On Thursday 13th May 2021, Future Youth Zone was joined by the 11 Foundation and Chelsea Football Club to deliver a workshop for Mental Health Awareness Week.

A group of 16 young people took part in a discussion with Joe Cole about the challenges of being a teenager, and how those pressures effect their mental wellbeing. Alongside Future staff member, Ella, they tackled how to notice mental stresses and how best to deal with them. Following the discussion, the young people took part in a structured football coaching session led by Chelsea FC coaches and Joe Cole.

Joe Cole, co-founder of 11 Foundation said:

“Our coaching and education activities this week will encourage young people to talk about mental health and learn about positive coping strategies. I’m delighted Chelsea Foundation are making our Mental Health Awareness activity priority when the club’s men’s and women’s teams are preparing for major finals. It’s a positive reminder that the football is a powerful community in providing practical support and hope to young people who need somewhere to go, someone to talk to and something or someone to raise their aspirations.”

Gavin Evans, CEO of Future Zone in Barking and Dagenham said:

“I’d like to thank Joe and Carly Cole for their support and the amazing opportunities they have provided to young people in Barking and Dagenham. We are looking forward to working with the 11 Foundation over the coming years to ensure more young people can benefit from positive opportunities like this.”

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