North Belfast charity urging football clubs to ‘have each other’s backs’

A North Belfast charity is urging football clubs in the area ‘have each other’s backs’ during Mental Health Awareness Week.

TAMHI works with sports clubs and groups who use sport to raise awareness of mental health and resilience.

They are asking football clubs to wear their kits back to front during the week which runs from May 9-15.

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They hope teams and clubs who are participating in training sessions or matches can get photographs of their players with their back to front kits.

Joe Donnelly from TAMHI – which stands for Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues – told Belfast Live: “The idea was inspired by Tori Laverty from Shorts FC and we would love for as many clubs to take part.

“We are asking all clubs who may be training or playing matches or tournaments to dedicate a bit of time to mental health during Mental Health Week 2022.

“TAMHI is working with IFA champions and PWC and across Northern Ireland we aim to have at least one focused event that celebrates the positive impact of football in relation to mental health.

“We are asking teams to show they have each others back by taking back to front kit pictures is simple and effective and a great way to champion wellbeing. We all go through difficult times and its often people who have our backs that get us through it. . “

TAMHI hopes the campaign catches the imagination and interest of clubs of all different ages, from juniors to seniors.

“We would love everyone to get involved during Mental Health Awareness Week,” Joe added.

“So hopefully we see plenty of photographs of teams and players wearing their back-to-front kits.”

Anyone who participates can add the hashtags #AOGCUP and #TAMHI to their social media posts when sharing photos.

Anyone interested or needing more information can contact Joe via email at joe@tamhi.org

More information on TAMHI can be found HERE

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