Derby County duo Martyn Waghorn and Kelle Roos joined the Derby County Community Trust’s ‘Get Set to Go’ session, which encourages using football as a tool to manage mental health conditions, on Thursday afternoon.
The session has recently become part of the EFL and their official charity partner Mind’s new ‘Get Set to Go’ campaign, which is an extension of the 'On Your Side' programme which has been running for a number of years.
It helps people to find the physical activity that's right for them so that they are able to enjoy the physical, social and mental benefits of being active.
The players got stuck in with the session, and even presented one of the players with a new pair of boots after he had damaged his beyond repair during the match and was playing in his walking shoes.
Waghorn said: “It helps people out with different stages of their lives, different situations they’re going through. It’s nice to be down here and have a chat with everyone.”
Goalkeeper Roos added: “Football is great for bringing people together. You see the guys who come down here and they’re all from different backgrounds. They’ve all got their own situations going on, like everyone has, but for them all to get to play with each other here on a regular basis is fantastic.”
Lauren Asquith, the Community Trust's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, commented: “It is a brilliant programme that keeps growing and growing. When your mind gets taken over by mental illness it is so important to have a release, and football provides just that.”
The Derby County Community Trust provides a huge number of programmes designed to support physical and mental health. You can find out more here: derbycountycommunitytrust.com.