NHS Tayside football therapy group received a £300 donation from a former member of the group.
Grant Robertson was one of the first participants at NHS Tayside’s football therapy sessions when they first launched in 2011.
Grant ran the Edinburgh half-marathon and raised £300 from sponsorship by friends, family and members of Broughty Ferry darts teams. He decided to donate the money to the football therapy group to help purchase equipment.
“The group has come on in leaps and bounds since we first started in 2011,” said Grant. “It’s much busier now and we’ve seen such a change in many of the guys who take part in terms of their health, skills and confidence. They are much more outgoing now and there’s a great camaraderie between the members of the group.
“I got such a lot out of the sessions and I still do as a volunteer so I wanted to give something back and help other men who are in the position I was a few years ago.”
After 18 months of using the group Grant started to volunteer with the group and he now takes the warm-up and helps physiotherapist Lee Shaw with training and drills.
Football therapy sessions are provided by NHS Tayside’s Physiotherapy General Adult Psychiatry team based in the Carseview Centre and are aimed at men between the ages of 18 to 65 who have found exercise or activity in the past difficult to engage in.
The group is open to both inpatients and community patients with enduring mental illness, who can suffer from additional barriers including low motivation or concentration, sedentary lifestyles, weight gain and side effects from medication. The football sessions aim to improve the mental and physical health of participants, and help with social interaction and integration into the community.