Can sport enhance mental health?

Can sport enhance mental health?

22 August 2017 by Joe Lowther in Health, Isolation, Practical Intervention, Mental Health.

At Kick London we’re convinced that sport can make a positive impact with young people struggling with their mental health.

Young people in the UK are becoming increasingly isolated and inactive. From 1961 to 2005 levels of physical activity dropped by 20 per cent and if current trends continue, will reduce by more than 35 per cent by 2030. As a result, obesity, diabetes and other health disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent (Sunday Times). Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years as well and we believe there’s a link (Independent).

Matching this rise in mental illness has been cuts to children’s mental health services meaning provision is stretched.

We have a problem, we need to respond; we can respond.

An answer: physical activity correlates positively with both emotional wellbeing, educational attainment and community cohesion.

What we know and see is that sport can reduce stress and depression, often improving a young person’s sleeping habits whilst also helping maintain a healthy weight which improves young peoples self-confidence. Furthermore, sport often improves leadership experience and develops characteristics often required for successful future employability.

At Kick London, our vision see young peoples lives transformed with God’s love through sport.

Over the past 15 years we’ve developed our sports based provision to tackle this rising tide of poor mental health in young people and today we engage over 7,000 young people a week across London.

Kick London works with churches who see the powerful potential of sport to reach out to young people for God in their communities. Kick London provides churches with the training, equipment, resources, and expertise to set up an Academy.

Our sports based mentoring provision in Schools engages young people with someone who listens to them. Enabling and empowering young people to grow through their challenges and provide them with positive directions for change.

We’re seeing real and lasting change in young people’s lives and we’d like to invite you to be part of it,.

Want to get involved?

Can Kick London help to Kick Start a Sports Ministry in your Parish?

If the answer is yes then please joins us to hear more from Kick London and how you can get involved in running an academy or going into schools to be a mentor:

Mental Health, Sports Ministry and your Parish

Date: 11th October 2017

Time: 18:30 - 20:30

Venue: Diocesan House, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4AU

To book your place please Email Chantal

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