Sport and Thought works with school age children with behavioural difficulties who are at high risk of exclusion. The programme blends psychodynamic thinking with football training to help young people develop the emotional and cognitive skills they need to participate actively in their education and reach their potential.
By taking part in the programme our young people develop greater self awareness, emotional control, communication skills and confidence.
Sport and Thought is a way of working with adolescents that fuses the sport of football, psychodynamic thinking and theory to create a space to encourage thought and act as a catalyst to promote emotional and behavioural change.
We use football to help young people find an internal structure to order their often chaotic thought processes and behaviours. Our aim is to help young people complete their education and go on to further education, employment and to break the cycle of poverty and underachievement.
Who we are
Sport and Thought was created by psychodynamic counsellor Daniel Smyth. Daniel’s work has been recognised at governmental level.
Where we work
The Sport and Thought programme is currently running in 13 institutions across London, working with hard to reach adolescents experiencing both emotional and behavioural difficulties.
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