Sport William speaks of mental health in football and his nerves over Villa’s draw
Prince William speaks up about football and mental health amid COVID-19 crisis
The Duke of Cambridge appeared on the latest episode of "That Peter Crouch Podcast."The Duke of Cambridge made his first-ever podcast appearance on the show's episode this week. As the president of the Football Association, the prince opened up about his mission to open mental health conversations through the sport. In fact, he spearheaded the campaign to rename the FA Cup final officially to the "Heads Up FA Cup final.
The Duke of Cambridge said he wants football clubs to “aspire to be much better” around the issue of mental health in the future.
William spoke about the issue ahead of the Heads Up FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea on Saturday, which he was watching from the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
Speaking to the BBC, the duke also revealed how his nerves “were the worst he’s ever known them” as he watched his club Aston Villa secure their Premier League status on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against West Ham.
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Asked about his Heads Up campaign, William said: “We started back last year thinking that to build the momentum around mental health, to be able to talk about more freely and openly, we need to use a vehicle that huge power and huge potential.
“And we realised that football has got that ability for every person up and down the country, all around the world to really relate to and understand, so we thought why not have the biggest conversation around mental health using football as that tool, and we have been really pleased with the response.”
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge give charity grants
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Foundation has donated £1.8 million to 10 charities.The couple's Royal Foundation will divide the money between various mental health organisations and those which help frontline emergency workers, including Mind, Hospice UK, the Ambulance Staff Charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably, Best Beginnings, The Anna Freud Centre, Place2Be, Shout 85258, The Mix, and Young Minds.
The duke said the campaign, which has been encouraging football fans to talk about issues in their lives, had been built on “other people’s good work”.
He said he hoped the legacy from the initiative would make “mentally healthy clubs look at themselves and want to aspire to be that much better”.
Speaking about Villa’s draw at West Ham on Sunday, the duke said: “The nerves were the worst I’ve ever known them.
“My children looked at me in horror as I was jumping off the sofa, screaming my head off.
“It’s very good news that as president of the FA that I can hide away until these moments, and I’m not visibly seen because it was one of the most stressful moments of my life, as I imagine every Villa fan felt on that day.
“But I’m very proud of everything the club has done this year and look forward to next season.”
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