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Ahead of the Game

Ahead of the Game is the Irish FA’s Foundations mental health programme for football clubs.

The course aims to support clubs and volunteers when dealing with mental health issues, challenging the stigma around mental health, promoting positive mental health and preventative measures.

The programme is sponsored by City Auctions and is a part of the UEFA Hat Trick funding for football and social responsibility and was developed in partnership with TAMHI (Tackling Awareness Of Mental Health Issues), Inspire and Train 2B Smart Soccer.

As part of the programme the Irish FA Foundation and Sports Chaplaincy UK are working in partnership to support mental health throughout Northern Ireland.

Sports Chaplaincy UK work in partnership with sports governing bodies who recognise the need for quality pastoral and spiritual support and provide chaplaincy throughout sport. Through their partnership with the Irish Football Association they will be providing sports chaplaincy services across the country via the 12 regional Irish FA Foundation Football Community Hubs

Former Northern Ireland, Manchester United and Newcastle United star Keith Gillespie is an ambassador for the programme and shares his story of gambling addiction to help raise awareness of mental health issues and let people know its good to talk about their issues, “I would like Ahead of the Game to be the start of a conversation”.

In February 2019 the programme received its royal seal of approval when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got an opportunity to hear about the impact of the programme from clubs who have attended the workshop and have gone back to promote mental health awareness throughout their club and local community.

 Upcoming courses: 

Date

Venue

Area

Time


 

     

23/09/2019

Sheskburn

Ballycastle

7-9pm

30/09/2019

Bangor Sportsplex

Bangor

7-9pm

18/10/2019

Wellington Church

Ballymena

10am-12pm

21/10/2019

Abbey Villa

Bangor

7-9pm

04/11/2019

Loughmoss

Lisburn/Castlereagh

7-9pm

18/11/2019

Richhill Leisure Centre

Armagh

7-9pm

 

To book on a course or for any further details on Ahead of the Game please contact our Club and Community Development Officer Gavin Nelson at: Gavin.Nelson@IrishFA.com