THE Kaleidoscope Plus Group are delighted to announce we will be teaming up with a host of Aston Villa legends to promote positive wellbeing and remove the stigma attached to mental health in sport.
We will be working with the newly-formed Lions and Legends team, which support fund raising events for charities and good causes, locally, nationally and internationally and is comprised of former Villa heroes, including European Cup winners Ken McNaught, Gordon Cowans and Tony Morley as well former internationals Lee Hendrie and Steve Staunton on a host of and coming events starting with a football fun day in Walsall on Sunday July 7 when Walsall Phoenix Old Boys take on the Lions and Legends at Aldridge Stick and Wicket Club .
Last year the charity match attracted acrowd of more than 1,500 people last year, but organisers plan for the 2013 event to be even bigger and better with a host of junior clubs from across the region competing in a range of cups before the main event kicks off at 2pm and then the day finishing off with a bang courtesy of live music form a range of bands and musicians.
Kaleidoscope Plus, Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq, believes the event will be a great opportunity to both raise awareness and promote positive mental health as well as helping to tackle the issue of mental health in sport and is looking forward to working in partnership with the Lions and Legends.
She said: “When we were asked whether we would like to get involved we said yes straightaway.
“This will not be an event where will be looking to raise money it will be one in which we will be looking to raise awareness of positive mental health to a large audience as we have a host of exciting activities planned for the day.
“The day will also allow us to tackle the stigma attached to mental health in sport especially in regards to those sportsmen who struggle once they have retired.
“It’s clear to see from some of the most high profile figures in British sport that this is a subject that needs addressing head on and we believe charities like ourselves can play a big part in helping those people in this difficult transition.
“We can’t wait for the day and encourage as many of you as possible to get along and support the day.”
The Lions and Legends chairman and former Holte End favourite Ken McNaught expressed his delight at working with The Kaleidoscope Plus Group both for this game and other events moving forward.
He said: “It’s really exciting to be working with Kaleidoscope Plus in the promotion of this match.
“It really is a perfect partnership as I understand the difficulties footballers face, be it a 16- year-old apprentices who have been released all the way through to International superstars whose careers have come to a natural end.
“I have first-hand experience of the trauma and turmoil this can have on your life so any help and support we can offer in conjunction with the Kaleidoscope Plus Group will be great.”