Our Kent FA CALM club was started in July 2021 at Cherry Orchard Ball Court, Herne. Offering a free opportunity for men to access a social kick around to raise awareness of their mental health. The club aims it values on creating connections, having fun, and staying physically and mentally healthy using the game we love. Over 40 people have attended, and the numbers outgrew the courts.
Herne Bay Youth FC kindly found some space on a Monday evening for the club to continue with its new members. The sessions now regularly have over 20 men attending each week focusing on raising their awareness of their mindset. The club has x 4 trained Mental Health First Aiders which were funded by Sports Connect and Changing Minds Kent as part of their partnership. Based on the makeup of the group and the lack of playing opportunities for the age range, we have focused the group on those aged 35+.