Sunderland and Arsenal team up for football 'therapy'
A group of local footballers with mental health challenges from one of Foundation of Light’s programmes travelled to London recently to take on a similar team from Arsenal in the Community.
The day out was made possible following the receipt of funding from the Kick it Out Fans for Diversity Fund.
The trip saw the group travel to London to face the Arsenal in the Community group in two competitive 5-a-side football matches.
In the friendly games were played in a great spirit, with the football being played a sportsmanlike way.
The Sunderland team consisted of players from Hopewood Hospital who take part in the NHS Exercise Therapy Group sessions, delivered by Foundation of Light coaches as part of the Disability Development Fund.
After the friendly, the group then made their way around the corner to the Emirates Stadium to watch, in their words, “the second most important game of the day” as Arsenal took on Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.
One of the Foundation of Light players commented, “I’ve had a brilliant day…It has lifted my spirits and given me an experience I would never have had. Thank you Foundation of Light!”
Chris Reay, Foundation of Light Coach said: “A huge thank you to Arsenal in the Community for being such brilliant and hospitable hosts. The group were absolutely fantastic and once again a pleasure to take away. The football they played was good, and worthy of the end results. Days like this allow us to see the impact of the sessions and I’d like to thank the Kick It Out Fans for Diversity Fund for making the trip possible!”
From: Foundation of Light