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Women’s mental health project Right Mind “stronger than ever”

Mental health issues can affect people from all walks of life and stress can be one of the main causes for physical, emotional and behavioural disorders.  Notts County Football in the Community’s (FITC) Right Mind project focuses on improving women’s mental and physical well-being by encouraging ladies to take part in gentle exercise, which is proven to alleviate mental health problems. 

Right Mind is a FREE physical activity and social session delivered in a fun and relaxed environment. The sessions vary depending on what the group wants to do from week to week, this can include team sports such as netball and basketball, or lighter activities such as table tennis, Zumba and pilates. 

Depending on participant numbers, the groups are split into smaller groups for individuals to always feel at ease. 

Sophie Saywell, Right Mind participant, said: “I come here to keep me motivated, to get my mind off family problems and it just keeps me fit and helps me get my confidence back.

“When I first came I had problems at home and I wasn’t confident as much and I had a stressful first few weeks when I started here but it kind of got me out of my shell, I became more confident and completely different to where I was before I joined.

“I meet loads of friends here, everyone’s so welcoming and nice, we all have a good laugh and we always entertain each other and support each other.”

Right Mind Session

Helen aka Primo describes the project as "life saving"

Another participant, Pat Harris, added: “I think it’s excellent because it brings people together. I’ve got to know some really nice people – it’s a lovely group. I think it’s good – it keeps you healthy in terms of exercise it provides – and it also helps you work as a team; it’s lovely.

“In some activities today, I enjoyed the competitiveness and I think for all these people – it is super and I think the staff are doing an amazing job and together we’re stronger than ever before.”

Recently the Right Mind sessions have been moved to Rushcliffe Arena as part of the Let’s Live Well in Rushcliffe initiative by ImROC.

Luke Colaluca, General Manager at Rushcliffe Arena, said: “We’re delighted to be a venue for Notts County Football in the Community’s Right Mind project. It’s clearly an innovative and highly-valuable scheme which adds to our existing programming and one which will greatly benefit the local community.”

Right Mind Ladies celebrating Sophie’s 21st birthday
Right Mind Ladies celebrating Sophie’s 21st birthday

Project Co-ordinator, Claire Wilmott, said: “The impact the Right Mind project has on its participants is tremendous. 

“It gives them a chance to forget about reality whilst enjoying light physical activity and lets them socialise with other like-minded people. Every week it is great to see the one-to-one support within the group members themselves who build strong friendships and socialise out of the project as well.”

The sessions are held at Rushcliffe Arena every Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm. If you’re nervous about joining the programme, a member of the team can meet and talk you through it beforehand.

For more information and how to take part, please CLICK HERE