Helping our heroes through football

Helping our heroes through football

Published by Jack Deery at 5:51am 23rd January 2020. (Updated at 12:27pm 23rd January 2020)

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The Wiltshire FA and Help for Heroes have joined forces to deliver a wellbeing programme at Tedworth House.

The Tidworth recovery centre looks after wounded, injured and sick former armed forces personnel, who will now be using football to support their rehabilitation. 

The FA will teach a two-day programme that will include taster sessions of different versions of the sport including: 

  • Small-sided football
  • Futsal
  • Walking football

They will also be taught about coaching, refereeing and volunteering. 

Tedworth House Help for Heroes
Tedworth House Recovery Centre looks after injured veterans from across the South

As a special guest, they will welcome England blind footballer and Paralympian Darren Harris to give his insight. 

Lyndon Taylor, Football Development Officer at Wiltshire FA said: 

"Football is a great tool in aiding recovery. As well as the obvious physical health benefits, football can also improve mental health and deliver social inclusion by breaking isolation and offering opportunities for people to engage in their communities.

Football has a uniting force in society, it offers a great platform for people to support each other and become stronger after setbacks.

This has been a great opportunity to work with a fantastic charity. The support Help for Heroes gives to soldiers who are wounded in service is amazing and we are delighted to be able to support the recovery programme with football."

A new report showed that people playing football had higher levels of health

The FA and Help for Heroes are aiming to improve the quality of life for the veterans at Tedworth House after a report that showed that people involved in football reported significantly higher levels of general health, confidence and motivation.

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