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Football for Good

Nil by Mouth were delighted to once again sponsor a football competition set up to help people’s mental health through sport.

 

The Scottish Mental Health & Wellbeing League Cup was held on Tuesday 28th November at Toryglen Football Centre and brough players and teams from across Scotland together to compete for a special trophy named after legendary Scottish Football broadcaster and writer Archie MacPherson.


The league’s aim is to support the recovery of individuals with lived experience of mental ill-health and tackle stigma associated with it through football. League Chair David McPhee believes there is now a willingness to talk about mental health which up until recently may have been missing and it is hoped the tie in with the charity will allow players to learn more about using the sport as a vehicle for inclusion. 



Nil by Mouth Director Dave Scott said:


Our work often brings us into contact with the negative aspects of Scottish football so we feel it is important that we also support the parts of the game that bring hope and happiness to people. This is such a brilliant initiative that plays such an important part in the life of the players and coaches involved and we are delighted to sponsor the event for a second year. I had the chance to talk with a number of people from different clubs on the day and it was so clear that involvement with the league is a huge positive for them. It was also wonderful that Archie kindly agreed to hand over and lend his name to the Trophy. Earlier this year he spoke very publicly and powerfully about his own struggles with mental health and so many players came up to speak to him about their lives and respect for him. Everyone involved with Nil by Mouth are fully behind this brilliant initiative.’

 

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