Football stars open up about mental health for Heads Up campaign

31 Jul 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

A host of celebrities and famous names from the world of football have opened up on the issue of mental health as part of the Heads Up campaign.

The FA Cup Final, which takes place on Saturday 1st August, has been renamed the Heads Up FA Cup Final, and will feature the #SoundOfSupport.

With fans not able to attend the showpiece match in person, The FA will culminate its year-long campaign with the mental health campaign - fronted by Prince William - with a 60-second #SoundOfSupport moment dedicated to Heads Up. 

Unique artificial crowd noise will be played in the stadium, created from a soundscape of real mental health conversations with fans and players. The crowd noise will be introduced to the players and fans by a rallying spoken word piece from poet and mental health champion Hussain Manawer.

To build up to the event, a six-part #SoundOfSupport series features current and former players, managers and famous fans paired up to have candid conversations about their personal experiences of mental health.  

The series includes the likes of Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Andy Robertson, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, and Watford captain Troy Deeney talking to Alex Scott (above).