Not all children and young people (CYP) can or are willing to engage in traditional 1:1 talking therapies. For many, it is simply too intense or talking through their feelings in that setting is too difficult.
Unfortunately, because of a lack of alternative provision, many CYP do not receive the support they need and often express their frustrations through unhelpful behaviours. These CYP may then struggle long-term with educational engagement leading to potentially negative personal and social impacts.
Our programmes are designed to support children in a way that is fun and engaging through activities they are passionate about (i.e. music & football) with a sound psychological approach around CBT principles, a well known and evidence based psycho-social intervention.
Although these programmes do not seek to treat mental or psychological disorders by psychological means it aims to give CYP a better understanding of their emotions and provides them with new tools to cope better. Hence, this provision targets mild difficulties by providing early intervention to those aged 8-14 (or school years 3 to 9) who may be struggling with difficulties around anxiety, low-mood, low self-esteem and/or challenging behaviours.
Through using football and music we are able to evidence a tangible improvement around behaviour, anxiety, self-confidence and engagement in learning.
TACTICS (Football-based programmes)
TACTICS is a football based programme for children and young people displaying challenging behaviours. These groups are delivered by a team of trained practitioners and FA trained coaches.
‘When playing football, it is 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 so that they become second nature. By doing so, these same skills can be used into the classroom and lives at home.’
Topics include: understanding my emotions, thinking before acting, strengths and weaknesses and expressing anger in helpful ways.
“I had the chance to speak out and be listened to; it was a really fun time there” (Young person)
“I got a lot of support for when I’m angry; It helped me to calm down” (Young person)
“I’ve learnt to not get involved in silly situations that can get me in trouble” (Young person)