Tranmere Rovers in the Community come together with UK based charities to organise an event at Prenton Park – supporting those who have struggled with mental health issues and addiction.
Speaking to Ray Smith from Wirral Ways to Recovery, he elaborated on the tournament: “Today’s event was a chance to get the clients and friends of Wirral Ways to Recovery and Spider Project down in Birkenhead – working with people who have addiction problems or have had addiction problems and who have had mental health issues.”
Football is common ground within those at the tournament and is essential in providing respite from everyday struggles many endure.
“We all decided to get together and the common bond is Football – this rolls on from two sessions we have in the Community with the Tranmere Rovers Community team and Wirral Ways and we use this as a vehicle to help people with their mental health and addiction problems.”
“There’s the physical activity and the togetherness because we all join in together. We have the social side as it’s just really something fun to do especially after Covid as we weren’t able to play Football.”
Together with Tranmere Rovers in the Community, important services such as Wirral Ways to Recovery can use facilities such as Prenton Park Recreation Centre to enjoy competitive sport and create a fun environment to improve mental wellbeing.
“It’s vitally important because we use the facilities and create the experiences through the (TRIC) staff who are specialists in their field, we are specialists in our field and we come together to organise these sessions which are really really successful.”