Sporting Minds change lives

22 September 2017

Sporting Minds

Sports leadership training is being used to improve the mental health and job prospects of people in Thanet.

Sporting Minds is for anyone aged between 16 and 30 struggling with their mental health.

Over the course of 8 weeks, participants take part in practical and theory sessions to gain a Community Sports Leaders Level 2 qualification. Someone with the qualification can lead sport session in their local community.

Porchlight is among several organisations delivering the Sporting Minds training.

The aim is to boost people’s job prospects while also improving their mental health. Regular physical exercise is known to benefit people’s mood, happiness and confidence.

“Getting someone involved in sport can often lead to longer lasting and more significant change in their lives," explains Porchlight's Richard Barnard.

"Once they realise what they’re able to achieve on the pitch, the begin believing in themselves. This is important because, in many cases, others haven’t believed in them. This positivity is crucial to the process of change. We have witnessed this change in many individuals before and are sure these sessions will produce similar results.”

Porchlight is a homelessness charity but a lot of our work is related to mental health. Many of the people we support have issues that affect their mental health and their ability to live as independently as they would like.

Get involved with Sporting Minds

If you are an organisation or practitioner who would like to refer an individual to the Sporting Minds project, please visit or email to request a referral form.

Sporting Minds is run by Thanet District Council and is funded by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner’s Mental Health and Policing Fund.