Mental Health Award

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2019 Winner

Core Sport is an award-winning charity providing free opportunities for adults with mental health issues among Londoners to engage in physical activity.

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.

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Reflecting on the win, Laura-Jane Connolly, Inclusive Sports Development Manager at Core Sport said: "Core Sport has had an impact for over 1,800 adults with severe and enduring mental health needs in London in the four years it has been running.

“It has been vital for many in their recovery, leading to a better quality of life and also the opportunity to overcome barriers and achieve personal goals and aspirations.

“We were truly honoured to win the Sport and Recreation Alliance Award; to be recognised for all our hard work as a team and this hopefully gives a platform to gain more funding so we can continue the fantastic work we do and positively impact on many more lives."

"Core Sport really helped me, when I was at such a low place and everything in my life was falling apart. The programme really helped in my mental health recovery and also with my physical health too. With their support and guidance, I have now returned to work and my life is slowly getting back together, which i will truly be thankful for. As harsh as it may sound, Core truly saved my life." Alexander, Member of Core Sport

"Sport has now become a really important part of my life. It has helped me focus, added routine and structure to my daily life and has made me feel more positive about myself. I still have a long way to go in my mental health recovery, but Core Sport has been a major part of me staying well. I finally feel part of a community and somewhere I belong." Jane, Member of Core Sport.

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