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Men's Wellbeing

Pools Play for Life provides free football session aimed at promoting the benefits of physical activity on mental health.

No referral is needed, but we will be working closely with Andy’s Man Club and Hartlepool and East Durham Mind to signpost participants towards additional support available as well as ensuring that our staff receive training on mental health.

Session: Every Wednesday 7pm – 8pm in Sports Hall

Price £3.00

Venue: High Tunstall College of Science, Elwick Road, Hartlepool, TS26 0LQThe cost is £3 per week

Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.

Research shows that physical exercise can benefit your mental health by:

Reduced anxiety and happier moods
Reduced feelings of stress
Clearer thinking
A greater sense of calm
Reduced risk of depression 

There are also social and emotional benefits:

Making friends and connecting with people
Having fun
Challenging stigma and discrimination. 

Sport and physical activity can help in tacking other health issues associated with mental health problems

Foundation Manager Keith Nobbs said, “We understand that men are less likely to talk about their problems than women, but with an estimated 3.5millions fans globally, football is a way to unite men and start them having a conversation.

“Research from Mind released in July 2018 as part of their new partnership with the EFL shows that over half of people (56 percent) agree that football fans find it easier to show their emotions at football matches than at any other time. We need to encourage this showing of emotions in all areas of life.”

For more information on our Pools Play For Life sessions, contact HUCSF on 01429 862595 or email