Bristol Rovers Community Trust were delighted to invite the participants from the 'Recovery Through Sport' programme to the first team training ground, to mark the annual EFL Day of Action.
The 'Recovery Through Sport' project, which is led by early intervention staff from 'AWP Mental Health', in close partnership with Bristol Rovers Community Trust, works with individuals who are suffering from a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and other more complex conditions.
All 72 clubs from the EFL take part in the #EFLDayofAction, to showcase some of the incredible work that the clubs across the country do for their local communities.
This year, our participants were invited to watch the first team train before putting on their kit and joining in with the players and staff for a training session to remember.
Members of the first team squad, including Bristol Rovers CEO Martyn Starnes and President Wael Al-Qadi, all took part in a session that will live long in the memory of all that attended.
Recovery Through Sport' project lead, Jacob Kelly, said "This will have a massive effect on the participants and they will be talking about today for the rest of year, if not longer!’
"I really think that the Community Trust and Bristol Rovers really care about mental health and there's no secret that the Community Trust is the best in the Country for what they're doing."
Bristol Rovers Community Trust CEO, Adam Tutton said, "What makes it special is that the players, the management and the owner get involved with projects like this.
"I spoke to one of the participants earlier who said that today's session has really helped him and that's what it's all about. It's about changing lives for the people in our community."
'Recovery Through Sport' sessions run weekly at Shaftsbury Park, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1LG from 3pm. If you would like to attend the group you'll need to register via this link.
💬 'The @BristolRoversCT really care about mental health.'— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) March 19, 2019
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