch, they will also have the ability to do the same in a classroom situation. When playing football, it is also vital to think about your choices, your consequences and your next move. Without thinking these important things through, a player is likely to make mistakes and ultimately not perform well. The football programme encourages students to think about these things on a football pitch with the intention to take this skill into the classroom and into their lives at home.
Each session includes:
- Introduction to the topic and discussion
- Skills and match play
Luton Town Football Club supports our programme by offering those who complete the course match tickets and/or a stadium tour.