New football schemes for players with disabilities and mental health issues in Wellingborough

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Two new inclusive football programmes for players with disabilities and mental health problems are to launch in Wellingborough.

The schemes, named Turn Up and Play and Heads Up, will begin on Monday, April 11, at Redwell Leisure Centre and run each Monday.

These are being co-ordinated by Northampton Town’s Cobblers in the Community scheme and Northamptonshire FA, and each will see Northampton Town’s FA-qualified coaches provide safe and enjoyable football activities.

Both will aim to help players learn new skills and make friends in a comfortable environment.

The Turn Up and Play inclusive sessions for footballers with a disability will run from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, followed by the Heads Up sessions for players with mental health problems from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

The first session is free, with a cost of £2 per session thereafter, with both of these sessions indoors, so suitable footwear should be worn.

Amber Wildgust, disability football development officer at Northamptonshire FA, said: “Taking part in sports is known to have a positive impact on health and well-being.

“We want to make football open to as many people as possible; hopefully these sessions will encourage more people in Northamptonshire to get playing.”

For more information on either programme, email, call 01604 592886, or visit the website.