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We're getting behind World Mental Health Day

Join our Super Robins Mental Health Football Team...

13 October 2022

Club News

We're getting behind World Mental Health Day

Join our Super Robins Mental Health Football Team...

13 October 2022

Throughout the week and building on World Mental Health Day, we’ve been doing our bit to back the campaign and highlight the importance of speaking out if you finding life tricky right now.

Many of you will no doubt be aware of the initiative, which has been running for more than 70 years and provides us with the opportunity to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things if we’re struggling.

Mental health problems exist in our lives, families, workplaces and communities, impacting everyone.

We must do as much as possible to prevent mental ill-health, as individuals and as a society.

You may have already seen our short video on socials this week with first-teamers Jonny Williams, Sol Brynn, Louis Reed and Tom Clayton providing some details around seeking help if you feel you to speak out.

As well as backing World Mental Health Day, we are also working alongside CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and MIND to provide you with some help should you need it.

Simply visit www.thecalmzone.net or www.mind.org.uk

You’re part of our family and we’re right behind you.

Join our Super Robins Mental Health Team…

Many of you will have witnessed fifteen minutes of pure action and adrenaline during half-time at our last home match against Newport County the Tuesday before last.

Our Super Robins Mental Health Team took to the field against an Exiles side consisting of individuals who have received support for their mental wellbeing or at the recovery stage, and what a cracker it was.

It was great to see the crowd getting behind the teams and cheering them on in a game that meant so much to them.

The two sides actually played each other twice on the day, having met earlier that afternoon at Foundation Park prior to their half time showdown, with Swindon claiming a 2-0 victory.

Newport responded well though and emerged 1-0 winners at the half time interval clash, but we did enough to win 2-1 on aggregate.

As part of celebrating World Mental Health Day earlier this week, we spoke to coach James and Super Robins players Jason, Sabre, George and Daniel, regarding our mental health team to give you all a clearer insight into the programme we offer.

Who are the Super Robins?

As part of the STFC Community Foundation’ delivery, we are Swindon Town’s representative for Mental Health Football.

We provide a home to sixteen individuals who are looking to improve their mental health through football.

You don’t need to be a regular baller, in fact, you may have never kicked a ball before, but we welcome all abilities.

How and when did the Super Robins form?

“As part of the EFL Trust initiative Every Player Counts, working in partnership with MIND, the STFC Mental Health Team formed in 2016, first training at local leisure centre, Grange CC.

As the team evolved and we found new players, the team changed their name to the Super Robins in 2019.

Some of our members have been with us since the first session, showing the impact it can have on players.

We’ve had some come to us unemployed with real low self-confidence and have then worked hard to enhance this and get them back in to part and full-time employment, which ultimately is what we’re here to help and support people with.

What does the programme offer?

“We are a group that offer social opportunities through football, allowing those experiencing or on the recovery path for mental health that crucial social contact with other like-minded people.

Our links with Mind, Swindon Borough Council and other local organisations and charities enable us to offer a platform for people to grow in confidence alongside their peers.

What’s the best part about being a Super Robin?

Here’s some quotes from a few of our players, to give you an insight from their perspective…

Daniel – “Super Robins is great for socialising and making new friends.

Jason – “Spending time with likeminded people I enjoy.”

George – “Having somewhere I can enjoy playing football every week is fantastic.”

Sabre – “The environment is great and enables me to play football without any pressure.”

Favourite moment during the Newport fixture?

Speaking at last Friday’ session, the players gave an insight into their favourite part of the Newport game…

Daniel – “Scoring the goal to win the game for us at Foundation Park and playing in front of so many fans.”

Jason – “Nutmegging their player on the pitch.”

George – “The pizza after the game at Foundation Park.”

Sabre – “Getting accidentally nutmegged by my own player and the Town End going wild!”

What additional opportunities does the group offer?

Throughout the season, our squad play in fixtures against other football league clubs.

These include Newport County both home and away, while also taking part in The Ability Counts League and other tournaments across the country.

The social opportunities make the project so special and give the participants the opportunities they deserve.

Do I need a diagnosis to join?

Not at all. If you’re feeling down, life is bothering you and you need a distraction from the world, then our sessions can be just that.

It’s important for people to know that you don’t need a diagnosis. This little bit of social interaction through football could be the thing that improves your overall mental wellbeing.

This can be an hour where you can socialise with other people, take part in some team training and then all our other opportunities such as fixtures and tournaments too.

How can I get involved?

“Please get in contact with James, either via e-mail at james.s@stfcfoundation.com or alternatively by phone on 01793 421303.

All the information and data you provide is strictly confidential, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch, even if it’s for a chat or some more information.


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