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Hype Train FC announces Sport in Mind as Charity Partner!

Updated: Sep 20, 2022

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Hype Train FC partners with Sport In Mind:

Ahead of the 2022/23 season, the club's 4th as a grassroots football club, we are delighted to announce that our latest club partner is the Sport in Mind charity.

Based in the Reading area, and running sport and physical activity sessions throughout Berkshire and Buckinghamshire (and growing every day) areas, they are the UK's mental health sports charity. Sport in Mind delivers a programme of physical activity sessions to support the recovery of people living with mental health problems and inpatient care, and also educate people about mental illness and the benefits of being physically active, using the power of sport to change the attitudes towards mental health, as well as improving the lives of people in local communities for the better.

Hype Train FC is a grassroots football club, also based in the Reading area, that operates as part of The Hype Train brand, a football website that we started to channel our passion of all things football, which led to the start of the football team in 2019.

You can find more details across the club's main website about Sport in Mind, and can follow their website and social media links below, to find out more about the charity today.

Sport In Mind:


Social Media: @sportinmind

About Sport in Mind:

Sport in Mind is a registered charity with a simple mission: "to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity."

'At least one in four individuals are affected by mental health problems and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide.

At Sport in Mind we use sport and exercise not only to help people in their recovery from mental health problems, but to raise awareness of the benefits of being active for our mental health too. We’ve seen first-hand the positive impact physical activity can have on people’s mental health having supported the recovery of thousands of children, young people and adults each year. We believe there’s a sport or physical activity out there for everyone and Sport in Mind’s aim is to ensure every single person in the country can improve their mental health through a physical activity session they enjoy.

In addition to delivering physical activity programmes to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems, Sport in Mind also educates people about mental illness and the benefits of being physically active. Sadly, there are still many common misconceptions about mental illness in society today and we use the power of sport to bring people together to talk about mental health and help change attitudes.'

The team pose with Sport in Mind shirts before their 2022/23 season opener on 18/09/2022. Photography by Sam Austin

Thoughts from Club Owner & Secretary, Robert Austin:

"For the past year I have been beginning to think about the club's development to move everything in the right direction both on and off the pitch, and after seeing a few initiatives by local communities and clubs in our area, I've become inspired by the work that Sport in Mind do in the Reading and surrounding areas.

The term mental health doesn't do justice to the charity or their mission statement, the team at Sport in Mind care about general overall health and are trying to get more people active and happy through a variety of activities for people of all ages.

Through my own personal experience in football at a grassroots level, you can't underestimate the role mental health plays. As a Club Secretary, there can be long, lonely days and uncomfortable conversations, there can be bad games and training sessions, morale can vary and life for players can be difficult at times and they can struggle with a number of factors - injuries, the week-to-week grind, other external issues, it can be a lot when you care. I've seen people walk away from football due to their own internal struggles, so it's nice to know that there are dedicated people out there who can help reenergise people and communities, and give opportunities to people who might not be able to afford to attend a kickabout, or play a game of tennis or badminton for the first time. These are the types of people we as a club should be surrounding and supporting as we grow as a football club.

Hype Train FC are thrilled to be partnering with Sport in Mind, we can't wait to contribute, help raise funds, buy equipment, and promote the benefits of being physically active where we can, for a worthy cause that is close to the hearts of everyone who plays and cares about all sports and physical activity in the area."

Want to know more about The Hype Train?

The Hype Train is an entertainment website founded in 2015, specialising in general football and Fantasy sports reporting, starting with Fantasy Premier League (FPL), before expanding to MLS Fantasy coverage in 2018.

We pride ourselves in providing beautiful graphics, statistics, in-depth analytical reporting and free weekly insight for hopeful players attempting to climb rankings tables. We are also occasional media reviewers, with a keen interest to review games, live sport, and professional wrestling.

In 2019, Hype Train Football Club was formed, becoming the first Fantasy Football website to take to the field. HTFC is a socially active team across social and web channels, providing regular match highlights, match reports, comprehensive player statistics and unique player profiles. We won both Goal of the Season Awards in the Berkshire and County FA regions, with Callum Parr-Jones winning the Berks & Bucks FA award, whilst Martin King won the PlaySport UK award.

In 2021, we formed the Reading Sunday Social League (RSSL), a competitive Sunday League involving 8 teams in its debut season. During the 2021/22 season, we won our first-ever trophy, lifting the East Berkshire Football League's Presidents Cup!

The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog' in 2016 by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), and were again shortlisted as a finalist in 2019 in the 'Best Fantasy Football Blog' category.

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