Badminton enthusiasts from three English counties took to the courts last Thursday to celebrate Mental Health Awareness week – with Newbury being crowned champions for the second successive year at the annual Sport in Mind tournament.
Sport in Mind is a nationally acclaimed Berkshire mental health charity that uses sport to promote mental wellbeing and help aid the recovery of people experiencing mental health conditions.
Continuing their fine form from last year, Newbury were crowned champions at the tournament, defeating Reading to retain their trophy.
The annual event, now in its fifth year, has engaged more than 300 people with mental health problems since its establishment, and has proven to be popular in raising awareness of mental illness in the community.
To date, the charity’s programmes have helped more than 8,000 people with mental health issues both in the community and inpatient care.
This year’s badminton festival in Reading, delivered in partnership with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, engaged players from across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Organised by Badminton England registered Level 2 coaches Trevor Peters and Gill Smith, players engaged in both singles and doubles matches, in addition to fun games devised by the charity.
“We are thrilled at the success of the tournament yet again this year and we’d like to thank everyone who took part as they were the ones that made the day so special,” said Sport in Mind founder, Neil Harris.
“The event has helped us to raise awareness of mental health and has been a fantastic example of how sport can have a positive impact on the lives of people experiencing mental health conditions.”
Player Chris added: “Being involved with Sport in Mind has really helped rebuild my confidence and manage my depression more effectively.
“This event has been fantastic for me as it’s given me something positive to focus upon and helped me stop worrying about things.”
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