Rotherham United Community Sports Trust Teams Up to Deliver Grassroots Mental Health Webinar
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust has teamed up with The Football Mental Health Alliance to offer a free webinar for all those involved in grassroots football.
Specifically, for all those who interact with football in any way, the webinar will be delivered by Martin Roberts, one of the UK’s leading experts in the lived mental health experience.
A teenage survivor of the Hillsborough disaster, Martin shares his vulnerability by speaking openly about that fateful day and how unbeknown to him, it would be the catalyst of what would be another personal fight for survival some 28 years later. His signature talk ‘A Walk in My Shoes’ truly shows people how important it is to prioritise their mental health and how leaders, players, staff, coaches and parents/carers within the football community can take key steps to support themselves and those in their care.
Martin will also share the support mechanisms he put in place to aid his recovery plus the significant role everyone can contribute to if others are experiencing a deterioration in their mental health.
Colan Leung, Health and Wellbeing Manager at RUCST said, “Here at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, the mental wellbeing of all those in our community is a huge priority for us. We are only too aware of the significant impact the events of the last couple of years and beyond have had and continue to have on the mental health of society.
“This webinar will allow people across the whole of Rotherham to learn and implement key tips around mental health from a recognised expert.”
Danny Matharu, founder of The Football Mental Health Alliance and a grassroots coach himself said, “We are delighted to be working with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust – an organisation that is truly committed not only to providing excellent educational opportunities but also to supporting the welfare of all those in their community holistically. It is widely recognised that early intervention is key when it comes to maintaining good mental health, so we hope this webinar can help in educating and supporting the mental health of all those who register.
“The plan is for this webinar to be the first in a series across a whole year, offered alongside a full suite of mental health support products for all those who interact with and are interested in football.”
Martin Roberts said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been invited by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and The Football Mental Health Alliance to share my personal story. As many will know it was a football match on the 15th of April 1989 that nearly cost me my life and did so tragically for 97 other fellow football supporters.
“Some 30 years later it totally defined my personal and professional life. A purpose in life is a life with purpose and I certainly have found mine.
“I commend both organisations for taking the lead on mental health in football and can’t wait to share how all those interested in football can take key steps to support themselves and those around them.”
Delegates can find more information and register for this free webinar at www.thefmha.com/events