Saturday, 8 October 2016

Stay Onside



It has been proven that exercise helps to not only improve our fitness levels but our mental health too. Activities such as walking or swimming are amongst the most popular choice of exercise but at Clyde FC they are bringing football to the forefront.

Stay Onside, is a men's football team, now the brilliant thing about this team is, it is made up of users of NHS Lanarkshire Psychological services. This is a first in the Cumbernauld area and when I heard about the project I wanted to find out more and see how I could get involved. At the moment they have between 9 and 12 regular players and train once a week at Broadwood.

The main aims of the team:


  • Create friendships and improve social wellbeing
  • Create a sense of belonging
  • Improve mental health
  • Improve fitness and general wellbeing
  • To have fun.

The team will take part in games across the country and have a game against Stenhousemuir at the end of this month. (date to be confirmed)  

I attended their first team meeting last month and on Wednesday I went along to one of their training sessions. Wearing their very own team kit, they guys got on great and you could see that they were really enjoying, not only playing the game, but being in the company of others.  

After the session I spoke with Clyde's head of community development and not only is he running these training sessions, he is looking into other projects that will benefit the people of Cumbernauld, giving more back to the community.

When I have information about any new projects I will update you all.



10 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great project and one which will such benefits for those involved.

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    1. They have worked hard to get it going and it will be a massive benefit to those involved, 100% agree x

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  2. It's a fantastic stress reliever to do exercise and something like this that combines a social element will hopefully make it easier for people to be motivated to action.

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    1. I find when I dance around the house when doing the housework, I feel a lot calmer, its a lovely feeling. I think what Clyde are doing is fantastic and future projects will only add to that x

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  3. Sounds like a great project. So important to exercise.

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    1. It really is important for overall health x

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  4. What a brilliant idea - I'd like to see this happening in our area x

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    1. Wish there were more initiatives like this everywhere!x

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  5. It sounds like a really good idea anything to help fitness levels and general well being should be supported :) x

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    1. It is a wonderful project and has been a success so far x

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