Trefelin BGC are proud to announce that in partnership with the FAW and DW Harris & Co Solicitors our home fixture on the 18th April will be dedicated to Mental Health Awareness. Many of you will be aware that the club has been at the forefront in raising awareness of mental health issues in sport and the community and one of the first clubs in Wales to have a dedicated Mental Health Officer – Martyn Wagstaff.

We spoke to Martyn to gain an idea of the clubs motivation behind this initiative:

Due to tragic events at the club nearly 3 years ago Trefelin has taken the stance to promote Mental Health Awareness locally and in the Welsh Football community.

As well as delivering Mental Health talks and training for over 20 club members on a recent Mental Health Awareness session, we are also visiting many clubs in the area with the aim of delivering this training to as many people as possible in the future.

We as a club would like to break down the barriers and stigmas involved with Mental Health. We believe that committing to a Mental Health Awareness day coinciding with a big local derby in the JD Cymru South Division shows our dedication to this.

Trefelin BGC has been supported by the FAW and DW Harris Solicitors with all our Mental Health Awareness projects to date, and our focus is to drive as many projects forward as a club and community as possible.”

I think everyone can agree this is a fantastic initiative, Trefelin BGC believe sports clubs have a special place in communities and provide an ideal platform to gain support for important projects and this project is no exception.

As Martyn mentioned none of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors DW Harris & Co Solicitors and the FAW who sent a number of senior members to our recent Mental Health Awareness session including Noel Mooney (Chief Executive)and we cant thank them enough for their support.

In response to the initiative main sponsors David W Harris & Co Solicitors said:

David W Harris & Co recognises that raising mental health awareness can help sufferers to understand their symptoms, find professional treatment, and, perhaps most importantly, break the mental health stigma that leaves many people unable to share their suffering. We are delighted to support Trefelin BGC with this initiative.”

A final thanks to our opponents Goytre United who have been hugely supportive of our plans since day one, like Trefelin, Goytre are a club embedded in their community and we look forward to working with them on future projects.

We hope everyone can join us on the 18th April at the Ynys Park for what is a key day in the clubs Mental Health Awareness activities.