Play For Life

The National League Trust, in partnership with the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association, has agreed to offer a Grant of £9,702 to Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation to run a Pools Play For Life project.

Pools Play for Life provides football sessions 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

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.

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