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Aspire – February 2017

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Aspire Oxford has been helping disadvantaged local people to get active and get healthy with incredible results! Our Active Body, Healthy Mind project uses sport to improve mental wellbeing and promote social inclusion. Here’s Rennel’s story:

‘My name is Rennel Johnson and I am not ashamed to say that I have suffered with mental health and addiction issues for a long time. I started to engage with Active Body, Healthy Mind in July 2016. The football sessions are brilliant for me; I have never been given the opportunity to play football with people in the same situation as me before.

I was asked to go on a Level 1 FA coaching course and I was over the moon! Nobody has ever believed in me like this before, and it’s really helped my confidence grow even more. I eventually hope to find employment as a football coach.

My family are so happy with me now, and I am also proud of myself. I have Aspire and Active Body, Healthy Mind to thank for this. I am now looking forward to my future for the first time in a long time!’

Find out more about Aspire by visiting aspireoxford.co.uk or on our Univ in the Community page.

Published: 14 February 2017

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