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Tackling mental health: the role of professional football clubs.

Curran, KM, Pringle, A, Hargreaves, J, Parnell, D, Rosenbaum, S and Stubbs, B (2017) Tackling mental health: the role of professional football clubs. Sport in Society, 20 (2). pp. 281-291. ISSN 1743-0445

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In the UK, professional football clubs are being used as settings for the delivery of interventions that promote mental health in a number of ways including (i) the delivery of physical activity interventions to improve the mental health of the general population, (ii) the delivery of physical activity interventions for people experiencing mental illness, and (iii) the delivery of community mental health services within the confines of the football club. This research note offers insights into mental health interventions delivered within, and by, professional football clubs and the available evidence concerning their reach, effectiveness and impact. The findings suggest that professional football clubs can help to facilitate access to mental health services, particularly among young people, for whom accessing such services may be highly stigmatized. Furthermore, the findings highlight that such interventions have a positive impact on health. However, in order to capitalize on this opportunity funding agencies and commissioners must provide appropriate resources (human and financial) for effective delivery and evaluation. Furthermore, a more strategic approach to working towards the mental health agenda must be adopted. It is argued that this change in practice would allow professional football clubs to offer those in need access to high-quality interventions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport in Society on 22/4/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17430437.2016.1173910
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1504 Commercial Services, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 10:22
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 02:18
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1173910
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9550
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