The EASI Cup International (mental health) Sports event kicks off on 24 June here in Oxford and runs until 28 June. The European Association for Sport and Social Integration event includes the final meeting in our european ‘Sport for Learning and Mental Health’ project. This project raises awareness of the challenges faced by those suffering mental ill health and the power of sport to make a positive difference.
Oxford Coasters (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust) and Streets Revolution CIC, supported by Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, are hosting the week long multi-sport event with up to 200 participants involved. Participants from Europe and the U.K. are expected to compete. They have experience of using mental health services and will be bringing along their supporters.
The message for the competition is ‘together we get a chance to change’. Colin Godfrey MBE, Activities Development Nurse explains, ‘since 2003 the EASI Cup, hosted by a different country each year, has given opportunities to those experiencing the effects of mental illness to come together through sport and friendly competition, to share positive experiences, to build lasting friendships and to challenge stigma and discrimination through dynamic action, promoting recovery’.
The tournament this year comes to Oxford for the first time – we are looking for partners able to donate financial support, and support in kind to help make the event a success and to provide a legacy for the work that we do.
To become a partner or find out more, please contact Colin Godfrey MBE firstname.lastname@example.org or 07881 507888. Alternatively you can contact Jon Reglar via email@example.com or 07713 333 359.