The FA Community Hub’s partnership with the ‘Get up and Go’ programme to encourage more student football opportunities is reaping benefits across the University of Gloucestershire.
Jack Costerton, the University’s football development officer, has hailed the intentions behind the programme due to the way it improves social interaction among young people and he hopes that, in turn, it well help solve one of the biggest issues that England faces with students – mental health.
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“As the social benefits develop, this then supports the growth and awareness of mental health,” said Costerton.
“Sport and football is a release for some students to get away from the studies and stresses each day can bring. The football sessions we provide offer an open, friendly environment and do not require any commitment from students, so they can play when they like and when suits them best.”
Mind, which is the Football League charity sponsor for the 2018-19 season, aims to combat mental health issues in England and Wales. Due to the lack of sporting facilities available across campuses in Cheltenham, the Get up and Go programme will be particularly useful at encouraging students to freely get involved and enjoy more football opportunities.
Costerton (above) only had good things to say about the potential the programme has for students across Cheltenham campuses at UOG, and is hoping that all students participate and ‘get comfortable’ with getting to know each other ahead of a long academic year.
“We have focused a lot of our attention toward Cheltenham based opportunities, as these campuses traditionally stay away from sport and physical activity, due to the lack of sport courses in Cheltenham and also the lack of facilities that are available. However, with a push of activities at all campuses, students can now enjoy a range of sports within each campus throughout the week.
“With the push of the Get Up & Go programme, and of course the football sessions, we can support all students by offering them a relaxed, fun sporting environment but also a chance to get away from the stress of work and studying, and provide them with the innovative sporting and physical activity opportunities.”