A FOOTBALL tournament held in Bradford to help promote World Mental Health Day has been hailed a resounding success.

The competition, held at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, has been hosted by the Making Space Wellbeing Service and Equality for All C.I.C team for the past four years.

Making Space is a national charity and leading provider of adult and health and social care services, and Equality for All C.I.C. is a Community Interest Company that provides holistic support services to adults with a mental health illness.

The event was held to coincide with World Mental Health Day with the aim of raising community awareness and ending the stigma and discrimination around mental health issues.

Teams of service users from Bradford District Care Trust and voluntary sector agencies from across the district played five-a-side football matches against teams from Calderdale and Leeds.

The event was held in partnership with Sharing Voices Bradford, Bradford City Football Club, and the Bradford Park Avenue Community Association.

The winning team was Moorlands Elite, from Lynfield Mount Hospital, who now plan to go on and enter further tournaments.

All players received a certificate and were joined on the day by Bradford City player Daniel Devine.

Lynne Ash, service manager at Making Space, and Leanne Wright, managing director of Equality for All C.I.C. said: "All the service users had a brilliant day, saying it had been hard work but fun.

"The day reiterated the importance of supporting people with mental health conditions in improving their physical and emotional health."