Keynsham Town Football Club are the latest Western League side in Bath and North East Somerset to pledge their support for the Leagues mental health partnership with Bath Mind.The Toolstation Western League have teamed up with Bath Mind to highlight the importance of recognising the mental health challenges young footballers and young people are facing, starting a conversation about mental health that aims to help the whole of the football family. Bath Mind have produced special posters, highlighting a variety of their support services for young people, designed to be hung in Western League changing rooms.

On Saturday March 5th, Keynsham Town played host to Bridgwater United in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division. The game was featured in the Leagues first ever Match Day Live broadcast, which is still available to listen online at www.toolstationleague.com.

Before kick off, Western League Podcast presenter, Ian Nockolds, who is leading this campaign met with Keynsham Town manager, John Allen to hand over the changing room posters and other support materials that can be made available to supporters in the club house.

John said; “I think it’s imperative we help promote such a worthy charity. Mental health is such an important part of a person’s general health, young men especially find it very hard to talk about any problems they have, so the fact football is giving Bath Mind a platform to help players seek such help can only be a great thing moving forward.”

Keynsham Town arranged a bucket collection for Bath Mind which raised £137, including a sizable donation from the first team squad. The Western League hope to extend this campaign across all 40 member Clubs, stretching from Bristolto Cornwall.

 

Editors Notes:

Research undertaken by the Western League into players mental health, conducted by Cognisant Research, highlighted that 25% of players had considered seeking support with a mental health issue. A summary of these results can be found on the Western League website at: http://toolstationleague.com/player-engagement-critical-to-the-future-of-the-non-league-game/

Enquiries for the Western League should be directed to Communications Officer, Ian Nockolds, on 07817 484955.

Enquiries for Bath MIND should be directed to Hannah Roperon 07943 496 835.

The attached picture shows Ian Nockolds (left) and John Allen (right).