Kingstonian Mind United
Kingstonian Mind United is a friendly, inclusive football project run by Mind in Kingston and funded through the local Clinical Commissioning Group. Additional support comes from Kingstonian backed by funding from the Football Foundation’s “Grow the Game” scheme and planned fundraising by Kingstonian Supporters Club.
Mind in Kingston, Kingstonian FC and Kingstonian Supporters Club are also working together to raise awareness of mental health issues within the Borough of Kingston and surrounding areas. This will include themed home matches at Kingstonian, highlighting the importance of promoting emotional well-being and the work of Mind in Kingston.
Mind in Kingston offer a safe and non- judgemental environment for local people to play football and learn new or improve their existing skills, meet new people, and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Mind in Kingston also offer a wide range of other support and details of this can be seen on their website.
Who is it for?
The football project is open to anyone of 18 and over with mental health issues, and who lives, works or studies in the borough of Kingston.
How can people join?
Potential players can be referred by their GP or someone from a Community Mental Health Team. Mind will take some details about their mental health condition so they can work out how to best support them.
New players are initially offered a 6 week trial, after which they are invited to become full members.
You can ask for more information for yourself, a family member, friend or neighbour or self refer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 020 8255 3939.
How often does the group meet?
The team meets every Monday between 3-4 pm at Kingsmeadow in Kingston.
“The exercise is good for me and my mental health and wellbeing.”
Training sessions and matches are always facilitated by a member of staff or a senior football volunteer. There are opportunities to access training and get qualifications such as coaching and refereeing.
Leagues & Competitions
As part of the team, players will also have the opportunity to take part in local amateur leagues and football competitions. These are the Surrey Community League and Surrey FA’s “ Football for All”.
“The more I trained the more I improved which helped build my confidence.”
These matches are all designed to help people build their skills, increase confidence and encourage friendship and team building.
Mind in Kingston receives funding to pay for travel and lunch, and will accompany the team to these games.