Service users and staff at a mental health unit in Norwich are now able to enjoy sports such as football and tennis after Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) refurbished an outdated court and brought it back to life.
The court, at Northside House in Thorpe, was officially re-opened by former Norwich City footballer Cedric Anselin on Friday (24 July) following an £7,500 investment by NSFT.
Service users at the unit are already making the most of the space after taking part in a football challenge and penalty shoot-out to mark the re-opening. The winner was presented with a ball signed by Cedric, who took time out on his birthday to come to the event.
“Exercise is very important for mental health,” said Cedric, who now acts as an advocate for good mental health after suffering with severe depression.
“This is a great facility. Being outside and exercising can be the highlight of the day for some people – for me, it resets a button in my mind.”
Emma Lewis, Head of Secure and Forensic Services with NSFT, said: “Physical activity is important for mental health and wellbeing and forms part of our proactive approach to care and treatment.
“I was excited to see so many of our service users and staff take part in Friday’s event. The day helped to build positive relationships which in turn support continued recovery.”
Service users and staff at Northside House, which was formerly known as the Norvic Clinic, are now planning a series of events to make the most of the space, including their own versions of Wimbledon, the European Championships and the Olympic Games.
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