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'Rebound With Rovers' Triumphs with Positive Football Environment Award

Last Thursday evening, Bristol Rovers Community Trust's ground-breaking project, 'Rebound With Rovers,' was honoured with the Positive Football Environment award at the recent Gloucestershire FA Awards. The event held at The New Lawn stadium, home of Forest Green Rovers, saw the very best of what Gloucestershire has to offer within their respective communities throughout the County.

The 'Rebound With Rovers' initiative, pioneered by the Bristol Rovers Community Trust, is a pioneering program that utilizes the power of football to promote mental well-being, resilience, and social inclusion. By providing a safe and supportive environment, the project seeks to engage individuals struggling with mental health issues and help them regain their confidence and sense of belonging.

This recognition serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the project's dedicated team and its profound impact on the lives of individuals battling mental health challenges.

Costa Chard, the project lead, expressed his delight at receiving the award, stating, "We are incredibly proud to be recognized for our efforts in creating a positive football environment that fosters mental well-being. 'Rebound With Rovers' has been a labour of love for our team of volunteers and participants, and this award validates the significance of our work in transforming lives."

The project's success is attributed to its multifaceted approach, combining football training sessions, group discussions, and mental health workshops. Through these activities, participants are encouraged to express themselves, build meaningful connections, and develop coping mechanisms to navigate their mental health challenges. The emphasis on physical activity, camaraderie, and mutual support has proven to be an effective formula for improving mental well-being and reducing social isolation.

Since its inception, 'Rebound With Rovers' has witnessed remarkable transformations among its participants. Many individuals have reported increased self-esteem, reduced anxiety, and an overall improvement in their mental health. The project's positive influence extends beyond the football pitch, impacting participants' personal lives, relationships, and employment prospects.

In a world where mental health challenges are increasingly prevalent, the success of 'Rebound With Rovers' reminds us of the transformative power of sport and the importance of nurturing positive environments for all.

To find out about 'Rebound With Rovers', please click here


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