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HITG Ashford Launching in June
5th May 2022
Our next 12 week programme starts on the 6th June at The Towers School 3G pitch in Ashford. Each session will have a focus on a different type of mental health support, giving participants an opportunity to learn new ways and techniques of improving their mental health and wellbeing through football. Places are limited and are going fast. If you would like to get involved then please complete the enquiry form on the “Home” section of this website.
Funding From Canterbury City Council Secured
3rd May 2022
Canterbury City Council will officially support HITG’s 12 week programme across the borough over the next year, through their RISE community funding stream.
HITG Director David Brown commented “It’s fantastic to receive this funding from Canterbury City Council. HITG’s roots are very much in the city, so to get the opportunity to deliver our service here means a lot to everyone involved”
Sessions are due to start in September 2022.
HITG Actively Giving Back To The Local Community
25th April 2022
As a special thank you to the people of Minster for welcoming HITG into their community so warmly over the last year, we were delighted to donate a free-kick wall to the facilities available at the 3G pitch in the village. The wall will be used by local schools, teams and groups who use the pitch on a regular basis.
HITG Director Danny O’Shea said “It’s fantastic to be able to give something back to the Minster community. It’s important that as many people as possible have access to good quality equipment when carrying out physical exercise”
The Gym Group & HITG Working Together To Improve Men’s Mental Health
19th April 2022
The Gym Group and Head In The Game are delighted to announce a county wide collaboration to increase physical and mental fitness for men aged between 18-55 across Kent. The two organisations will work together to support men in Thanet, Ashford and Medway improve their mental wellbeing by offering unique opportunities to access The Gym Group’s sites in Kent, through Head In The Game’s weekly sessions and designated programmes
Crowdfunder Campaign For HITG Sheffield Begins!
28th March 2022
After identifying South Yorkshire as a geographical area of need, Head In The Game has formally launched a Crowdfunder Campaign to run our award winning service in Sheffield. With a target of £2,500 the campaign will run until the end of April. With the increasing numbers of men requiring help with mental health and wellbeing support, this campaign is aimed directly at addressing that need by open up conversations through football.
To donate please click this link : https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/head-in-the-game-cic
Thank you for your support!
National Lottery Community Fund Supporting HITG
28th February 2022
The National Lottery Community fund will officially support Head In The Game for the next three years after backing our service with a £165,000 grant.
The grant will enable a large service expansion of our support across Kent and the South East of England. HITG Director Mark Pinkney said “We can not thank the National Lottery Community Fund enough for awarding us this grant. The difference that this will make to men in our communities is huge, the support is so desperately needed across the county as we recover from the negative mental health affects of the pandemic”
The funding will enable HITG to run more specialised mental health football sessions such as our 12 week programme that starts in March.
HITG Supporting Maidstone Lions Defibrillator Campaign
22nd February 2022
Maidstone Lions, who are funding our Maidstone drop in sessions have launched a project that they hope will result in every school in Maidstone having at least one defibrillator. A recent survey of schools in Maidstone revealed that approximately one third do not have a defibrillator. Of those that do, one third expressed a desire to have additional defibrillators as their schools are large or have a number of buildings.
It is a sad fact that every week in the UK, 12 young people under the age of 35 die from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), many of these deaths take place in a school setting.
The use of a defibrillator significantly improves the chance of survival, in fact use of a defibrillator within one minute of a Cardiac Arrest improves the chance of survival by 90%, with the chances of survival decreasing by 10% with every minute that passes.
Research by the Club has revealed that there have been cases of SADS in Maidstone schools in the recent years, some of which were adults.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or see their website www.maidstonelions.org.uk
HITG Medway Launches In March
15th February 2022
Our new 12 week programme in Medway officially starts on the 7th March at Watling Park 3G in Gillingham. Each session will have a focus on a different type of mental health support, giving participants an opportunity to learn new ways and techniques of improving their mental health and wellbeing through football. Places are limited and are going fast. If you would like to get involved then please complete the enquiry form on the “Home” section of this website.
Head In The Game… By Royal Appointment!
8th December 2021
Project founders Danny O’Shea and Mark Pinkney had the honour of being invited to a special Christmas carol event hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge this evening at Westminster Abbey. The event was in recognition of the exceptional work that individuals, charities and community projects carried out during the pandemic. Head In The Game CIC was nominated by community champions from the Co-op in Thanet. The service was filmed exclusively for ITV, and featured performances from Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis and Tom Walker.
Winners of Kent Mental Health & Wellbeing Award 2021
22nd October 2021
Head In The Game – Officially an award winning project…
Thank you to South Kent Mind for awarding us their “Community Sport / Activity Award” for 2021. The award is in recognition of our work in supporting men’s mental health and wellbeing in Thanet during 2021.