Unite the Union

Unite the Union
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

October 03, 2007 10:06 ET

Mental health football tournament at David Beckham Football Academy

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - To mark World Mental Health Day, Unite the Union and the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust will host a tournament and coaching day this Friday (5th October) at the David Beckham Football Academy for mental health service users from across England and Wales.

Unite the Union are proud to sponsor the all day event which is being held to mark World Mental Health Day on the 5th October 2007. A total of 28 teams from across the country have signed up and will consist of seven players, five service users and two staff.

Throughout the morning, teams will be taught a number of football skills by coaches at the David Beckham Football Academy and then, in the afternoon they will be able to put what they have learnt into practice during a tournament.

Looking forward to the day, organiser and Community Psychiatric Nurse at Kent and Medway Partnership Trust, Darren Clay, said: "Our Trust held a smaller event last year and it was an outstanding success. We are delighted to now be hosting this national event. By opening the event up to teams from across the country will mean even more service users benefit.

"Thanks to kind sponsorship by Unite and a generous agreement with the David Beckham Academy the day will be free for the service users who take part."

Unite Professional Officer, Brian Rogers, said: "We know that sport and healthy living, as well as social interaction does makes a real difference to people's recovery from mental health problems. This day will provide an excellent opportunity to contribute to people's care and I know it will be a lot of fun. Unite is delighted to support the day."

Notes to Editors:

- Unite the Union is Britain and Ireland's biggest trade union with over 2 million members and was formed on 1st May 2007 by a merger of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers Union.

- Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust is the organisation responsible for providing mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and a range of other specialist services.

- The Kent and Medway Partnership Trust was formed on 1 April 2006 following the merger of West Kent NHS and Social Care Trust and East Kent NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

- If journalists or broadcasters would like to talk to somebody from the Trust about World Mental Health Day, please contact Louisa Tucker on 01732 520461 or at louisa.tucker@kmpt.nhs.uk.

- Unite has over 100,000 professional and skilled members working in the health sector. Its professional sections include the Mental Health Nurses' Association, the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association, the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, the Society of Sexual Health Advisers, and the Medical Practitioners' Union.

- Unite's health sector includes community practitioners and community nurses, theatre nurses, healthcare scientists, pharmacists, professions complementary to dentistry, speech and language therapists, psychologists, psycho-therapists and counsellors, chaplains, sexual health advisors and estates officers and craftspeople plus many other professional and skilled people working for the NHS.

- All press enquiries about Unite should be directed to Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite Press Office on 07980 224 761 or ashraf.choudhury@unitetheunion.com

Contact Information

  • Ashraf Choudhury
    Unite Press Office
    07980 224 761
    Kent & Medway press office
    Louisa Tucker
    01732 520461