Falkirk FC Foundation – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service programme
The Falkirk Foundation delivers a football-based programme, in partnership with NHS Forth Valley’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), for young people aged between 7-16 years that are accessing the CAMHS service. There is more a need now than ever before with increased waiting lists for CAMHS services.
The programme has been running since a very successful pilot was delivered in Spring 2019 and is now supported by the Ian Alexander Legacy Fund. The session is delivered alongside the CAMHS Occupational Therapy Advanced Practitioner that attends every session.
The coaches create a welcoming environment, whereby parents and players are encouraged to begin each engagement with a relaxed discussion on the highlights from the previous week and to discuss the outline for that particular day’s delivery. The participants arrive at the stadium through the main reception and our ‘team meeting’ is held in one of the classrooms near the main pitch access.