Core Sport uses the power of physical activity to promote positive mental health and wellbeing among Londoners with a mental health condition.
The charity offers a wide range of sport-specific sessions and exercise classes, along with a weight management programme and regular health checks, accessible via a GP referral. Their provisions are FREE for City & Hackney residents. All sessions are inclusive and adapted to the respective needs of members through personalised goal-setting and action plans.
Each participant is supported by the Sports Manager and encouraged by a team of highly qualified coaches, instructors and volunteers. Core Sport also gives their members the opportunity to work towards a variety of recognised qualifications.
70% of members regularly exercise outside of the Core Sport provision. The sign-posting pathways provided and the social network which the programme creates, allows participants to meet up and organise activties in their free time.
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Core Sport works with the local community and GPs to remove some of the barriers to participation that people with a mental health issue often face. By partnering with NHS East London, 100% of GPs in Hackney have referred their patients to Core Sport programmes and have noticed that their mental health has improved.
Participant Luann commented “Core Sport is amazing! When I am there I feel completely transformed and I am like a different person. I owe my recovery entirely to being part of the Core Community and physical activity.”
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