Time to Tackle with Raith Rovers Community Foundation

Raith Rovers Community Foundation are delighted to launch “Time to Tackle”, a programme designed for adults to socially engage and stay physically active. This exciting project will see a weekly opportunity for adults to come together with one another as well as participate in an hour of football at Stark’s Park.

Sessions will be led by Time to Tackle founders Aaron and Siobhan Connolly and are completely FREE to all those attending.

Community Foundation Manager, Paul Greig commented, “We are delighted to finally get this opportunity off the ground with Aaron and Siobhan. Time to Tackle already works with several clubs across the country and the impact they are having on the lives of their participants has been incredible. We can’t wait to have the programme run here at Stark’s Park. The challenges of the pandemic have put added stress and strain on many of us and this programme is designed to support individuals, provide an opportunity to meet new people as well as stay physically active”.

Sessions will take place at Stark’s Park from 8pm – 10pm every Monday starting on 24th May 2021 and are open to everyone aged 16 years and over.

If you are interested in joining the programme please email info@timetotackle.co.uk



Summary of Time to Tackle.

Time to Tackle is a community programme set up to improve the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of our participants, challenge stigmas around mental health, raise awareness of mental health issues in Scotland’s communities and lead the fight against loneliness impacting mental health. We independently run 2 football therapy groups, one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh following our launch in October 2019 and we currently support approximately 60-80 participants each week. Our football therapy programme is a leading, Scottish FA award winning programme at the forefront of the fight against poor mental health and suicide. We offer participants free football, the opportunity to share experiences, listen and learn from lived experience and the education of our group leads.


  • Suicide prevention and improving mental wellbeing by normalising conversations around mental health and creating a stigma free, safe, non-judgemental environment to share problems and access peer support
  • Improve physical fitness by encouraging participation in sport and providing healthy post exercise refreshment
  • Improve emotional and social wellbeing and tackle loneliness by creating friendships with likeminded people
  • Challenge stigmas and raise awareness within the local community and further through our social media output and word of mouth
  • Provide further community engagement by providing the local community a programme they can be proud of.

Statement of Need

In Scotland 784 lives were lost to suicide in 2018 an increase from 680 in 2017, highlighting the mental health issues being faced up and down our country.

Suicide is the number one killer of males under 45 years old.

There are known links between death by suicide and deprivation, it is estimated that you are 3 times more likely to die by suicide if you live in one of our country’s deprived communities.

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