On 24th of April ten teams battled it out for a trophy at the home of Scottish cup finalists St. Johnstone in the 2nd Annual SAINTS Mental Wellbeing Tournament.
Nine teams from across Scotland and one from England took part in the tournament which has been organised by the Saints Academy – Inclusion Through Sport (SAINTS) Project and is supported by the Scottish FA. All of the players on each team are adults who have experienced mental ill health.
The Queens Park Tackling Recovery project were the winners on the day.
The SAINTS Project is an award-winning innovative partnership between St. Johnstone and Perth & Kinross Council to assist breaking down barriers to accessing sport for adults with mental ill-health, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder or those recovering from substance misuse problems.
Roddy Grant, Associate Director of St Johnstone Football Club, said “I am delighted that St. Johnstone are hosting this Tournament for the second time and we have more teams entered than before. The club is proud to be a pledge signatory for the mental health ‘see me’ anti-stigma campaign and have long supported those living locally who may have experienced mental ill-health.
“Our Community Coaching Team in partnership with the Council has successfully delivered a range of opportunities to many different groups through the SAINTS Project and I hope we continue to work together and that the whole local community gets behind the team for the Scottish Cup Final. I wish all participants a very enjoyable day in this Tournament.”
Convener of Perth & Kinross Council’s Housing and Health Committee, Councillor Dave Doogan, said: “The SAINTS Project recently received national success with a CoSLA Award for Tackling Inequalities and Promoting Health and this tournament is another excellent example of why the project is so highly regarded. I am delighted to see so many teams travelling to Perth and Kinross to take part and wish everyone well on the day.”