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Mental health awareness football team – VCS United

Vulnerable Citizen Support has launched a football team to encourage people with mental health issues, especially men, to talk and gain support while enjoying sport.

VCS United is open to anyone who wants to try football, or anyone who needs to talk even if they don’t want to play – just come along to training if you think you’d benefit from a chat, anyone is welcome.

The team trains every Tuesday, at Rodley Cricket Ground, and it’s registered in the FA amateur league but its main aim is to raise awareness about poor mental health.

Our director Haydn Jessop said: “VCS wants to bring something different to a football field – allowing men to speak out. Our aim is to have fun, and better visions for the future as well as raising as much awareness as possible about mental health. We welcome anyone who wants to get involved of all abilities – most of us haven’t played football for years so it’s all about team spirit.

The team has some dedicated sponsors already – Servo Group, John the Plumber, Simfit 100, Arc Forwarding, HBD Group and Mr Window Cleaner but it also welcomes more.

To get involved, please contact Haydn on 07549 618859 or come down to training at 6.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.