Mental Health Support for Sports Clubs


Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity E-learning

 - Everyone who delivers coaching in a club, leisure centre or any other community sports & physical activity setting, – such as coaches, fitness instructors, personal trainers, activators, sports administrators, front of house staff or volunteers – will benefit. Requires subscription to access the course.


Promoting Good Mental Health through Coaching animation 

UK Coaching in partnership with Mind and with support from Public Health England (PHE) have developed a short animation and infographics as an introduction for coaches and physical activity providers.


English Institute of Sport

A useful resource produced by English Institute of Sport demonstrating their mental health support across their High Performance Programme.


Ted Talk - Hillary Cauthen

15-minute video discussing the toxicity of sport culture on the mental health of athletes.


The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

By signing up to the Charter, you are committing to helping make our vision, to embed mental health within sport and recreation to create a culture shift that removes the stigma around mental health, a reality.



       Mental Health and Football


Mental Health Guide for Coaches and Managers  

The FA in partnership with Mental Health charity MIND have produced a guidance document for coaches and managers. It can be accessed by clicking here.

Heads up campaign

This campaign wants everyone to feel comfortable talking about their mental health, in the same way they would about football, and feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times. During the season, the campaign will also provide resources, training and direction towards support when needed. Heads Up is part of the wider Heads Together mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services.

Heads Up Sound of Support Series

The #SoundOfSupport series shows how important it is that we keep breaking the silence around mental health and make our support heard by those who need it. We all have mental health – and it’s important to talk about it.

Get Set to Go

Derby County Community Trust’s Get Set to Go project is part of the ‘On Your Side’ partnership between Mind and the EFL.

It is centred around the physical, social and mental benefits of being active. We were one of the original nine football league clubs to receive funding from Sport England and the National Lottery and have continued to be supported by them as the sessions have expanded nationally.

Weekly sessions encourage increased physical activity for participants dealing with mental health problems and we work with local mental health facilities to provide the best opportunities for their service users.

Our core focus is football, but numerous activities are available to try at taster sessions throughout the season. 

The project ties into wider Mind and EFL initiatives including matchdays and the ‘Have Your Mate’s Back’ campaign.



         Mental Health and Boxing

Boxing in Mind Course

This course aims to increase awareness around mental health issues within boxing clubs and gyms across the country. The course has been developed with the Mental Health Charity MIND.

England Boxing

Resources that look at different aspects of mental health and, in some cases, give some practical tips on how to stay in a good frame of mind.

BBC Sport - Boxing saved my life

‘SPORTS founder TJ Young explains how the organisation is encouraging clubs to develop a mental health strategy’.


Leon McKenzie talks Mental Health

Footballer turned professional boxer, Leon McKenzie, speaks to PFA TV's Leon Mann about the importance of getting help to address mental health issues and depression. Michael Bennett, Director of Player Welfare, joined them to share what the union are doing in this area.

The full toolkit is also available to be downloaded

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