Sevenoaks Town FC reveal plans for Wellbeing Football to support the local community

In collaboration with Sevenoaks’ Social Prescribing Link Coordinator, Matthew Bromley, the club will launch new Sevenoaks Town Wellbeing Football adult football sessions on Friday 25th February.

​These 5-a-side sessions will take place from 7.00pm each and every Friday on the 3G pitch and are tailored for those experiencing mental health challenges.

Participants over the age of 18 with mental health problems or issues, are warmly welcome at these sessions, no questions asked. This football provision aims to provide a space where players can disconnect from their thoughts and simply enjoy the benefits of football. 

From the physical activity perks to meeting friendly people, getting some fresh air and being out and about, these are just a few of the many reasons why individuals are encouraged to sign up to the free, mixed gender sessions.

Speaking about Sevenoaks Town Wellbeing Football, Club Chairman Paul Lansdale said: “I am really pleased to be able to begin these sessions at Greatness Park. After a difficult few years, the benefits of playing football and being active have never been clearer. Football is a powerful tool, and we want to introduce this football experience to help those in our local community.”

“Anyone who signs up can trust they’ll be warmly welcomed in a safe space which we hope will become one they look forward to visiting regularly. There is no pressure applied whilst our aspiration is to expand upon the social elements of the football training, as the sessions build.”

“Football can serve as a means of breaking down barriers and stigma around mental health. By adding these sessions to our weekly provision of football, we will support our community and be able to welcome even more faces to Greatness Park. 

Matthew Bromley, Sevenoaks’ Social Prescriber added: “The aim of Sevenoaks Town Wellbeing Football is to help reduce social isolation and promote mental & physical wellbeing. Football has incredible social benefits for people. It is an opportunity to meet new people, to be part of a group, and to rekindle a sense of camaraderie within a team environment.”

“Team sport builds confidence, develops friendships, and encourages social opportunities away from the football pitch. Most of our sessions are followed by a visit to the club house which gives everyone an opportunity to foster relationships off the field.”

Matthew added, “I founded a similar project in 2014 to help people with mental health challenges to have a release from their thoughts and stresses by using football. I have found over the 20 plus years of coaching and playing sport that it has helped me manage my mental health more times than I can count and at times stopped me going into crisis.”

“In addition to the many benefits of being physically active, it has opened my eyes to understanding that I will always have my mental/physical health challenges but I have the ability to manage them. Sport is a fantastic way of me do this and this is my main driver to deliver this fabulous project with Sevenoaks Town FC.”

To sign up for the first session by Sevenoaks Town Wellbeing Football, please register and complete the form on the club’s website.

Please note, those who attend the session are required to wear boots which are appropriate for a 3G surface. If you require support with sourcing boots or cannot afford a pair, please get in touch with the club in advance. 

For further information about Sevenoaks Town Wellbeing Football, please contact Matthew on 07920 753806 or email wellbeing@sevenoakstownfc.co.uk.

​About Matthew Bromley
The aim of Sevenoaks Town Wellbeing Football is to help reduce social isolation and promote mental & physical wellbeing. Football has incredible social benefits for people. It is an opportunity to meet new people, to be part of a group, and to rekindle a sense of camaraderie within a team environment. Team sport builds confidence, develops friendships, and encourages social opportunities away from the football pitch. Most of our sessions are followed by a visit to the club house which gives everyone an opportunity to foster relationships off the field.

I have foundered a similar project in 2014 to help people with mental health challenges to have a release from their thoughts & stresses by using football. I have found over the 20 + years of coaching/playing sport that it has helped me manage my mental health more times than I can count & at times stopped me going into crisis. In addition to the many benefits of be physically active it has opened my eyes to understanding that I will always have my mental/physical health challenges but I have the ability to manage them, sport is a fantastic way of me doing this & this is my main driver to founding this fabulous project with Sevenoaks Town FC.