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14 Nov

Improving Mental Health Through Cricket

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation will be starting a ten week introduction to cricket course today as part of their Health and Wellbeing theme. Delivered at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield on a weekly basis, the introduction to cricket course will serve to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people residing in the hospital.

Fieldhead Hospital provides a base for a range of mental health, learning disability and community services provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the Wakefield area. The Trust’s medium and low secure inpatient forensic services are also located at Fieldhead.

Mental Health charity, Mind, recently published figures that confirmed those with mental health problems who are regularly more physically active have better mental health than those who are not active. The ten weeks delivery will be based around the fundamentals of cricket and will be focused on ensuring the group have fun.

“This is a great example of how we can use the power of cricket to make an impact in the community and work towards reducing health inequalities in Yorkshire. Sport and physical activity are perfect platforms to bring people together and encourage social cohesion, team work and improve confidence.” Beth Cook, YCF Health and Wellbeing Manager.

For further information on the intervention, or other Health and Wellbeing work at the Foundation, please contact: Beth on


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