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Duke to promote mental health awareness campaign during football club visit

Prince William is meeting players, fans and supporters at Hendon FC in north London.

The Duke of Cambridge is president of the Football Association (Chris Jackson/PA)
The Duke of Cambridge is president of the Football Association (Chris Jackson/PA)

By Tom Pilgrim, PA

The Duke of Cambridge will visit a north London football club on Friday to learn about its mental health outreach activities.

William, president of the Football Association (FA), will meet players, fans and supporters at Hendon FC to talk about their experiences of mental health issues.

The duke’s visit is part of efforts to promote the new Heads Up campaign, a joint initiative from the FA and the Heads Together charity, which seeks to raise awareness and encourage conversations around mental health – particularly among men.

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The Duke of Cambridge (third left) met with professional footballers earlier this year to discuss mental health (BBC/PA)

The season-long campaign was launched at the Community Shield last month and will conclude at the Emirates FA Cup Final in May next year.

In 2017, Hendon FC launched a programme with the Brent Early Years Intervention Service that aims to provide local access to football training sessions as a means of boosting well-being.

A group of young people have formed Hendon FC Mental Health team and now take part in specially tailored weekly training sessions at the club.

William, a passionate advocate for improving mental health, will join players on the pitch to hear how the project has helped them tackle their personal challenges.

In May, he met with footballers Thierry Henry, Peter Crouch, Danny Rose, Jermaine Jenas and Gareth Southgate to discuss how injury, body image concerns and depression affect players’ mental health.

William’s visit to Hendon also coincides with the launch of new FA guidance for football coaches and managers to help them identify and provide support to players facing mental health issues.

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