NIFL Development Manager Steven Mills pictured with Oisin McConville, Alex Mills and Leon McKenzie of Sporting Chance


Earlier this year the NI Football League and Sport NI announced a player welfare partnership with mental health and addiction charity Sporting Chance.

Formed in 2000 by former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams, the charity provides support, counselling, treatment, and aftercare to sportsmen and women who are suffering from addictive illnesses such as alcoholism, drug abuse, compulsive gambling and eating disorders; and all the side effects, including anxiety and depression.

As part of this partnership our club managers, coaches and officials were invited to a private session with the Sporting Chance team to discuss how best to offer mental health support services to our clubs, players and personnel.

Taking place at the Titanic Centre as part of Sport NI’s Game Changer Conference a round table discussion highlighted some local issues and suggestions on the best way forward to develop the partnership so it would be seen as a useful training tool that adds value to our clubs.

The programme aims to raise awareness of mental health for players and staff and offer addiction support at three different levels;

Academy Player Education – organised by the NI Football League through Academy League development days the Sporting Chance team will deliver education and awareness workshops to young players playing within the NIFL Academy League

Senior Player Workshops – on request and based on need the NI Football League will deploy the Sporting Chance team to deliver workshops at individual clubs at senior level

For any of the above please contact NIFL Development Manager Steven Mills: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07472750799

Counselling & Referral Service – private and confidential support for individuals directly through the Sporting Chance Clinic. Please note any communication to this service is strictly confidential, the NI Football League, no member clubs or individual outside of Sporting Chance will be aware of any individual who avails of this service

To utilise this service please contact Sporting Chance Counsellor Oisin McConville: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 00353 (87) 663 66 23


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