Duke of Cambridge, the FA and Stanmore College 06/09/2019
Duke of Cambridge and the FA’s mental health plea supported by Hendon FC and Stanmore College
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, has for some time expressed his support in relation to tackling mental health. The joint charitable vehicle for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, backed by the Royal Foundation, aims to enlist 4,000 volunteers this year to train and commit hours to the UK’s first 24/7 mental health texting service. The Royals are keen to nurture a culture of openness around mental health and continue to support charities with initiatives to combat the crisis.
One such initiative is the ‘Heads Up’ mental health campaign which was announced at Wembley Stadium by the Duke of Cambridge who is also President of the FA, FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn and Mind Chief Executive Paul Farmer in May 2019.
Heads Up aims to harness the power and popularity of football to change the way people think about mental health. The campaign conveys the message that good mental health is just as important as physical fitness and addresses the stigma that prevents individuals from discussing and seeking support.
Prince William’s most recent visit took place this morning, Friday 6th September. Hendon FC hosted the event at Silver Jubilee Park in Kingsbury NW9, where a large audience which included Stanmore College, Hendon FC players, coaches, club members, Brent Council, mental health charitable organisations, the BBC to name but a few were present.
Prince William delivered a strong message to all present about the importance of mental health.
Robert Morris, Honorary Vice-President of Hendon FC and Hendon FC colleagues have embarked on talks with Stanmore College to support the campaign through sport and education.
Sarbdip Noonan, Stanmore College Principal, commented in relation to the College’s support for the work being undertaken, “Stanmore College has a flourishing sports programme and we are excited about the opportunity to work with Hendon FC in relation to addressing the important issue of mental health through sport”.
Nicola Conibear, Vice-Principal (Curriculum and Quality), who represented Stanmore College added “we were honoured to attend and look forward to strengthening our relationship with Hendon FC and supporting mental health initiatives”.