Match-worn shirts from Brentford's memorable win over Middlesbrough in February are now available for auction. The game was dedicated to the Heads Up campaign, which has been running across the season. Shirts worn by Brentford players on the day, when The Bees came from behind to win 3-2, can now be won in auction by fans.
Brentford joined with clubs across the country to kick off the biggest ever conversation on mental health on that day. The EFL has been working with Mind, the mental health charity, to help improve football’s approach to mental health and raise awareness around the country for the past few years. Across two weekends in February, every football team from across the Premier League, English Football League, The National League, The Barclays FA Women’s Super League, The FA Women’s Championship and The FA Women’s National League dedicated their matches to Heads Up, a partnership between The FA and Heads Together.
Spearheaded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Heads Up aims to harness the influence and popularity of football to normalise the conversation around mental health. The Heads Up weekends highlighted the power of talking as a way to support one another and dispel the stigma, with activity planned at fixtures across the men’s and women’s football calendar. On Saturday, 8 February, Brentford displayed the Heads Up emblem across stadiums, programmes and player kit, in a major unifying moment that aims to get the nation talking about mental health.
Those kits are now available for auction. Football Aid are working with Heads Together, the charity that created the Heads Up campaign, to give fans the chance to bid to own a selection of unique match worn shirts from the Heads Up weekends. The auctions will raise much-needed funds for the charity partners, Heads Together, Mind, and CALM, the campaign against living miserably. The Brentford FC Home shirts from the Brentford vs Middlesborough match at Griffin Park on Saturday 8th February 2020 are listed here.
The auction starts just after football came together to sign a joint declaration committing to make mental health a key priority at all levels of the game, as a lasting legacy of the Heads Up campaign. The ‘Mentally Healthy Football’ Declaration will see the English Football League (EFL) join with other football governing bodies, leagues and organisations from across UK football recognising that mental health is as important as physical health, and pioneering a ‘team approach’ on this important issue. See more here.
Whether you or someone you know is struggling, or if you want to help dispel the stigma, kick off a conversation about mental health. Join the conversation using #KickOffAConversation and #HeadsUp. Find out more and get tips from Heads Up’s charity partners (Mind, CALM, Sporting Chance and Heads Together) – visit www.headstogether.org.uk/heads-up. You can also join in Brentford's Talk Club - see more here.
Those wanting immediate support can also text ‘HeadsUp’ to 85258 to connect with a trained crisis volunteer – a service run by ‘Shout’ and powered by Crisis Text Line, which is available 24/7 and free to text from most mobile networks. For further advice and support please visit www.mind.org.uk. To learn more about the EFL’s partnership with Mind, please visit: mind.org.uk/onyourside.