SPORT AND THOUGHT, FOOTBALL AS THERAPY
CAMBRIDGE, Inner London
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/ association/social entreprise
Sport and Thought was set up six years ago, and is now in its fourth year as a non-governmental organisation. Sport and Thought was established by psychodynamic therapist, Daniel Smith, in response to spiralling rates of youth violence and social & school exclusion amongst young people in inner London. Our ethos revolves around the link between behaviours in sport and behaviours in society and how sport can be used to begin to understand our internal psychological difficulties.
The technical sporting progression that a young person makes on the Sport & Thought project is also more complex, in that it is brought about by a more thoughtful and contained mind. The project has taken the traditional therapeutic consulting room and placed it on a football pitch. All training is psychologically underpinned to enable the student to understand what drives both their sporting behaviour and their life behaviour, as the internal catalysts are the same.
We have 6 years experience working with inner city adolescents who have a high risk of leaving education prematurely, by using sport to enable internal and external change in the individual. We are experienced in working in the most difficult settings, in prisons, pupil referral units and in Northern Ireland across divided communities.
The main objective of the programme is to ensure at-risk adolescents remain in education. The project currently runs in London, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and within the UK prison system. All staff are licensed Football coaches: Daniel Smyth our founder is a psychodynamic therapist who’s work has been recognised at UK governmental level and who is a respected authority on using sport as therapy. All staff are vastly experienced youth workers, and work with high risk adolescents involved in gangs, anti-social behaviour and those who experience mental health difficulties.
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