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WATCH: Sports stars can break mental health stigma

ITV Border spoke to Richard Metcalf from Active Cumbria, the sport and activity partnership that is part of Cumbria County Council.

It aims to encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity as a way coping with stress and anxiety.

Our presenter, Pam Royle, asked how having role models like footballer Aaron Lennon talking about the treatment they've received for mental health problems can encourage other people to talk and to seek help:


Almost two hundred thousands pounds has been awarded to Cumbria by the National Lottery fund, to encourage people to take up sport.

'Sportivate' is a £32 million legacy programme aimed to get more teenagers and young adults playing sport.

Younsters taking part in a race Credit: ITV Border

The programme will give people aged between 14 and 25 the chance to receive six weeks of coaching.

The investment, spread over four years, is estimated to allow 2,430 people to take in sport.

Active Cumbria has been allocated almost £50,000 per year to deliver the programme and is now looking for applications from sports providers to submit project proposals before the 31st December.

Young people keeping active Credit: ITV Borders

Sportivate will see 300,000 teenagers and young adults across England completing sports courses over four years.

People can find out more about the programme by visiting the Active Cumbria website.