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COMMUNITY: Time to Change

1 February 2013

Cumberland FA back new initiative

Cumberland FA have announced they are delighted to join in partnership with Carlisle United’s Football in the Community Team to support the ‘Time to Change’ programme.

A ‘turn up and play’ taster session was held on Tuesday 29 January at Carlisle United’s Neil Sports Centre. The session was designed for those with mild to severe mental health issues to help promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The afternoon was a great success with more than 30 players getting involved in the indoor football activity. 

The players were split into 5-a-side teams and played a number of mini-games and were cheered on by a large number of spectators. Throughout the afternoon those involved were able to soak in the atmosphere of the club with Football in the Community Manager John Halpin taking the participants for a walk around the ground, which also took them pitchside. 

The afternoon was made more special for the participants with appearances from Carlisle United’s James Berrett and Brad Potts who chatted with players and cheered from the sidelines. Carers, volunteers and NHS Practitioners also got involved, both on and off the pitch, to support the programme. 

Following the positive afternoon and feedback, the sessions will now run weekly at the Neil Sports Centre at Carlisle United every Tuesday between 1pm – 2pm. 

If you would like any more information regarding our ‘Time to Change’ Football Programme or would like to become a volunteer please contact Disability Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson on 07807 665 543 or email 

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