New sports club set up in Ipswich to help young people with mental health difficulties

New sports club set up in Ipswich to help young people with mental health difficulties

Posted: Wed, 29 May 2019 09:37

New sports club set up in Ipswich to help young people with mental health difficulties

The ACE Sports Satellite Club aims to improve the wellbeing of young people suffering with mental health difficulties by using the power of physical activity to transform their lives.

The Satellite Club has been created by Active Suffolk, in partnership with JC Personal Training and the ACE Project - a Suffolk-based charity that aims to relieve the needs of young people aged 16-24 who are suffering with mental health problems. The project delivers on the principles of the A.C.E. approach to wellbeing - Achieve, Connect, Enjoy and provides young people with the opportunity to participate in a variety of A.C.E activities, namely: Achieve (work, study); Connect (with friends, family and community) and Enjoy (play, have fun).

The new fitness club also aims to deliver on each of these principles and improve the mental wellbeing of participants by boosting their self-esteem and reducing feeling of stress, depression and anxiety.

The ACE Project Co-founder, Jo Flack, has experienced mental illness herself and recognises that physical activity plays a key role in helping to tackle mental health issues:

"Mental wellbeing is a fundamental human right and many young people need support to take control of their own wellbeing to empower them to live the life they want to lead. The links between exercise and positive mental health are well documented and we are excited to be working with Active Suffolk to give our beneficiaries the opportunity to boost their wellbeing through physical activity."

The Satellite Club is launching on 6th June and will take place on Thursday afternoons after the ACE Project's Wellbeing Workshop.

The club is one of many Satellite Clubs across the county funded by the Sport England Satellite Club Project, which is supported and delivered locally by Active Suffolk. Satellite Clubs provide enjoyable and convenient opportunities for 14-19 year olds to take part in regular exercise and since their introduction in 2013, have helped thousands of young people to become more active.

For more information: https://www.activesuffolk.org/satellite

Tags: Funding, Mental health, Sport England