Changing Room Launched at Ibrox
Thu 10th February 2022
The Changing Room has one goal – to promote men’s mental health and wellbeing through the power of football.
Rangers Charity Foundation is delighted to bring The Changing Room to Ibrox in 2022 as we look forward to kicking-off the innovative 12 week course starting on Thursday 3rd March that invites men to step down from the stands, into the heart of their club, to take action for their mental health.
Jordan Boyd, Senior Community Executive at the Rangers Charity Foundation said:
“We recognise the role football can play in bringing people together and helping people with their health and wellbeing.
We already run weekly virtual Team Talk sessions for mental health and wellbeing and are really pleased to be adding an already established successful programme to our range of community activity under our expanding ‘Foundation for Healthy Lives’ pillar so we can reach and help more people”
The project targets men in their middle years (aged 30-64) and works to help guys better self-manage their mental health and support one another, as part of a team. These sessions are a chance to get away from everyday stresses and chat about football and mental health at the home of Rangers Football Club. Lots of us like a blether about pre-match tactics, team selection, or post-match analysis with your pals. But men also need to get the stuff that’s bothering them off their chests. The Changing Room is here for them.
The Changing Room is a SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) project that works in partnership with SPFL Trust and football club charities and trusts across Scotland. It is funded by the global men’s health charity, Movember.
This exciting course uses the power of football and a variety of activities each week to help men tackle their mental health. Neil, a participant who has benefitted from attending this programme commented:
“The programme lasts twelve weeks and involves various things from walking and talking around the pitch to playing walking football, to yoga and inspirational talks from those connected to the club. We debate last week’s game and talk mental health.
“I don’t know at what point it clicked for me, but it did. I built a brilliant network of friends and I hadn’t had as much fun as I had in ages.
“Since coming along to the Changing Room I’ve came on leaps and bounds, I’ve sought professional advice, rekindled friendships and I’ve been open about my emotions with my family; I feel that I’m as close to them as I’ve ever been.”
Courses will run at the Ibrox Community Hub every Thursday from 3rd March with one afternoon group at 2-4pm and one evening group 5-7pm with each session open to a maximum of 14 people.
Interested in joining? Email email@example.com with your contact details to sign up