Larne Football Club is delighted to announce that we have become a signatory of the Sport and Recreation Alliance UK Mental Health Charter.
In doing so, we are just the second sports organisation from Northern Ireland and have officially become the first football club from our country to sign the Charter.
The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation was developed by the sector, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Professional Players Federation and the mental health charity Mind. By signing the Charter, there are three actions that we have committed to as a club:
- Use the power of sport to promote well being with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for positive mental health.
- Promote positive mental health messages with diverse role models and ambassadors.
- Actively reduce stigma and tackle discrimination regarding mental health making sure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
Tom Magee, the club’s new Mental Health Mentor, said: “In light of the prevalent mental health crisis which our country is facing, it is incredible to see such action from a pro active club.
“It is great to see the football club recognising their responsibility of promoting positive mental health, raising awareness of mental illnesses and creating a culture and environment that normalises mental health for all players, staff, and fans!”
Along with this news, we are also delighted to announce Katherine Haveron as Mental Health Champion for Larne Ladies.
Speaking on her new role, Katherine said: “I’m excited to get involved in championing mental health within Larne Ladies, aiming to create a safe place for everyone involved. I’m an advocate for inclusion and diversity and I hope that this is something I can bring to the team to drive the club forward.”