Sporting Minds Project

Sporting Minds was a 6 month pilot project delivered by Thanet District Councils Sports Development service, aimed at supporting residents aged 16 -30 years of age who are struggling with poor mental health conditions.

The project has been developed following funding through the Kent Police and Crime Commissioners Mental Health and Policing Fund with the support of local and national partners to work with local residents who are suffering from poor mental health, by using the power of sport and physical activity to help transform lives.

Sporting Minds delivered two pilot cohorts aimed at providing both practical and theoretical learning to help boost candidates confidence, physical and mental well-being and leadership skills to encourage them back into further training, employment or volunteering.

  • Residents who suffer with mental health conditions.
  • Young people and adults aged between 16-30 years of age.
  • Residents looking for training and on-going support with working within the sport and leisure industry.
  • Residents who may be NEET, (Not in employment, education or training)
  • Residents looking for 1-2-1 support or links to professional services
  • We will support and signpost residents to sport or wellbeing professional to help improve and support with their recovery.
  • Provide annual training through our training providers Street Games and Sports Leaders UK.
  • Provide links back into further education or volunteering.

We all know that being physically active is good for our bodies. But our physical health and mental health are closely linked – so physical activity can be very beneficial for our mental health and well-being too.

Lots of us don’t get enough exercise to stay healthy, but physical activity is particularly important if you have a mental health problem. This is because people with mental health problems are more likely to have a poor diet, smoke or drink too much alcohol, or be overweight/obese (this can be a side effect of taking medication).

So if you have a mental health problem, the health benefits of becoming more physically active are even more significant.

We are committed in working with our partners to develop, support and raise awareness around mental health and advocate the huge benefits that being active can bring.


Having a mental health problem can put us at even higher risk of developing serious physical health problems than other people. Those of us with a mental health problem are:

  •  twice as likely to die from heart disease
  • four times as likely to die from respiratory disease
  • on average, likely to die between 10 and 17 years earlier than the general population, if we have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (this may be due to a number of factors including suicide, poor diet, exercise and social conditions.
  • People may also be slower at seeking help, while doctors can sometimes fail to spot physical health problems in people with severe mental health problems).

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