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By signing up to the Charter, you are committing to helping make our vision, to embed mental health within sport and recreation to create a culture shift that removes the stigma around mental health, a reality.

Some of the many ways we will we will achieve this is by:

  • Using the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction.
  • Publicly promoting and adopting good mental health policies and best practice within our sports and recreational activities.
  • Using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.
  • Actively tackling discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
  • Supporting the establishment of a network to work closely with the mental health sector to develop resources and best practice.
  • Regularly monitoring our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.

You will be asked to commit to three actions when you sign-up to the Mental Health Charter. Don’t worry this isn’t a test, we know organisations are at different stages of their work around mental health so these will differ for each signatory. 

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To help you take action we've added some examples below. 

Charter Commitment  Suggestions for signatory Action
Using the power of sport and recreation to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health. 

Sign the Charter at a high-profile event or an organisational wide event such as an all staff briefing. 

Create a website and intranet page about mental health and our commitment to the Charter.   

Organise a wellbeing day within my organisation.  

Review policies and procedures with senior management and identify good practice and areas for development.  

Publicly promoting and adopting good mental health policies and best practice within our sports and recreational activities. Promote positive health behaviours and prevention measures e.g. introduce Wellness Action Plans for staff to support them to stay well. 
Promoting positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.
Recruit ambassadors and champions who are willing to support the Charter including those who have personal experience /close experience of mental health problems and those who can champion the programme.  
Actively tackling discrimination on the grounds of mental health to make sure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. 

Sign up to support #SportMinds campaigns including: 

World Mental Health Day (10 October)  
Time to Talk Day (1 February)  

Use #SportMinds when promoting our own activities. 

Host a Q&A session with people who have personal experiences of mental health problems during an event or training day.  

Create an open and friendly space where people can share experiences with one another. For example, organise a ‘fork, walk and talk’ session to bring people together. 


Supporting the establishment of a network to work closely with the mental health sector to develop resources and best practice. 

Sign-up to the Mental Health Charter Yammer group and introduce yourself to other signatories. 

Put mental health and sharing best practice on the agenda at relevant meetings with partners.  

Contact a colleague from another organisation to discuss their work around mental health.  

Develop a case study to highlight the impact of your mental health work and share with the Mental Health Charter Steering Group so it can go on the Charter website. 

Regularly monitoring our performance, assessing progress and taking positive action on mental health issues. 

Set up a Charter working group bringing colleagues together from across my organisation. 

Put mental health as an agenda item on team / department meetings.  

Build mental health into our KPI and reporting systems.  

The Sport and Recreation Alliance, alongside the Professional Players Federation (PPF) and with support from the mental health charity Mind, launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation in March 2015.

Since then we've been encouraging other organisations within the sector to show their support and sign-up to the Charter. The response has been phenomenal with over 300 organisations now being signed-up to the Charter in total.

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The following Charter signatories have completed their development of a Mental Health Charter Action Plan:

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Access Sport Active Ashfield Active Devon
Active Tameside British Mountaineering Council British Canoeing
British Horseracing Authority British Orienteering  British Weightlifiting 
Burton Albion Community Trust Chepstow Harriers Child Protection in Sport Unit
Derbyshire Sport Eastbourne Leisure Trust (Serco) Edinburgh University Sports Union
England Athletics England Cricket Board English Karate Council

Fitness League

Karate Union of Great Britain

Kent Sport 

Ladies European Tour

Lawn Tennis Association

Leeds Beckett University

Leicestershire and Rutland Sport London Playing Fields Foundation My Players - South African Rugby Players Organisation
Parkour UK Professional Cricketers Association Professional Darts Players Association  
Professional Footballers Association Professional Players Federation Racing Welfare
Royal Yachting Association Rugby Players Association Sport and Recreation Alliance
 Streetgames  Swim England Table Tennis England
The Football Association Truro and Penwith College UK Coaching
University of Bath Students Union World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association  
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The following organisations have signed the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation:

National signatories:

21st Sanctuary Retreats

Access Sport

Accessible Table Tennis

All Terrain Boarding Association -UK

Amateur Swimming Association (Swim England)

