Les Ferdinand kicks off mental health project expansion

Friday 24th October, 2008

The ‘Air Football’ project has received further funding via former England footballer Les Ferdinand who delivered a £206,399 grant from the UK’s largest sports charity the Football Foundation.

Air Football was set up to provide support to people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol addicts, homeless people and those living in social exclusion. Support from the project was aimed at improving health, wellbeing and job opportunities.

By providing football training sessions twice a week that involve matches and tournament opportunities, Air Football has been able to also advise people on nutrition, exercise and fitness, smoking cessation and sexual health.

Support is also available to those with mental health and substance abuse problems so they can find access to treatment that will help them overcome their issues.

Air Football is open to men and women aged 16 and over and is currently running in North East London. This increased funding should allow the project to expand further to help more people living in the London and Essex area.

To find out more about the Air Football project click here

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