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Early Intervention Sporting Endeavours

The Early Intervention Service recently entered 2 teams, made up of service users, into the Worcester Early Intervention 5-aside Football Tournament.

The Teams, Sandwell United and Sandwell City, were made up of young men who meet up on a Friday afternoon to participate in the Sandwell E.I. Sports and Leisure Programme, organised by Physical Activity Co-ordinator, Tonte Lawson. Both teams played extremely well. Unfortunately Sandwell City were robbed of winning glory, losing the final 5 – 4 on penalties and finishing runners-up.


The sports and leisure programme is for young people who have experienced a psychotic episode for the first time. The aim of the programme is to help participants gain confidence, promote a healthier lifestyle, and help people extend social networks.

The tournament certainly kicked all of the boxes and was such a huge success, with everyone having a great time making new friends, that Sandwell Early Intervention service is hoping to host its own football tournament in the coming months.