County in the Community celebrate the success of their first ‘We Wear the Same Shirt’ event.
The event, which took place at Bettws yesterday, was organised in conjunction with the FAW Trust and was part of the Club's involvement with the 'We Wear the Same Shirt' campaign, which works with adults living with mental health conditions.
In attendance was County defender, Dan Butler, who is the Club's Mental Health Ambassador for the season. The event was low-key due to the fact that the players were nervous about playing in front of a crowd, but the event was supported by thirty-five supportive fans,
Community Development Officer, Norman Parselle, believes the event is a step in the right direction and has seen an increase in participation since starting the weekly sessions at the beginning of August.
“The Newport County AFC – We Wear the Same Shirt programme has been a winner.”
“We have been running for eight weeks at Newport Civil Service and the partnership with Danielle Seivwright and volunteers, Connor & Maria, at ‘C1st North’ has been great. We have seen 18 year olds and 50 year olds benefit from an organised football activity and then a cup of tea and a piece of fruit, plus a chat after the session. The chats or team talks have been as or even more beneficial than the football in many ways. Up the county!”
County in the Community operates weekly football sessions for the 'Wear the Same Shirt' initiative every Thursday at the PlayFootball Centre in Bettws (1pm-2:30pm), working nationally with ‘Time to Change Wales’ and the FAW Trust.
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