What a day!

On Wednesday Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, as part of our physical activity project #Get Set to Go, entered a team into MFC Foundation’s second annual Social Inclusion Football Tournament at the Herlingshaw Centre. Our players have all been attending weekly football sessions as part of MFC Foundation’s ‘Think with Your Feet’ social inclusion programme.

Teams at the tournament included Wrexham, Carlisle United and Lanchester, as well as Durham Dynamos, Sunderland and Hartlepool United from the North East. Local organisations, Lifeline, and Men Tell Health were also involved, as well as other sides representing MFC Foundation’s Think With Your Feet and Imagine Your Goals projects..

We were so proud of the players who represented Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, they had an amazing team spirt and conducted themselves fantastically well throughout the day. Special mention goes to Nathan who scored a ‘worldy’ in our second game and our goalkeeper Andy who made some fantastic saves. Thanks also to coach Chris, player coach Scott and the non playing ’Get Set to Go’ participants and volunteers who came along to cheer us on. As usual Adie kept us going with his bad jokes, although the other players will be pleased to know we may have negotiated him a free transfer to Everton.

Massive thanks also to MFC Foundation and in particular Claire Streeter Social Inclusion Co-ordinator who organised the event and even provided our players with MFC strips to wear. We all made new connections with other teams and organisations and had a brilliant day, we cant wait for next year!

The Active Choices team, representing Derby County Community Trust, were the overall winners, beating last year’s winners Everton FC Imagine Your Goals en route to a 1-0 victory over Rotherham United Community Sports Trust in the final. Meanwhile, Barnsley’s team prevailed in the second ‘League Cup’ strand of the competition. Well done to everyone who took part!

If you would like to find out more about our 'Get Set To Go' project click here.

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