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FA Cup Ties To Promote Mental Health Drive

2 January 2020

Club News

FA Cup Ties To Promote Mental Health Drive

2 January 2020

The Football Association has

announced that all Emirates FA Cup Third Round fixtures will be delayed by one

minute to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute' to think about looking aftertheir mental health, as part of the Heads Up campaign.

The move will see all 32 ties (excluding

replays) kick-off one minute later than their traditionally scheduled broadcast

and non-broadcast timeslots, for example 3.01pm, 12.16pm and 7.46pm.

It is hoped that the initiative

will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with

60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved


During the minute delay, fans

will be encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their

own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member.

Heads Up is partnering with

Public Health England's Every Mind Matters across the Emirates FA Cup Third

Round to draw attention to the simple steps we can all take to look after our

mental health and wellbeing.

The partnership will signpost

to the free, online Every Mind Matters resources and ‘Your Mind Plan' tool,

which fans can use to create a personal mental health action plan, providing

them with a tailored set of simple self-care actions.

In conjunction with Heads Up charity

partners Mind, CALM, Heads Together and Sporting Chance, fans will also be

provided helpful tips and advice on how they can approach managing their mental


Messaging will be visible

across the weekend of fixtures, both in the stadia and for the millions

watching from home.

Spearheaded by HRH The Duke of

Cambridge, the Heads Up campaign harnesses the influence and popularity of

football to encourage more people – particularly men – to feel comfortable

talking about, and taking action to improve, their mental health and to

recognise that mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness.

Mark Bullingham, The FA's Chief

Executive said: “Whilst delaying kick-off times by 60 seconds is a simple idea,

it provides a powerful platform for us and our Heads Up charity partners to

deliver a really important message on mental health.

“We know that men in particular

can be reluctant to talk about the subject, so it is important that we use

football as a vehicle to stress the importance of mental fitness.”

Godric Smith, Chair of the

Heads Up campaign said: “It is fitting that the first big Heads Up campaign

moment should be linked to the Emirates FA Cup Third Round - a signature moment

in any football season.

“The Emirates FA Cup is a

competition for everyone - for clubs big and small - and we want to use its

power to help show that we all have mental health and that we can all take a

minute to focus on how we can start to improve it.”

The draw for The Emirates FA

Cup Third Round takes place on BBC Two this evening at 7pm and will be

facilitated by Tony Adams, former England international and three-time FA Cup

winner and founder of Heads Up charity partner, Sporting Chance.

Third Round ties will take place this coming weekend.

For more information on the Heads Up campaign visit – and Fans can also search ‘Every Mind Matters' to create their own personal mental health action plan.

Those in need of immediate support can text ‘HeadsUp' to

85258 to be connected to a trained crisis counsellor. This service is available

24/7, and free to text from most mobile networks.

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