About Health Through Sport
Health Through Sport is a registered Charity and an accredited Openawards Centre founded in August 2005 and headed by ex-professional footballer Ronny Goodlass. During his illustrious career he played for – Everton FC, NAC Breda ( Holland ), ADO Den Haag ( Holland ), South China ( Hong Kong ), Tranmere Rovers FC, and Barrow FC. He was also Everton Youth Coach when Joe Royle was manager.
He coached such players as Richard Dunne, Michael Ball, Danny Cadamarteri, Leon Osman, and Tony Hibbert. They all went on to play in the Everton first team. For the last 24 years Ronny has been at BBC Radio Merseyside as matchday summariser for all Everton FC games. He also takes the post match phone-ins, which can be very interesting to say the least.
We have a remit of local initiatives primarily focused towards the rehabilitation of ex-offenders-addicts via educational-vocational courses with a view to eventually securing full-time employment and ultimately successful reintroduction to society.
Target Groups; Adults with mental health issues/young people and adults/ex-offenders/ex-drug and alcohol users.
Proposal; To engage with the subjects and guide them towards a variety of courses which will gain them tangible qualifications but in doing so improve their self-esteem and ambitions while stretching themselves physically and mentally within a safe and nurturing environment. Some of our main areas of focus are mixing Football Coaching sessions- including the opportunity to gain Openawards Football Coaching Level 1 & 2 with a view to continuing on in further education or progressing into the employment market.
- Self esteem-self confidence.
- A sense of belonging (self-assuredness).
- Improved group teamwork and communication skills.
- An understanding of team motivation (the success of others).
- Improved assertiveness and decision making.
- Anger management and conflict resolution.
We have ex-offenders on staff and via a sporting perspective look to offer hands-on personal involvement and long-term improvement in an attempt to address a significant local issue.
Funding; As a registered charity while we have several highly valued supporters we are of course constantly seeking funding but due to the specificity of our client’s we are ideally seeking partners with a long-term focus.