FC Not Alone, a football-centred platform set up by second-year student Matthew Legg and his cousin Ian McKenzie, will be running their second 7-a-side tournament in conjunction with the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) on 15 June.
The 2019 tournament will be held in London and builds on the huge success of their 2018 tournament which raised £10,000 and saw several attendees referred to CALM’s services. Twenty-four teams took part and over 400 people attended. It also got coverage on the BBC, culminating in an interview with Huw Edwards.
Matt said: “We were absolutely delighted that so many people came on the day to take part in a tournament which was all about a topic that has long been ignored and lacking awareness. So many powerful discussions were had on the day as well as a competitive football tournament. It means the world to us to be able to raise money to try to prevent future male suicides, raise awareness about men’s mental health, and remind people it is okay to not be okay. So, we are hoping for more of the same discussions, money and great sport this summer”
FC Not Alone was founded in 2018 on the back of Matt’s battle with depression which forced him to defer his second year at Bath where he studies BSc International Management and Modern Languages. The club describes football as an integral part of culture within the UK and a frequent discussion point amongst men, which is why it's confident football can be a breakthrough point in getting men to open up about their health.
FC Not Alone recently appeared on Football Focus and the Premier League Show, both on the BBC, to talk about the successful initiative.
The Campaign against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.