The Duke of Cambridge to Launch The Heads Up Weekends

Duke of Cambridge


Paddington, London

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Football is coming together over two weekends in February to kick off the biggest ever conversation around mental health through football, in support of the Heads Up campaign. The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Football Association (FA), will attend a special event in London to launch the Heads Up Weekends on Wednesday 5th February, ahead of Time to Talk Day the following day.

The Heads Up Weekends, which are taking place on the 8th-9th and 15th-16th February, will see every football team from across the Premier League, English Football League, The National League, The Barclays Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship and The FA Women’s National League dedicate their matches to Heads Up. The weekends will highlight the power of talking as a way to support one another and normalise what can often be thought of as a difficult subject, with activity planned at fixtures across the men’s and women’s football calendar.

To launch the Heads Up Weekends, and ahead of Time to Talk Day the following day, the Duke will join players and managers from the men’s and women’s game at a table football tournament held at Paddington’s Heist Bank, along with football fans from across the country who have supported mental health projects within their communities. His Royal Highness will also learn more about the ongoing work taking place across football around mental health, and clubs’ plans for the Heads Up Weekends, before delivering some short remarks.

Heads Up is a season-long campaign spearheaded by the Duke of Cambridge which uses the influence and popularity of football to show the nation that mental health is just as important as physical health. It supports the important work which is already taking place across the UK to end the stigma surrounding mental health, and strives to raise awareness, spark conversation and signpost to support.

Catch up on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s most recent engagements, in the latest issue of Royal Life magazine.

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