Six year anniversary for Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation

March 25, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


Today marks six years since the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Professional Players Federation and Mind launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation to actively challenge the stigma around mental health in the sporting world.

Since 2015, more than 450 signatories have pledged their support for the Charter, including England Boxing, with each one committing to taking direct action to help make sport and physical activity across the country more mental health friendly.

As sport prepares to reopen once more, we are reminded of the potential for sport and recreation to help tackle many of the pressures people from all walks of life face, particularly those that have developed and been exacerbated over the past 12 months.

To celebrate the Charter’s sixth birthday, we asked our signatories to tell us more about the progress they’ve made in this area since joining the movement, the effects of the pandemic on their sport and its participants, and their hopes and vision for mental health in the sector in the next five years.

Hear from England Athletics, the Karate Union of Great Britain, Swim England, and many more in the following video.

England Boxing’s video to celebrate the Charter’s sixth birthday is below.

To watch the full length video, which features England Boxing’ Lynette Mayo, click here.

Look after your mental health

England Boxing has a dedicated page to mental heath and wellbeing that is updated regularly. Check it out here.

We also publish a weekly Wellbeing Wednesdays column posted on the website every week. This week’s edition can be found here.