CLACKS COUNCIL is launching a five-a-side football initiative focus on supporting mental wellbeing in people. 

The idea behind the project is to provide a regular exercise opportunity for people suffering from issues such as depression, anxiety and loneliness and encourage participants to socialise and talk about the things affecting them. 

While the physical benefits of staying active are well-documented, perhaps it is less known the mental health benefits a weekly game of football can offer. 

And that was at the heart of the idea developed by local resident Paul MacKintosh, who has been supported by the council and Clackmannanshire Healthier Lives.

Mr MacKintosh said: "This is a great resource for anyone looking to improve their mental wellbeing or making new friends and enjoying a game of football. 

"There will also be the chance to discuss any problems or issues that people might have and I will try and help in any way I can."

The support of the two organisations will allow the first four weeks of the five-asides to be available at no cost.

The football will be held in Alva Academy games hall every Tuesday in September from 8pm to 9pm and there is no need to book.