About MATES FC
MATES FC is a community football club, run by a community, for a community.
We have created a football team that will change every game we play depending who is feeling strong enough to play on that date, but unlike any other team we want NO COMMITMENT.
Using the beautiful game to battle mental ill health
Our goal is not about being the best team in a league or about getting the best players for the team...
Our goal is to get people back into football and use the beautiful game as a weapon to fight Depression, Anxiety and any other mental health issue that we can.
Mental ill health strips away passion, enthusiasm, love, sleep and confidence in yourself and your skills... skills you may have built up over many years. It makes you feel devoid of feeling all together. It can lead to isolation and may have led to all joy being sapped from your life.
Now imagine that. Feeling like that and being committed to a football team where no matter how you feel, you have to go and play, but with no passion, no drive, no enthusiasm, confidence or sleep. It leads you to dread it and not play at the level you feel you should be at. Then you beat yourself up because you feel you’ve let the team down, and finally you quit or get dropped...
That’s where we come in!
One game at a time
We are about grassroots football and putting the fun back into people’s lives, reigniting that passion and making you believe in yourself and your skills again, one game at a time.
A team of MATES, Run by MATES
The team is also run by a specific group of MATES Positive Mental Health Ambassadors with an unrivaled wealth of football experience between them. They have or are having Minds: Mental health awareness in sport and physical activity training as well as other relevant training.
In turn, our Ambassadors use their skills and knowledge to give our bespoke free presentations on awareness to any football team that would like us to attend, contact us if you’d like us to deliver a session.
MATES FC is now an England Football Accredited Club!
Run by Football Fitness Club...
MATES FC and CALM
Active Essex - Find Your Active
So, whether it's getting out in the garden, a short walk, a social bike ride, some light stretching, a friendly game of football or a visit to your local leisure centre, the benefits of increasing daily movement will soon show, and have a really positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
Find Your Active shines a light on all of the different ways and opportunities to get moving around Essex, Southend and Thurrock. You may need support or encouragement to get active, which is why Find Your Active is encouraging every community to have an ambassador to champion movement and help you find the activity that is right for you.