Exercise for
Mental Wellness

″it's like a tablet you don't have to take. All you need to do is to go down there...″


“We all experience mental distress at some point in our lives.”

Sporting Recovery encourages the most vulnerable adults to adopt a healthier lifestyle, by promoting structure and social interaction.

With our holistic approach to recovery, exercise, nutritional advice and education are integrated into an accessible form. Our mission is to ensure a positive impact is made within the local community.

Sporting Recovery Wellness Centre

Where all people can have the support, encouragement and
opportunities to manage their mental health.
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Who We Are

Sporting Recovery is about giving people the ability to be independent, but with support.


What We Do

Integrate sports, nutritional advice and education into an accessible form for adults.

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How To Join

Entry is by referral only. Referrals can be made via any multidisciplinary health team.

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How to help

We welcome the opportunity to work with volunteers and other community groups.

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Providing Solutions

Our sports programme provides team and exercises activities that teach players how to motivate themselves.

Sporting Recovery uses inspirational sports coaching and mentoring to engage people and improve their life chances. We partner with local community groups and health agencies to provide opportunities for vulnerable adults who may be disengaged, vulnerable or facing disadvantage to develop the social, thinking, emotional and physical skills that help them thrive. 

Our Wellness Cafeteria provides healthy snacks and nutritional information required to sustain a healthy lifestyle

Good nutrition is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, this is even more so when we engage in physical activity. Sporting Recovery lifestyle programme involves good food choices, ensuring you have enough energy to participate, which in turn helps training and aids recovery. Eat a varied and well-balanced diet that supplies the right amount of energy and essential nutrients
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Opportunities to develop coaching certificates in sporting and exercise disciplines alongside basic healthy cooking classes

All the sports courses are awarded by 1st4Sport Qualifications and developed in partnership with the different sporting organisation. These courses are the ‘first step’ along the coaching pathway and are nationally recognised qualifications providing an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions. Football Coaching Basketball Coaching Table Tennis Coach Food Hygiene We provide the opportunity to enrol on a Food Hygiene and a City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking course.
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What You Say

I am writing this in my capacity as a community mental health nurse currently employed by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I was a regular participant in the weekly Thursday afternoon football sessions run at the Damilola Taylor Centre in Peckham.
These weekly sessions were invaluable to the service users. It was always well attended and there were many regular clients who would attend every week, often arriving before staff. They all had a sense of ownership of these sessions and would often help set up equipment. These sessions would often see many individuals turn up who were generally very isolated and difficult to engage in the conventional manner.

Steve Bristow


Community Mental Health Nurse

I wish to offer my support to Sporting Recovery CIC in their formation of exercise programmes for mental health service users.
A successful football project named Peckham St Giles ran for some time at Camberwell in South London.
As a Health Professional, I was involved in the project and often helped and played with the service users.
I was extremely impressed by the running of the group by Ron Bell and I know the service users were very appreciative of his input.
The service users not only were engaged and kept well within the group, but they were assisted to move on to employment and educational opportunities, the success rate was very high.
I noted the keenness, camaraderie, hope and optimism of the service users and many of them continued contact amongst themselves beyond the group setting. 
The pilot project sadly ceased, but the participants have constantly asked when it will return.

I have no doubt that this has been the singular most effective mental health project I have seen in my 30 years as a social worker and hope very much it returns very soon.

Vishnu Singh


Southwark, Social Worker

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Damilola Taylor Centre
1 East Surrey Grove
London, SE15 6DR