`Play as you go` football training, fitness and kick-about

Mental health issues took away your passion for football?

Want to be part of a flexible team you can dip in and out of?

Miss being out on the pitch?

Come along to

MATES FC  Thursdays!

Welcome to MATES FC  Thursday's

Weekly football fitness sessions that anyone over 18 can attend for free. All abilities welcome and play for as long or as little as you fancy.

Whether you're already in a team, have never played football before, out of football with an injury or just fancy a change from the gym. Come along and improve your physical and positive mental health!

'Play-as-you-go' simply means there is no pressure to attend - if you change your mind nearer the time, just don't turn up.

No commitment, no pressure, no stress.

What is MATES FC  Thursday football training?

A free session for all abilities of over 18s to get you out in the air and have a good laugh and a kickabout.

Training sessions usually consist of a warm up, followed by our coaches running three different drills which small groups are rotated around, before finishing off with a friendly game at the end.

When and Where are they held?

Every Thursday @ 9-10pm

Chelmer Park Astroturf, Beehive Lane, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8RL

Look for the MATES FC  Flag!

What do I need to wear?

Wear whatever’s comfortable for you, however footwear must be appropriate for astroturf. 

See the image below for the official Chelmer Park Do's and Don'ts which include what constitutes 'suitable footwear'.

"And it's FREE!?"

Yes! Anyone over 18 who registers their attendance through the MATES FC Facebook event can play for free!

How do I get involved?

In order to provide these sessions for free, all we ask of you is to register your attendance on the Facebook event to ensure we have enough coaches to run the session/dont have a surplus of volunteers.

If you change your mind nearer the time, just remove your name.

To register your interest in an event...

Alternatively, you can email us at:

Powered by: Football Fitness Club

Thursday training sessions are run weekly by our partners at Football Fitness Club who are trained in our approach to restoring positive mental health to people through football.

They volunteer their time, skills and equipment to provide these sessions.

Click the image above to learn more about Football Fitness Club!

Pitchside drop-ins

Click the image beside to learn more about MATES Mental Health and Wellbeing Pitchside Drop-ins


There are no permissions expressed or implied by the organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the organisers or venue owners.With any Physical or Mental health activity you should always seek advice from your GP before taking up a strenuous physical pursuit or engaging in situations that may cause emotional distress.By attending you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you am fit and able to take part in the event.MATES FC does not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage is proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.By attending one of our sessions you are agreeing to follow these guidelines.