Changing Goals is a Football Project in partnership with Northampton Town Football in the Community, ( NTFIC ) and the Bridge Programme and is aimed at people with substance misuse/alcohol or mental health problems. It will run for 40 weeks at the Racecourse in Northampton, which is ideally situated and central for all clients to attend. The coaching will take place twice a week on Mondays and Thursday fro 11.30am to 1.30pm
Throughout the football season using coaches from NTFIC scheme and staff and volunteers from the Bridge Programme. Clients will be referred by local drug services, probation, mental health services or self refer. They will be given kit as necessary and other support to take part if they need it. They will be supported to take part if they need it. They will be supported to engage with treatment if appropriate.
The project aims to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of participants. It will address drug/alcohol misuse, nutrition, health and fitness and other social issues (housing, employment etc) it will be based on partnership working between interested agencies ( ntfc, bridge, Northants Probation, local drugs agencies, northants police. It also aims to encourage clients to get involved with local clubs, either as players or coaches. There will be opportunities for clients to gain recognised qualifications.
The project will create more opportunities for supported volunteers by encouraging involvement in the operation and administration of the project by clients and others. Football participation should improve health and the project allows us to engage with people and discuss issues around a healthier lifestyle (nutrition, sleep, substance misuse etc) Gym membership should increase exercise levels.
The previous football projects have successfully mixed clients with a range of issues, drugs, alcohol, mental health and learning disability; this has helped foster understanding amongst different groups.
We will help clients to do a level 1 coaching coursers and encourage them to volunteer with the project or with local clubs.
Current Changing Goals
The coaching at the Racecourse on Monday and Fridays is going well, numbers are gradually improving. The volunteers from the Bridge Programme are excellent and are even helping at the Multi Disabled Football Club at Moulton on a Friday evening. We recently held a Festival at the Racecourse where five teams took part and everyone appreaciated the donation of tickets and the presence of Ryan Gilligan and Courtney Herbert to hand the trophies out. We have had intrest from twelve clients to take the level 1 course in December.