Angling Trust

AoC Sport

Asian Sports Foundation

Association for Physical Education

Badminton England

Baseball Softball UK

Basketball England

Betknowmore UK

British American Football Association

British and Irish Boxing Authority

British Athletes Commission

British Basketball

British Blind Sport

British Boxing Board of Control

British Canoeing

British Dragon Boat Racing Association

British Esports Association

British Gliding Association

British Grooms Association

British Inline Puck Hockey Association

British Judo Association

British Mountaineering Council

British Nordic Walking CIC

British Octopush Association

British Orienteering

British Racing

British Sub Aqua Club

British Swimming

British Taekwondo

British Triathlon

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)

British Weight Lifting

Child Protection in Sport Unit

County Sports Partnership Network

Diabetes Complete Care UK

Disability Rights UK

DOCIAsport Ltd 

EFL Trust 


England Athletics

England Boxing

England Cricket Board

England Golf

English Bridge Union

English Federation of Disability Sport

English Institute of Sport

English Karate Council

English Lacrosse

EPIC Problem Gambling Consultancy

Equestrian Employers Association

Euphoric Being

European Tour

Fields in Trust

Fitness In

Futebol de Salao UK Ltd (Socotots & Brazilian Soccer Schools)  

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby


Gymnastics UK

Help for Heroes


Isthmian (Bostik) Football League

Join In

Karate Union GB

Lawn Tennis Association 

League Football Education 

League Managers Association

Margaret Morris Movement

Men Tell Health


Mixed Ability Sports

Mountain Training UK

National Association of Karate and Martial Art Schools

Outdoor Industries Association 

parkrun Limited

Pentathlon GB

Places for People Leisure

Police Community Clubs of Great Britain

Premier League 

Professional Cricketers Association

Professional Darts Association

Professional Footballers' Association

Professional Golfers' Association

Professional Jockeys Association

Professional Players Federation

Proprius Education


Ref Support

Rounders England

Royal Yachting Association

Rugby Football League (RFL)

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Rugby Players' Association

Special Olympics Great Britain

Sport and Recreation Alliance

Sport England 


Sports Aid

Sports Officials Consultancy Ltd

Sports Officials UK

State of Mind Sport

StreetGames UK

Table Tennis England

Tennis Foundation

The FA

The Institute for Groundsmanship

The Professional Association for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools

The Referees' Association

The Royal Life Saving Society UK

The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)

UK Athletics

UK Coaching

UK Minifootball Association


Volleyball England

We Do Wellbeing

Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) (WDSA)

Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales) (YHA)

Youth Sport Trust


North West signatories

Active Cheshire

Active Cumbria

Active Tameside

Burnley Leisure

Chester FC Community Trust

Creative Support BwD Social Inclusion Service

Davies Sports 

Edge Hill University

Everton in the Community

Healthy Stadia

Inter Madrassah Organisation

Lancashire Mind

Layton Juniors Football Club

LegIt Lancaster

Manchester FA

MMU Sport

Mental Health Football Association

Merseyside Expanding Horizons

Merseyside Sports Partnership 

New Era Community Boxing 

On The Bank Adventure

Pendle Leisure Trust


STORM Skills Training CIC & #HeyAreYouOK

The Pelican Centre 

TQ Sports International Coaching

Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation

Wirral Council


North East signatories

Active Northumberland

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Club

Cardinal Vipers Basketball Club

County Durham Sport

Durham University and Durham County Council

Gateshead Football Club

Gateshead Leam Rangers Youth Football Club

Hartlepool Run Fit

Middlesborough Mind

Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation

Newcastle University Students Union

Northumbria Sport Foundation

Origin Nsports

Ryton RFC

Total Racing Events

Tyne Metropolitan College

Tyne & Wear Sport

University of Sunderland, Team Sunderland


Yorkshire and the Humber signatories

Active Humber

Carlinghow Princess Royal School

Football Awareness Depression Football Community

Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Frontrunners

Lishi International

North Yorkshire Sport Ltd

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield United Community Foundation

