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Portsmouth footballers share their wellbeing secrets with students at successful Feel Good Fest

Portsmouth Football Club players joined around 345 students and staff at the Feel Good Fest – an afternoon of free food and activities to celebrate and showcase what Portsmouth has to offer in supporting personal wellbeing.

Matt Casey and Luke McGee from the Pompey first team held a Q&A on their approach to health and wellbeing as part of our partnership with the football club. The two shared how they stay healthy and use mental strength to support their physical ability as well as what they do to relax and unwind. They were keen to get involved in the spirit of the day, taking part in activities such as hula hooping and a memory game trying to recall 20 items after doing a football drill.

The event was run by the Student Wellbeing team held in the Third Space in the Students’ Union, with ‘five ways to wellbeing’ activities that encourage us to:

  • Be active
  • Keep learning
  • Connect
  • Give
  • Take Notice

These activities included craft and photography workshops, taster sessions from Sport and Recreation and performances and entertainment from student societies. The Show Choir opened the event, and there were also performances by the Capoeira society demonstrating martial art through dance, the Korean society performing a K-pop dance display and the closing of the event by the Gospel Choir.

The event received great feedback with students enjoying the creative activities on offer and tasty food while staff made them aware of available support and information.

But everyone’s favourite part of the day was Ted the therapy dog from Pets As Therapy who was busy all afternoon giving out hugs and listening to students. Ted enhances lives in our communities by providing companionship and friendship to help tackle loneliness.

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