—- The FAW has joined with the wider UK football family 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 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. Together, the UK football family will build on the important work that clubs and football organisations are already doing, working together to scale up these efforts across the football system.

To launch the Mentally Healthy Football Declaration, Heads Up have released a short film voiced by The Duke of Cambridge, featuring players and managers reaffirming their support for mental health, including Wales women’s captain Sophie Ingle, as well as senior leaders from the breadth of UK football including FA Wales CEO Jonathan Ford signing the Declaration on a video call with The Duke earlier this month.

View & download a video marking the signing of the Mentally Healthy Football Declaration click here.

To download the Mentally Healthy Clubs Declaration, click here.


Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, said, “At the FAW, we are committed to use the unique power of our game to unite with football organisations across the UK in supporting this important and necessary initiative, particularly during this most difficult time. We look forward to advancing on the positive changes needed to ensure that the mental health of all members of the football family is a priority.”


The Declaration will continue to build on the work the FAW and FAW Trust are doing to promote mental health through the FAW Trust ‘We Wear the Same Shirt’ programme, which you can read more on here.


Melissa Palmer​
Corporate Communications Executive
Football Association of Wales
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