Sporting Memories Network CIC

Team Activ

University of Bradford Union

University of York 

Yorkshire Sport Foundation


West Midlands signatories

Birmingham Bulls RFC

Birmingham City University

Birmingham Wellbeing Service

Burton Albion Community Trust 

Burton Albion FC

Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire county sports partnership

Coventry University

East Staffordshire Borough Council 

Empowering U Care Limited

Newman University

Small Heath Boxing Club in association with Pat Benson Boxing Academy

Sport Birmingham

Start Again Project

Volunteers in Sport West Midlands

Warwick Sport University of Warwick 


Wye Ventures


East Midlands signatories

Active Ashfield

Chesterfield FC Community Trust

Cherwell District & South Northamptonshire Councils

Derbyshire Sport

Feel good fitness

Grantham Tennis Club 

iDID Adventure

Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport 

Lincolnshire Sport

Loughborough University London

Northamptonshire FA

Serco Leisure

University of Derby 

University of Leicester Equestrian and Polo club

University of Leicester Lacrosse Club

University of Leicester Running and Athletics Club


East of England signatories

Active Essex

Active Luton 

Active Norfolk


Epping Forest District Council

EXTEND Exercise Training

Fitness in Mind

Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership

Human Business

Inspire Peterborough

Leap- The Bucks & MK Sport & Activity Partnership

Racing Welfare

Sport and Thought, Footballl as Therapy

Suffolk Sport

The Laban Guild 

Wise Choice Solutions 


London signatories

Cycling Instructor Ltd

Core Sport 

Disability Advice Service Lambeth

Enterprising Youth

Fight 4 Change

Fitness League

Free Your Instinct

Fulham FC

Greenwich Leisure Limited

Harlequins RFC

King's Sport

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority 

London Legacy Development Corporation 

London Londoncommunit

London Playing Fields Foundation

London Skills and Development Network

London Youth Rowing (LYR)

Love Tennis Academy 

Mind in Croydon


Parkour UK

Polonia Ladies Volleyball club

RG Active Race Team - Triathlon

Roehampton Student Union

Sport Inspires

St. Matthew's Project

The Fat Girls Guide to Running

The Golf Trust 

The Moving Body - Osteopathy & Sports Injury Clinic

The Rockstone Community Foundation

The Sports Village

Thomas Eggar

Wheel Be Dancing


South West signatories

Active Devon

Active Gloucestershire

Argyle Community Trust

Bristol Sports Foundation

Climb Cornwall 

Cornwall Sports Partnership

Health, Wellbeing and Sport - Truro and Penwith College

IN2SPORT & Play Therapy Service

Innov8 Sportz C.I.C

Minehead AFC

Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership

Swindon Harriers

University of Bath Students Union


Weston College

Wiltshire and Swindon Sport

YMCA Plymouth

Young Gloucestershire 


South East signatories

Active Sussex

Active Surrey

Corinthian Casuals FC

Fit Farm

Freedom Leisure


Get Berkshire Active

Intelligent Health

Jojourneys Limited

Kent County Football League

Kent FA

Kent Sport

Lewes Football Club

Live love yoga

Maidstone United Football Club

Mojo Running Club

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford City Council - Leisure, Parks & Communities

Oxfordshire Sports Partnership

Professional Jockeys Association

Saturn V (SN) Ltd

Sport Hampshire & IOW

Sport in Mind

Streets Revolution CIC

Surrey County FA

The Medau Society

Thatcham Rugby Club 

TipTop Wellbeing

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council


Wales signatories

Bangor 1st Football Club

Chepstow Harriers

Garden City Football Club Chepstow

Peak Performance

Swansea Harriers

Swim Wales

Welsh Netball

Welsh Rowing

Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA)

Welsh Sports Association


Scotland signatories

Boxing Scotland

Dundee & Angus College: Sports Union

Edinburgh University Sports Union

Physical Education Scotland

Professional Footballers' Association (Scotland)

Scotland Positive Ltd.

Triathlon Scotland


Northern Ireland signatories

Northern Ireland Sports Forum


International signatories

Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti Ancona

Alexander Adventures 

European Sports Development Network

International Mixed Ability Sports

MyPlayers (South African Rugby Players Organisation)

Ladies European Tour

The True Athlete Project

Water Babies