Reading FC Women’s Fara Williams MBE was a guest of The Duke of Cambridge to support the FA’s Heads Up Campaign, kicking off football’s biggest ever conversation on mental health with a table football tournament.
Williams attended the day at Heist in Paddington on Wednesday, along with past and present footballers including former Reading player Fran Kirby and Kelly Smith MBE.
Prince William’s team, comprising His Royal Highness, Kirby, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Andros Townsend were victorious in the table football tournament against the team made up of Williams, Scott McTominay, Tony Adams and Ledley King.
Football is coming together this weekend with the ambition to kick off the biggest ever conversation around mental health, as new research shows just 1 in 3 football fans regularly talk about mental health with their friends. For two weekends in February, every football team from across the Premier League, English Football League, The National League, The Barclays FA Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship and The FA Women’s National League will dedicate their matches to Heads Up, a partnership between The FA and Heads Together.
Spearheaded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, the season-long Heads Up campaign aims to harness the influence and popularity of football to normalise the conversation around mental health, working closely with charity partners Mind, CALM and Sporting Chance.
The Heads Up Weekends are designed to highlight the power of talking as a way to support one another and dispel stigma across the men’s and women’s football calendar. Over 8th-9th February and 14th-17th February.
Visit HeadsTogether.org.uk/Heads-Up for tips on how to #KickOffAConversation